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Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship?

  • figurehead: Above him hangs a carving of a gleaming golden eagle- the original German figurehead of his beloved vessel.
  • circumnavigate: The Eagle has hosted Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Truman, and circumnavigated the globe as a kind of floating ambassador for US diplomatic relations.
  • talon: He points to the golden bird hovering above him: " You see that plate she holds in her talons?
  • christen: She was christened " Horst Wessel" after the storm trooper " hero" whose song Horst-Wessel-Lied became an anthem of the Third Reich..
  • transpire: It transpires that when the Allied commanders sat round the table in 1946 to divide up the spoils from the German fleet they did so by drawing names from a hat.

Clinton sent emails containing classified information

  • consulate: The Times article further notes that the State Department has been accused of being too slow in responding to media freedom of information requests and providing emails to a Republican-led investigation into the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens.
  • alteration: One of the Times story authors, Michael Schmidt, told Politico on Friday that the alteration was " a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable ".
  • inaccurate: Congressman Elijah Cummings says the latest stories are based on " inaccurate leaks".
  • inaccurate: This is the latest example in a series of inaccurate leaks to generate false front-page headlines- only to be corrected later- and they have absolutely nothing to do with the attacks in Benghazi or protecting our diplomatic corps oversea s," said Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the congressional committee investigating the Libya attack.
  • corps: This is the latest example in a series of inaccurate leaks to generate false front-page headlines- only to be corrected later- and they have absolutely nothing to do with the attacks in Benghazi or protecting our diplomatic corps oversea s," said Representative Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the congressional committee investigating the Libya attack.

The presidential body swerve

  • candour: The thing that struck me most from our chat was the extraordinary candour.
  • swerve: The only body swerve that he performed was when I asked him how many minds he had changed on the Iran nuclear deal after an intense sell aimed at Gulf allies and members of US Congress who remain implacably opposed.
  • light-hearted: A little light-hearted banter, a soothing " just ignore all the lights and cameras and TV ephemera ", and away we go.
  • momentary: There was a momentary flicker across the president's face as if to say " You think you got me?

Life inside President Obama's bubble

  • wistful: In a recent briefing he sounded wistful about an upcoming trip to Kenya, his father's homeland.
  • duress: Electronic equipment on board is designed to withstand all kinds of duress, including force from an electromagnetic pulse, according to White House officials.
  • supplementary: I 'm a new " supplementary" member of the " travel pool ", a group of journalists who accompany Mr Obama on trips so they can report on what's euphemistically known as a " transformative moment"- for example, if the president gets shot.

Why can't men be Olympic synchronised swimmers?

  • duet: Then suddenly last November there was an announcement from Fina, world swimming's governing body, that mixed technical and freestyle duets would be on the programme of the World Championships.
  • mischievous: French sport should be thankful that the mischievous Beaufils ignored this instruction, and was singled out by the spotter as having an unusual natural talent.
  • demanding: Despite its glitzy sheen, synchronised swimming is one of the most demanding sports.
  • indomitable: At 5ft 5in (164 cm), Dedieu is not physically huge, but within the sport the 36-year-old has an indomitable stature- the only person ever to have won the World Championships three years in a row.
  • duet: Although he doesn't want to go into specifics, their routine will be much more like a ballet pas de deux than a conventional female synchro duet, in which the competitors typically swim next to each other, creating a series of perfectly mirrored figures.

Does Sanders surge threaten Hillary?

  • prohibitive: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favourite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but that doesn't mean the political ground beneath her feet is solid.
  • revolt: By 1992, however, the foundation had given way, as fiscal and social conservatives revolted, ushering in eight years of Democratic rule and pushing the Republican Party farther to the right.
  • cheer: I think that anyone running for that job- anyone who wants the power to make every key economic appointment and every key nomination- should say loud and clear we don't run this country for Wall Street and mega-corporations, we run it for people," she said to cheers.
  • barb: It was likely a barb aimed at Mrs Clinton- who has been criticised by some on the left for being in the thrall of big-money donors- and set the stage for the Saturday's presidential town hall forum featuring Mr Sanders and fellow candidate Martin O'Malley.
  • thrall: It was likely a barb aimed at Mrs Clinton- who has been criticised by some on the left for being in the thrall of big-money donors- and set the stage for the Saturday's presidential town hall forum featuring Mr Sanders and fellow candidate Martin O'Malley.

Horses die on 'half-mile of hell'

  • thoroughbred: A 10-year-old thoroughbred horse named Duke was competing in a chuckwagon race in this year's Calgary Stampede when he collided with another team and broke his leg.
  • rodeo: Even so, animal rights advocates have long argued against the chuckwagon races and other rodeo events.
  • thoroughbred: Church argues fewer horses die as a result of the chuckwagon races than in thoroughbred racing.
  • thoroughbred: A 2012 New York Times investigation found about three horses die every day on US race tracks, but the number of horses in chuckwagon races is far smaller than those in thoroughbred racing.
  • thoroughbred: It's a sport that provides another use for these thoroughbred horses after they're finished with their career on the racetrack.

The decline of US power?

  • dexterity: Barack Obama has instead advocated pragmatism and diplomatic dexterity, trying to steer a path between America being overextended and undercommitted.
  • disengage: Barack Obama, who campaigned in 2008 on a platform of extricating America from its unpopular and exhausting wars, has drawn criticism for disengaging too much.
  • impulsive: Under both presidents- the first an impulsive unilateralist, the second an instinctive multilateralist content sometimes to lead from behind- America's global standing has been diminished.
  • outcry: Tellingly, however, there has been no great public outcry.
  • reluctance: America's reluctance to launch new military actions has also had a major bearing on the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Boston kimono exhibit in race row

  • kimono: Every week, visitors were encouraged to " channel your inner Camille Monet" by posing in front of Claude Monet's " La Japonaise" while trying on a replica of the kimono Monet's wife, Camille, wears in the painting.
  • kimono: Some stood with signs next to visitors who tried on the kimono.
  • kimono: The kimono will still be on display in front of the painting until the end of the month for visitors " to touch and engage with, " but they will not have the option to try it on.
  • kimono: Das said there will still be protests because the museum is still displaying the kimono and encouraging people to touch it " under a continued and creepy orientalist gaze ".

Will a 'feared' book damage Hillary's presidential hopes?

  • propriety: Questions about the propriety of the foundation's donation policy aren't new.
  • allude: Word of this book has been bubbling in conservative circles for a while- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been alluding to the " big news" ever since he launched his presidential bid in early April.
  • circulate: Schweizer's book isn't scheduled to be released until 5 May, so the quotes being circulated have been provided by Amy Chozick of the New York Times, who has seen a preview copy.
  • contemporaneous: According to the Times, Schweizer writes: " We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favourable US policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds.
  • adverse: In Extortion, Schweizer accuses members of Congress, Republican and Democratic, of running a glorified protection racket, where they shake down donors under the threat of adverse legislation.