make a counterattack and return like for like
China imposed tariffs on a range of U.S. goods, following through on a promise to
against the Trump administration’s penalties on imports of Chinese steel and aluminum.
- The Wall Street Journal (Apr. 1, 2018)
After President Trump enacted tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum, the Chinese responded with tariffs of their own this week. Among the goods affected by these extra fees are pork and fruit. Analysts worry that this could set the stage for a full-scale trade war between China and the U.S.
liable to sudden unpredictable change
President Trump stepped up his attacks on illegal immigration this week on Twitter, as he seemed to call off any potential deal on DACA and reiterated his promise of a border wall with Mexico. Later in the week he called for sending the National Guard to patrol the Mexican border while the wall is built, to address the problem "militarily."
steadiness of mind under stress
Notre Dame regained its
offensively and went on a 16-1 run over the final six minutes of the third quarter to tie the game 41-41 heading into the fourth.
- USA Today (Apr. 1, 2018)
Notre Dame beat Mississippi State this week on a last-second shot to win the Women's NCAA Basketball Championship. It was Arike Ogunbowale's second amazing game-winning shot in a few days, as similar heroics led her team to beat perennial powerhouse UConn earlier in the tournament. This is the Notre Dame women's first championship since 2001.
close in time; about to occur
Astronomers say the
arrival of new, more powerful telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope will make it possible to study the evolution of the earliest stars in greater detail than ever expected.
- USA Today (Apr. 2, 2018)
Astronomers announced this week that they had located a star nine billion light years away from Earth. That is the farthest away an individual star has ever been detected. It is usually impossible to see individual stars at this distance but a naturally occurring phenomenon called gravitational lensing, wherein the gravity of galaxies bends the light from the star, and the power of the Hubble Telescope, made detection possible.
novel; having no earlier occurrence
“Every patient with a TRK fusion-positive solid tumor treated on this study had their tumor shrink. The nearly universal response rate seen with larotrectinib is
,” Dr. Laetsch said.
- goodnewsnetwork.org ( Apr. 2, 2018)
There is now hope of a treatment for a type of gene fusion found in many pediatric cancers. Larotrectinib interferes with the gene fusions which cause many different types of cancer in young people and has been shown so far to be 93% effective. Because it deals with a mechanism of cancer expression and growth and not the specifics of an individual disease, the medicine can be widely used for many different kinds of cancer.
something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
The president drew bipartisan criticism for his call, both because he congratulated Putin after an election widely seen as a
and because he didn’t mention either a recent nerve-agent attack in England blamed on Russia or its interference in the 2016 U.S. election campaign.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Apr. 2, 2018)
Russia announced this week that President Trump had invited Vladimir Putin to the White House for a summit. The president said the invitation was made during a phone call placed to Putin to congratulate him on his recent Presidential victory. Many observers see that victory as phony, a
sham, because Putin was running essentially unopposed. The White House later downplayed talk of any invitation.
speed up the progress of; facilitate
The new quotas for judges to meet—laid out in a memo sent Friday to immigration judges—follow other directives by the department to
handling of cases.
- The Wall Street Journal (Apr. 2, 2018)
The Trump administration's overhaul of the immigration system continued this week with the Justice Department providing new guidelines for judges hearing immigration cases. Essentially, a quota system has been set up concerning how many cases a judge must hear in a given year. Critics of the plan contend that this interferes with the judges' ability to do their job, while supporters claim that speeding the process gets potentially dangerous illegal immigrants out of the country sooner.
a massive inexorable force
are not supposed to look like this, without a superstar, a catchy nickname, a lineup of future N.B.A. All-Stars or the air of intimidation that is palpable even in layup lines.
- The New York Times (Apr. 3, 2018)
Villanova beat Michigan this week to win the Men's NCAA basketball tournament. Villanova was a dominating force in all of its games in the tournament, finding different ways to beat their opponent each time. This championship marks Villanova's second in three years and solidifies their status as a powerhouse basketball program.
avoid and stay away from deliberately
To flip itself public, Spotify executed a rare move called a direct listing,
investment-banking underwriters and opting not to raise any money for itself.
- The Wall Street Journal (Apr. 3, 2018)
The world's most popular streaming music service, Spotify, has gone public and shares are now available for purchase on the New York Stock Exchange. Spotify has about 70 million paid subscribers worldwide and is currently valued at a little over $26.5 Billion dollars.
meet or cross at a point; overlap
The criminal case against van der Zwaan is not directly related to Russian election interference, the main focus of Mueller's probe. But it has revealed new details about the government's case against Manafort and opened a window into the
universes of international law, foreign consulting work and politics.
-The Chicago Tribune (Apr 3, 2018)
The first jail sentence has been handed down in the Mueller investigation surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election. One of the people being investigated is Paul Manafort, a former Trump advisor. Alex van der Zwaan, who was questioned in regards to Manafort, has been sentence to 30 days in jail and fined $20,000 for lying to investigators under oath. Both supporters and critics of the Mueller probe have noted that this event highlights the investigation's long reach.
a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation
While Ms. Aghdam appeared to have a long-running
against the company, the Police Department said that it did not appear that she knew any of the three shooting victims.
- The New York Times (Apr. 4, 2018)
Nasim Najafi Aghdam opened fire on the YouTube campus in California on Tuesday. Aghdam injured three people before killing herself. It seems that Aghdam was upset about what she perceived as censorship of her YouTube channel and practices by YouTube that she believes cheated her out of advertising revenue.