involving financial matters
With just five days left to make a deal, President Obama and members of the Senate were set to return to Washington on Thursday with no clear path out of their
fiscal morass even as the Treasury Department warned that the government will soon be unable to pay its bills unless Congress acts.
a legislator who gives long speeches to obstruct legislation
If passed without a
filibuster, that legislation could force the House speaker’s hand and quiet his raucous Republican conference.
infer from incomplete evidence
The managers of this 164,000-employee factory, she
surmised, believed that comfort encouraged sloth.
terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end
Foxconn, China’s largest private employer, pledged to sharply
curtail workers’ hours and significantly increase wages — reforms that, if fully carried out next year as planned, could create a ripple effect that benefits tens of millions of workers across the electronics industry, employment experts say.
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
No other major manufacturer has pledged to
abide by China’s work-hour laws in such a public manner.
a massive inexorable force
The company has helped make China into a manufacturing
juggernaut through strict discipline that is visible everywhere, even in the salutes managers give visiting executives.
the state of having rejected a cause
Syria’s government suffered an embarrassing new setback as the top general responsible for preventing
defections within the military became a defector himself, making what insurgents described on Wednesday as a daring back-roads escape by motorcycle across the border into Turkey.
the governing authority of a political unit
regime army has lost control over most of the country,” the general said in an interview on the Saudi-owned channel, which has heavily criticized the Syrian government.
disagreeing, especially with a majority
He also presided over a force that guarded prisons where civilian
dissidents were held.
exist in large quantities
In the past few weeks, unconfirmed reports have also
abounded about the possible defection of Syria’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, who had numerous foreign contacts and who disappeared from public view in early December.