From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.
Two American states elected governors this week, while several big cities chose mayors. The elections were the first since the troubled launch of the new federal health-care website and the 16-day partial shutdown of the government. Conservative Republicans in Congress, including Tea Party members, supported the shutdown as part of their opposition to the program known as Obamacare.
Political experts looked at the governors' races for clues to how Americans may vote in congressional elections next year. Voters will choose all 435 members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the 100 senators.
Observers think the government shutdown helped Democrat Terry McAuliffe win the governor's race in Virginia. Many federal workers live there and federal spending is important to the state economy.
Mr. McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican with strong Tea Party ties. Mr. Cuccinelli stayed close in the race by attacking President Barack Obama and the health care law.
"Virginia understands that Obamacare is a failure and that you want to be in charge of your health care, and not the government."
But voters chose Mr. McAuliffe in his second try for public office.
"Just think about what Virginia has been able to accomplish when we work together."
The newly elected governor has close ties to former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
In the other governor's race, voters in New Jersey re-elected Republican Chris Christie. He won 60 percent of the vote with the support of many Democrats.
"Leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening. About bringing people around the table, listening to each other, showing them respect."
Mr. Christie received much praise for his leadership after Superstorm Sandy hit the state a year ago. Many people see him as a possible 2016 candidate for president.
Tad Devine, an adviser to Democrats, says Governor Christie's re-election offers an important lesson.
"He has been able to take a very Democratic state – Obama won New Jersey by 17 points in the last two elections – and become a governor who could not only win a close election as he did the first time, but win a landslide election."
Ford O'Connell is a Republican strategist. He says Tea Party Republicans need to learn from the winning candidates.
"Well, it leaves the Tea Party really in an echo chamber, just talking to the base. The real problem for the Tea Party is how do they expand their appeal beyond the Republican base."
Some people predict a battle for the heart and soul of the party. Will the Republicans move toward the conservatism of the Tea Party movement or away from it? Ford O'Connell is not sure.
"Depending on how this battle turns out, it could lead to more dysfunction and government shutdowns. And that's something that people all over the world have an eye on because America is still the most robust economy in the word."
In New York City, voters on Tuesday elected Bill de Blasio as mayor. His election put the city under Democratic Party control for the first time in 20 years. He replaces Michael Bloomberg. Voters in other cities, including Atlanta, Boston and Miami,also elected mayors.
And that's In the News, from VOA Learning English. I'm Christopher Cruise.
1.partial adj. 部分的
It was only a partial solution to the problem.
2.accomplish vt. 完成；达到
If we'd all work together, I think we could accomplish our goal...
He has offered seats at the conference table to the Russian leader and the president of Kazakhstan...
4.landslide n. 大胜利
He won last month's presidential election by a landslide...
5.appeal n. 吸引力，感染力，魅力
Its new title was meant to give the party greater public appeal...
6.dysfunction n. 机能障碍，机能失调
1.Virginia understands that Obamacare is a failure and that you want to be in charge of your health care, and not the government.
in charge of主管，负责； 照料
The cook is in charge of the kitchen helper.
2.Many people see him as a possible 2016 candidate for president.
3.and become a governor who could not only win a close election as he did the first time, but win a landslide election.
not only … but also 连接两个并列成分时，可以省略 but 或 also ，也可以把 but also 都省略掉
I not only heard it but (also) saw it.
He was not only compelled to stay at home， (but) also forbidden to see his friend.
She not only finished the task ahead of time， (but also)she came to help us.
4.Depending on how this battle turns out, it could lead to more dysfunction and government shutdowns.
Sometimes things don't turn out the way we think they're going to...
5.And that's something that people all over the world have an eye on because America is still the most robust economy in the world.
have an eye on密切注意
Please have an eye on the baby.
本周，美国两个州选举出新的州长，同时几大城市选出了市长。这是自新的联邦医保网站成立导致混乱和政府为期16天的部分关闭之后首次进行选举 。国会保守派共和党人，包括茶党成员在内，支持政府关闭，作为反对“奥巴马医改”(Obamacare)的一部分 。
观察家们认为，政府关闭帮助民主党候选人麦考利夫(Terry McAuliffe)赢得了佛吉尼亚州的州长选举。许多联邦雇员居住在那里，联邦支出对该州的经济非常重要 。
麦考利夫(Terry McAuliffe)打败了与茶党有着密切联系的共和党人库奇纳利(Ken Cuccinelli)。库奇纳利在竞选中紧随其后，攻击了奥巴马总统和医改法案 。
在另外一场州长角逐中，新泽西选民再次选择了共和党人克里斯·克里斯蒂(Chris Christie)。他赢得了60%的选票，其中许多民主党人支持他 。
奥康纳(Ford O’Connell)是共和党的策略顾问。他表示，茶党共和党人需要向获胜的候选人学习 。
一些人预测共和党人将经历思想和灵魂的斗争。共和党人会越来越靠近茶党的保守主义还是逐渐远离？奥康纳(Ford O’Connell)并不确定 。
在纽约市，周二，选民们选举白思豪(Bill de Blasio)为市长。他的当选使得纽约20年来首次由民主党控制 。他将接替迈克尔·彭博(Michael Bloomberg)的职位 。其他城市的选民，包括亚特兰大，波士顿和迈阿密都举行了市长选举 。
以上就是今天的美国之音慢速学英语时事新闻。我是Christopher Cruise 。