of or relating to unnecessary procedures and red tape
In a meeting with counterparts from around the world, Mr. Trump said the United Nations had grown too
and ineffective and should reorient its approach.
- The New York Times (September 18, 2017)
President Trump was in New York this week, at the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. In brief remarks the day before
his official address
, Mr. Trump criticized the United Nations itself as bloated and not efficient or effective.
remove completely from recognition or memory
Just when the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appeared to be dead, a last-ditch push to
the law could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate, and a handful of Republicans insist they are closing in on the votes.
- The New York Times (September 18, 2017)
Republicans in Congress have put together another bill to repeal "Obamacare," as it is known. Some senators, like Rand Paul of Kentucky, have already stated they will not support the bill. A big factor working against this new bill is time — the Office of Management and Budget, which evaluates the plan in terms of cost and people affected, will not have time to "score" the bill prior to the scheduled vote and Senators will therefore not have a clear sense of what they are voting on.
be received or understood
The Emmy Awards for excellence in television were presented on Sunday night. The annual event continued its recent trend of awarding diversity in the art form, and thereby awarded many "firsts." This year marked the first win by an African American woman for writing on a sitcom, Lena Waithe, for the show "Atlanta."
disposed to venture or take risks
"It" was number one at the box office again this week, but that wasn't the big box office story. The buzz this week was the poor performance of "Mother!" starring Jennifer Lawrence. It earned less than $10 million dollars, and when people leaving the theater were asked what they thought of the film, it scored a grade of "F" in the polling. Since 1986, only 18 other movies have received that grade.
without question and beyond doubt
Houston Texans defensive star J.J. Watt had a goal. He wanted to raise $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief for Texas and the surrounding area. Watt's charity has succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams, and so far the organization has raised $37.1 million dollars. This generosity is a true testament to the good spirit of people across the country who respond in times of crisis.
the termination or disintegration of a relationship
Now Ward is back with Sing, Unburied, Sing. Again, she tells a tragic story about an African American family challenged with
, but the threats here are more complex and even more tenacious than Katrina.
- philly.com (September 17, 2017)
The National Book Award nominees were announced this week. One of the serious contenders this year is Jesmyn Ward's
Sing, Unburied, Sing. The final nominees will be announced on October 4th and the winners will be revealed on November 15th.
the first of a series of actions
"I'm proud to announce an
to pay DACA renewal fees for every Rhode Island DREAMer who is eligible to apply for renewal by Oct. 5,"
- thehill.com (September 18, 2017)
The fallout from the movement to repeal DACA continued this week. With DACA no longer in place, the children of illegal immigrants have to pay a registration fee by a certain date. The state of Rhode Island announced that it is not waiting for a congressional plan; it will pay that fee for all of Rhode Island's "Dreamers." Rhode Island currently has about 3,000 people who were covered by DACA and are therefore eligible for this new program.
That paradise of play, that fantasyland of fun, Toys"R"Us, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The store has been greatly impacted by the online sales of other retailers. It is unclear whether the chain will have to close some stores nationwide as a result of this financial trouble, but a huge giraffe mascot named Geoffrey may soon be out of a job.
pose a threat to; present a danger to
President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. On the topic of North Korea, the president threatened to "totally destroy" that country, referred to its leader Kim Jong-un as "Rocket Man," and questioned the ethics of countries that trade with North Korea on the first place.
an artful or simulated semblance
President Trump regards the deal that the Obama administration made with Iran as a terrible step backward in dealing with that country. He does not trust any of the promises Iran made in that deal to curb its nuclear weapons program. This is one of the reasons he suggested in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly that Iran hides behind a "false guise." He feels that the country's representatives will say one thing and turn around and do the opposite.
a point on the Earth's surface directly above an earthquake
Another earthquake hit Mexico this week, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. This earthquake comes less than two weeks after an 8.1 earthquake hit that country and killed one hundred people. Although this week's quake was less severe in magnitude, its
epicenter was closer to the densely populated metropolis of Mexico City.
level of authority in a hierarchy
"Hurricane Maria is really scraping the upper
of what's possible with hurricanes, (with) 175 mph sustained winds right around the center of the storm," Van Dam said Tuesday.
- cnn.com (September 20, 2017)
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico this week. This hurricane season has been terrible for the Caribbean islands, and Maria only made things worse. 155 mile-per-hour winds and flash flooding destroyed much of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. At last report the entire island was without power.
an oldster in his dotage
On Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivered a biting comeback to Trump's "Rocket Man" insult that has brought a lot of attention to this little-know word.