great coolness and composure under strain
Naomi Osaka followed up her US Open triumph with
in Melbourne, outlasting two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova to win her second Grand Slam title and the battle for World No.1 at the Australian Open.
- WTA Tennis (Jan 26, 2019)
Naomi Osaka beat Petra Kvitova to win the Australia Open tennis tournament. Osaka also won the U.S. Open in September, making her the first female player to win back-to-back majors since Serena Williams in 2001.
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
“That would be wonderful” if the president would stay out of the discussions, Ms. Lowey said. “I’d love it if Republican appropriators and Democratic appropriators could get together with all the facts and work out all the details.”
- The Wall Street Journal (Jan 30, 2019)
Now that the federal government is open, a Congressional committee has been assembled to settle the issues that led to the shutdown in the first place. Primary among these is, of course, border security.
Appropriate has several meanings, and when it's used in this form it describes the people responsible for deciding where the money goes.
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
Speaking of border security, the Pentagon announced this week that at least 2,000 more troops will be sent to the U.S. - Mexico border, bringing the total number to just under 4,500. According to reports, the reason for the military presence is to conduct surveillance and to install more wire to discourage illegal border crossings. President Trump calls the border situation a national emergency, while Democrats accuse him of
flagrantly exaggerating the problem.
marked by or showing hopelessness
When Ruby Kate was visiting one of these nursing homes over the weekend, she noticed one of the residents gazing forlornly out the window.
- Good News Network (Jan 27, 2019)
An eleven-year-old Arkansas girl is helping local seniors. Many elderly nursing home residents live on fixed incomes, and if they can no longer afford to care for their pets they may be forced to give their companion animals away. That's why Ruby Kate started the Three Wishes Project. So far, the young girl has raised $26,000 to help seniors pay for various things, like pet care and transportation.
a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
impacts iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave with the newly added Group FaceTime feature.
- CNN (Jan 28, 2019)
In case you haven't heard, there's a problem with Apple’s FaceTime. Essentially, it allows callers to spy on people. To make matters worse, it was revealed that Apple knew about the
glitch for a week without telling the public, but now the tech giant is warning users to disable the Group FaceTime feature while they work on a fix.
in a manner incapable of being disentangled or untied
Even though Mr. Schultz is no longer running Starbucks, the company is
linked with him since he was the brand’s public face and leader for three decades, corporate branding experts say.
- The Wall Street Journal (Jan 30, 2019)
Former Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz is considering mounting a campaign as an independent candidate for President. Democrats are nervous that Schultz would effectively re-elect president Trump by splitting the vote, meaning a large portion of people would cast their ballot for a third candidate instead of for the Democratic nominee.
original and of a kind not seen before
Scientists at M.I.T. are working on a device that converts the energy expended by wifi networks into energy that could power your electronic devices. The process involves changing AC electromagnetic waves into DC electricity. Since wifi networks are just about everywhere, if this technology works, you'd never have to worry about charging your phone again. Here, the word
novel means one-of-a-kind and innovative.
someone who commits wrongdoing
Jussie Smollett, an actor who stars on the TV show
Empire was attacked in Chicago this week. Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
done with very great haste and without due deliberation
The growing discontent among Republican national security hawks was most evident on Tuesday when Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader and perhaps Mr. Trump’s most important partner in Congress, effectively rebuked the president by introducing a measure denouncing “a
withdrawal” of American troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
- The New York Times (Jan 29, 2019)
Supporters of the President are worried that Republican officials may be turning on him. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, C.I.A. Director Gina Haspel, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all strongly contradicted the President's assessment of global threats, and criticized his recent drawdown of troops in Syria and Afghanistan. The President, in turn, suggested that these top officials are "naive."
the shape of something rotating rapidly
A historic and deadly cold snap, fueled by the polar
, gripped a wide swath of the nation Wednesday, with temperatures plunging far below zero and wind chill numbers as extraordinary as they are dangerous.
- USA Today (Jan 30, 2019)
On Wednesday, the thermometer read 21 degrees below zero in Chicago. With the wind chill, that felt like 51 degrees below zero. The extreme cold, which has affected a huge portion of the U.S., has led to businesses and schools being closed, and even the post office has stopped delivering mail in some areas. Several deaths have been attributed to the arctic blast, which is being caused by a weather phenomenon known as a