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Ten Words from The New York Times - May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013
confer
House and Senate aides said they were focusing on an Aug. 4, 2011, meeting in which the I.R.S.’s chief counsel appears to have conferred with agency officials to discuss the activities of a team in the Cincinnati field office that had been subjecting applications for tax-exempt status from Tea Party and other conservative groups to a greater degree of review than those from other organizations.
allegation
If the inquiry determines any new link to the administration, it could change the political equation for the White House, which has stressed the I.R.S.’s independence even as President Obama has castigated the agency over the allegations of political bias.
intolerable
Late Tuesday, Mr. Obama said in a statement that “the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable.”
portray
But a matter portrayed by the I.R.S. on Friday as a little-known operation conducted in Cincinnati, largely out of the sight of Washington officials, continued to sprawl.
balk
But Wal-Mart and numerous other American retailers and apparel companies have sought to maintain a distance from the April 24 building collapse, and have balked at the worker safety agreement urged by consumer and labor groups.
remedy
Under Gap’s proposal, if a retailer were found to have violated the agreement, the only remedy would generally be public expulsion from the factory safety plan.
renege
“What Gap wants is the right to renege on its commitments when it wishes.”
barbaric
When you have to cut off normal body parts to prevent a disease, that’s really pretty barbaric when you think about it.”
predisposition
Men with breast cancer and their families should also ask about the possibility of a genetic predisposition to the disease.
embryo
It is also possible for women who are mutation carriers to avoid passing the gene to their children, by undergoing in vitro fertilization and having embryos screened for BRCA genes.

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