On the central issue of the election, the coronavirus pandemic, the two candidates appeared to inhabit not just different television sets but different universes. Biden has made the full embrace of strict public health guidelines the centerpiece of his candidacy, while Trump has continued to defy even the recommendations of his own government on matters as basic as the use of masks — a pattern that persisted in their opposing events Thursday.
1. the central issue of …的核心議題
2. the coronavirus pandemic 新冠病毒大流行
3. inhabit 活在; 居住於
4. fully embrace (v.) 完全地接受
5. the full embrace (n.) of 欣然接受…
6. strict public health guidelines 嚴格的公共衛生指南
7. the centerpiece of …最重要的部分；最吸引人的部分
Biden lashed virtually every aspect of the president’s handling of the health crisis, including his language on masks.
“The words of a president matter,” Biden said. “When a president doesn’t wear a mask or makes fun of folks like me when I was wearing a mask for a long time, then, you know, people say, ‘Well, it mustn’t be that important.’”
8. lash 抨擊，譴責，斥責
9. the handling of …的處理
10. the language of …的言辭
11. make fun of 取笑…
In perhaps his most incendiary remarks, Trump repeatedly declined to disavow QAnon, a pro-Trump internet community that has been described by law enforcement as a potential domestic terrorism threat. The president professed to have no knowledge of the group, and as a result could not disavow it, but then demonstrated specific knowledge of one of its core conspiracy theories involving pedophilia that is entirely false.
12. incendiary remarks 煽動性的言論
13. decline to 拒絕
14. disavow 否認
15. internet community 網路社群
16. law enforcement 執法部門
17. a potential threat 一個潛在的威脅
18. profess 聲稱；自稱；謊稱
19. have no knowledge of 對…一無所知
20. a conspiracy theory 陰謀論
21. pedophilia 戀童癖
“I know nothing about it,” Trump said. “I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard.”
At the moment that Trump was effectively defending a fringe corner of the internet, Biden, the former vice president, was speaking about corporate tax rates and citing the business-analysis service Moody’s, underscoring the extraordinary gulf separating the two candidates in their worldviews, policies and connections to factual reality.
22. fringe 邊緣的
23. corporate tax rates 企業稅率
24. business-analysis service 商業分析服務機構
25. Moody’s 穆迪公司
26. underscore （尤指為了強調）在（詞語）下面畫線 ; 突顯
27. the gulf between …的巨大差異
28. worldview 世界觀
29. factual reality 事實現狀
*Moody’s Corporation: https://bit.ly/3k7EK9y
“It’s about growing the economy,” Biden said, a political platitude that would fit in any ordinary election year — and an illustration, in some ways, of Biden’s central campaign promise: to restore stability and a measure of predictability to the White House.
30. political platitude 政治套話
31. central campaign promise 核心承諾
32. to restore stability 恢復穩定
33. a measure of predictability 一定程度的可預測性
With less than three weeks left in the presidential campaign, there was no sign from the town hall events that either candidate was diverging from the political tracks they laid down months ago, with Biden hewing close to a set of broadly popular views on economic and public health issues and Trump improvising freely, admitting no fault in his own record and hurling various forms of provocation.
34. no signs of 沒有跡象
35. diverge from 偏離…
36. broadly popular views 廣受歡迎的觀點
37. public health issues 公共衛生方面的議題
38. improvise 臨時做；即興做; （演員）即興表演
40. provocation 激怒；挑釁；挑釁的話