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This is In The News in VOA Special English.
'The President of the United States'.
This week George W Bush gave his seventh and final state of the union message to Congress and the American people. The president spoke at the length about some of issues that his presidency is likely to be remembered for. He talked about the war in the Iraq and his decision to send 30,000 more troops there last year. 'Some may deny the <soilder is working>, but among the terrorists there is no <doubt>. <Al-Qaeda基地组织> is run in the Iraq ans this enemy will be defected.'

President Bush spent almost half the nearly one-hour talking about foreign policy, especially in the middle east. He talked his hopes for <Israeli-Palestinian> peace agreement. And he directed comments to the leaders of Iran. '<Come claim> about your nuclear intentions and past actions, stop your <oppression压抑,沉闷,压迫手段> at home, cease your support for terror aborad. But above all, know this: 'America will <confront>those who <threaten> our troops. We will stand by our allies, and we will defend our <vital interests>in the <Persian Gulf波斯湾>'

The president also talked about the American economy and wide spread concern about the nation's economic future. 'In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth. But in the short run, we can all see that that growth is slowing'

He noted in his speech on Monday that America has added jobs for a record 52 staright minths, but that record has now ended. On Friday the Labor Department reported that economy lost 17,000 jobs in January. Reacting to the report, Mr Bush said the economy is still basically strong, but going through a rough time right now. He called on the Senate to quickly pass a growth plan approved earlier this week by the House. Senate Democrates, through, want to add other measures to the plan. In his final state of the union address, President Bush offered few new proposals for his eleventh left in office. The Constitution limits presidents to two terms. And for the past year, the Republican president has faced a Congress led by Democrats. Both have low public approval <radixes基数,根源>. One new proposal in his speech was to spend 300 million dollars proviing education money to families of poor children. He also urged lawmakers to renew his education law known as 'no child left behind'.And he talked again about his desire for immigration redorm and changes in the social security program.

<Kansas> governor K* gave the Democratic response to the speech.'Tonight's address begins the final year of this presidency, with new leaders on the <horizon> and <uncertianly throughout > our land. Conditions we face at home and aborad are results of choices made and challeges <unmet未满足的未相遇的>'

This coming Thuesday almost half the states will hold elections to help choose the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. On Monday, the program 'This is America' will look at the campaign, the candidates and the process for choosing a president.

And that's In the News in VOA Special English.Transcripts and MP3s of our programs are at voaspecialenglish.com
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12:17 This is the VOA Special English Development Report.
Some actors and rock stars use their star power for social activism. But how much power do they really have. Danial Draziner is a professor of international politics at the Flecher school at topts university in Massachusetts. He says measuring the affects of solabrity activism can be difficult. He thinks perhaps the most successful example is princess Diana's campaign against Landminds in the 1990's. Yet in the end he says it was hurt death in a car crash that brought more attention to her work and to the issue.
Professor Draziner says Silabrity activism can have influence. Star power can bring public attention donations and pressure for action on important issues. It also can educate fans through stories in the entertainment media. But at the same time there are risks. Most people will grow tired of an issue the professor says and they might also grow tired of a a Silabrity who keeps talking about it. Especially if they think governments already are taking action.
Also when star power is directed at one crisis, others could be forgotten. Some people or governments could feel that silabrities are missusing their fame and wealth to influence policy. They might think an entertainer should stick to entertaining. Danial Draziner professional policy experts might feel deeper hostility facing competition they begin to question their own influence.
George Clony the academy award winning actor is no stranger to silaberity activism for more than 4 years he has campaigned to end the conflict in Darfur in western Sudan. Now he is a newly appointed United Nations messenger of peace. He just returned from a two week trip to Darfur, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo with a UN peacekeeping official. They also went to India a big provider of UN peacekeepers.
Yet twin George Clony visited UN headquarters in New York, not everyone was excited to see him. Fans clearly were, but he was prevented from reporting on his trip at a meeting of country's that provide peacekeeping troops. Diplomats told news agencies it was because of objections of several countries including Russia. But a UN spokeswoman said it was because of rules proceedural reasons. She added that apartment of peacekeeping operations hope to have him talk to the countries in the future.
And that's the VOA Special English Development Report. Written by Jill Moss. 12:30
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