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Kudlow says a trade deal is close, but Trump is prepared to ‘walk away’ if some conditions not met (CNBC)

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Senior British diplomat in US quits with tirade over Brexit 'half-truths' (CNN)

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Pensacola shooting suspect was member of Saudi Air Force, governor says (CBS)

White House rejects invite to participate in any House impeachment hearings (CBS)

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As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses (AP)

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英语咬文嚼字 The Crazy Logophile

verb [ T ] /ɪˈvɪs.ə.reɪt/
If you say that something will eviscerate an organization or system, you are emphasizing that it will make the organization or system much weaker or much less powerful. (Collins)
切除…的内脏; 它将使组织或系统变得更弱或更弱

Taken together, the court rulings eviscerate the administration’s muscular view of executive power just as the impeachment inquiry against Trump accelerates. And they embolden Democrats in their pursuit of investigations into Trump’s government and finances.
-- AP Dec 6, 2019

If someone needles you, they annoy you continually, especially by criticizing you. (Collins)

Still, Warren’s team has bristled at the mayor’s swipes. He has needled her with lines like “fighting is not enough and it’s a problem if fighting is all you have" — a reference to the senator’s frequent calls to arms against conservative adversaries.
-- Politico Dec 6, 2019

no holds barred
without limits or controls; free of restrictions or hampering conventions

Hall Hall's decision to quit, and her no-holds-barred resignation letter, comes at a moment of deep political sensitivity for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is seeking re-election on the promise that he can "get Brexit done." Johnson has been ahead in opinion polls, but, as his lead has narrowed in recent days, officials are nervous about anything that could undermine his chances of winning a parliamentary majority for his Conservative party in the election next Thursday.
-- CNN Dec 6, 2019

per se
(pɜːʳ seɪ )adverb
Per se means 'by itself' or 'in itself', and is used when you are talking about the qualities of one thing considered on its own, rather than in connection with other things. ( Collins)

In her resignation letter, addressed to deputy ambassador Michael Tatham and which Hall Hall shared widely with colleagues in the diplomatic service, she said that her departure had nothing to do with being "for or against Brexit, per se," but instead was an expression of frustration about how the policy was being carried out.
-- CNN Dec 6, 2019

across the aisle
This term is widely used in the political arena whereby members of both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives unite in a bi-partisan fashion in a mutually agree compromise on a piece of legislation or other related matters.
“across the aisle” 原意指共和党和民主党在国会之间的走道。现在也用于指跨越不同的观点,两党合作。

Biden, the frontrunner who is positioning himself as one of the more moderate candidates and emphasizes how he wants to work across the aisle, will have to defend himself and his record from other candidates hoping to diminish his chances.

With just enough Republicans crossing the aisle, the Democrats were able to pass the bill through both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

corkage fee
noun phrase /ˈkɔːr.kɪdʒ/ ​
The charge made by some restaurants for allowing customers to drink wine that has been bought from somewhere else

Thank you for observing our carry-on alcohol policy. As a reminder, adult passengers are permitted to bring one 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne onboard per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom.

noun [ U ] /ˈklɪk.beɪt/
articles, photographs, etc. on the internet that are intended to attract attention and encourage people to click on links to particular websites

I used to love social media but now it's just full of adverts and clickbait. Rubbish! 过去我热衷于社交媒体,但现在,那里充满了广告和点击诱饵。垃圾!

adjective [ before noun ]
used to refer to a person who knows, or says they know, a lot about a subject without having direct experience of it

an armchair critic/gardener/traveller
夸夸其谈的评论家/手不沾泥的园艺家/足不出户的神游旅行者 (Cambridge).

There has been plenty of armchair psephology since the results of the European elections, designed to show that remainers won when all their votes were added together.

Donald Trump’s State Visit – your armchair guide. The Donald and Melania Trump are set to meet the Queen, Theresa May and Prince Harry – there will be wall-to-wall coverage on the news… here's all you need to know.

backhanded compliment (US)
left-handed compliment (UK)

​a remark that seems to say something pleasant about a person but could also be an insult

Jun 22, 2017 · Trump Gives Nancy Pelosi a Backhanded Compliment: She Helps the GOP. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, …

Apr 24, 2019 · Trump throws Ocasio-Cortez a backhanded compliment after she slams medical choice plan for military veterans by insisting the VA 'ain't broke' – as he says she’s right but it’s only working …

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