• Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she now wants the Supreme Court to back marriage equality as a constitutional right. Clinton has been a vocal backer of gay rights. But she had hedged when it came to marriage, saying she advocated expansion of marriage rights for same-sex couples on a state-by-state basis. That changed last month as a Supreme Court case loomed in which advocates asked the justices to strike down the remaining state laws that ban same-sex marriages. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," Adrienne Elrod, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement. The statement puts Clinton in line with the Obama administration and many other Democrats.

    to back/soutenir, appuyer – vocal/ardent, véhément - gay rights/droits des homosexuels - to hedge/esquiver, se dérober, se défiler - when it came to/quand il s'est agi de - to advocate/soutenir, défendre - same-sex/homosexuel - to loom/se profiler à l'horizon – justice/ici juge - to strike, struck, struck down/terrasser, ici déclarer inconstitutionnel - to ban/interdire - to support/soutenir, défendre - to come, came, come down on the side of/se ranger du côté de, soutenir, appuyer – spokeswoman/porte-parole – statement/déclaration - in line with/en accord avec

    Publié le 11/05/2015
  • Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has ruled out forming a three party coalition government with the Scottish National Party. In his keynote speech to the party's spring conference in Liverpool earlier this month, Mr Clegg said: "So let me be clear: just like we would not put UKIP in charge of Europe, we are not going to put the SNP in charge of Britain - country they want to rip apart. It's just not going to happen." Having propped up the Tory-led coalition for half a decade, Nick Clegg also turned his ire on his partners in government, warning that future plans for the economy under a Tory majority would be "deeply regressive and unfair."

    to rule out/exclure - keynote speech/discours inaugural - to rip apart/déchirer, ici mettre en pieces - to prop up/appuyer, soutenir - to warn/mettre en garde, avertir

    Publié le 1/04/2015
  • Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart

    US Comedian Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central's satirical program The Daily Show later this year, the network has said in a statement. Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless paid tribute to Stewart's contribution. "Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come," Ms Ganeless said in a statement. Stewart, 52, has led The Daily Show since 1999. Stewart's lampooning of public figures and politicians earned him a loyal following across age groups. His show has often been cited as the top news source for young people. On average, The Daily Show reaches slightly more than 1 million viewers.

    Comedy Central/chaîne de télévision américaine créée en 1991, consacrée à l'humour et au rire – statement/déclaration - to pay tribute to sb-sth/rendre hommage à qqn-qch – touchstone/ici référence - unparalleled (US)= unparallelled (GB)/sans égal - to endure/perdurer - to lampoon/fustiger, critiquer – figure/personnage, personnalité - to earn/ici valoir (à) – following/(public d')adeptes, fans - to reach/atteindre, ici être suivi par – slightly/légèrement, un peu – viewer/téléspectateur

    Publié le 24/02/2015
  • Steven Emerson

    Steven Emerson

    On 11 January 2015, Fox News commentator Steven Emerson, who had been criticized for inaccuracies in the past, reported that Birmingham, a city of over 1 million people in the UK, was a Muslim only city: "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in". The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, commented "When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools’ day. This guy’s clearly a complete idiot." Emerson, said to be an expert of Muslim terrorism, later apologized for what he called a "terrible", "inexcusable", "reckless" and "irresponsible" error, and made a donation of £500 to the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

    inaccuracy/inexactitude - to report/déclarer - no-go zone/zone interdite - to choke/s’étouffer, s’étrangler - April Fools' day/premier avril (poisson d'avril) - guy/gars, type - to apologize/présenter ses excuses - reckless/imprudent, irréfléchi - donation/don

    Publié le 5/02/2015
  • Eric Garner

    Eric Garner

    Last month, a New York City grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the suffocation death of Eric Garner sparked firestorm of protests around the US but also in the UK and tons of media attention, covering numerous angles from police militarization to racial inequality. The 43-year-old Staten Island man, a father of six and grandfather of two, died in July after a New York police officer placed him in an apparent chokehold during an arrest that was recorded on videos that have been widely seen and have contributed to the public anger. Will the US criminal justice system change after this case?

    to indict/inculper – to spark/déclencher – firestorm/tempête – chokehold/prise d’étranglement – anger/colère

    Publié le 26/12/2014
  • Tim Scott

    Tim Scott

    Last month, South Carolina's Tim Scott became the first African-American senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed the Palmetto State Republican to the office after former Sen. Jim DeMint resigned in November 2012. The election was only to fill the last two years of DeMint's term. Scott will have to run again in 2016 in order to earn a full six-year term. Scott's win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.

    to appoint/nommer – to resign/démissionner – term/mandat – to run, ran, run/se présenter, être candidat – House = House of Representatives/Chambre des représentants

    Publié le 14/11/2014
  • Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg

    The Liberal Democrats would cut the taxes of 29 million working people in 2016 if they remain in government. Speaking at his party conference in Glasgow, the last before next year's general election, Nick Clegg said no-one would pay tax on the first £11,000 of income from April 2016, a £1,000 rise on current limits. The Lib Dem leader accused David Cameron of "plagiarising" his party's longstanding objective of raising the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020. He also announced the Liberal Democrats would “of course” raise taxes on the wealthy after the general election. He criticised the Tories for “beating up on the poor” and savaging public services in the final stage of eliminating the structural budget deficit.

    to cut, cut, cut/réduire – income/revenu – current/actuel – to raise/augmenter – allowance/abattement – the wealthy/les riches – to beat, beat, beaten on/matraquer – to savage/(s’)attaquer (à) – stage/étape, phase

    Publié le 16/10/2014
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    It's time to go after ISIS in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said last month in a nationally televised address intended to sell stepped-up military efforts to a war-weary public. Announcing a broad campaign against the Sunni jihadists, Obama announced an escalated U.S. military role as part of a strategy that includes building an international coalition to support Iraqi ground forces and perhaps troops from other allies. U.S. airstrikes have been hitting the jihadists in Iraq. Those strikes will be expanded to ISIS targets in Syria, Obama said. "I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are," he said. "That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."

    stepped-up/intensifié – weary/las – escalated/renforcé, - airstrike/frappe aérienne – target/cible, objectif - to hunt down/pourchasser - to threaten/menacer – haven/havre, refuge

    Publié le 24/09/2014
  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

    The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis described as one of the most racially segregated metropolitan areas in the country. Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old man, died after being shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Brown had no criminal record. His shooting sparked unrest in Ferguson due to longstanding racial tensions in the region. Peaceful protests, vandalism, and other forms of social unrest continued for weeks, with night curfews being imposed and escalating violence. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting.

    shooting/homicide – to occur/avoir lieu – suburb/banlieue – criminal record/casier judiciaire – to spark/déclencher – unrest/troubles, émeutes – longstanding/de longue date – curfew/couvre-feu – to escalate/s’intensifier, s’aggraver

    Publié le 27/08/2014
  • Theresa May

    Theresa May

    UK Home Secretary Theresa May has apologized for delays in processing passport applications and insisted the Government is doing all it can to deal with the situation. She said she was sorry for the inconvenience people had been caused: "Her Majesty's passport office is dealing with the highest demand for passports for 12 years while the surge in demand usually experienced during the summer months started much earlier in the year. As a result, a number of people are waiting too long for their passport applications to be processed. I would like to say to anybody who is unable to travel because of a delay in processing their passport application that I am sorry and the Government is sorry for the inconvenience they have suffered and we are doing all we can to put things right." But Mrs May insisted: "Despite the unprecedented level of demand, the overwhelming majority of people making straightforward applications are still receiving their passports within three weeks as usual."

    Home Secretary/ministre de l’Intérieur – to apologize/présenter des excuses – delay/retard – application/demande – surge/forte augmentation – unable/dans l’impossibilité de – overwhelming majority/très grande majorité – straightforward/simple

    Publié le 1/07/2014

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