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Unfortunately, at a time when imagination and action are required to break out of a persistent pattern of sluggish growth, stagnant wages, and a growing alienation of the majority of the population who have not benefited from either the Fed's action to boost asset prices or ad hoc fiscal measures, Congress and the White House have grown torpid.
The bats were found lying apparently dead in a condition known as torpid, which is somewhat akin to hibernation in that the animal is in a deep state of rest.
The UB student section, perhaps torpid from the month-long Christmas break, contained not a single heckler dressed as a National Guardsman.
Thermo-regulated, it becomes torpid in the cold and active in the heat.
Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman who falls to Earth--Scotland, to be precise--in "Under the Skin," an undeniably ambitious but ultimately torpid and silly tale of an alien on the prowl in human clothing that marks the long-awaited third feature by "Sexy Beast" director Jonathan Glazer (nine years after butting heads with New Line over his very fine Nicole Kidman vehicle "Birth").
During his visit, Hollande was generous in his praise of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to reignite growth in the torpid Japanese economy, a policy dubbed "Abenomics", which he said Friday was "good for Europe".
If Mr Obama survives it will be because of his likeability, not his job approval ratings; and because the financial crisis he inherited was so extreme that he still escapes much of the blame for its torpid aftermath.
He makes a convincing argument, obliterating earlier arguments by historians that Eisenhower's was a dull, torpid presidency marked by mediocrity and go-along-to-get-along policy.
Yet no-one is talking about what tactics Barca should use despite the answer being in plain sight and a lifeless, torpid, and apathetic approach could be key.
The torpid performance of the US economy is likely to dominate the forthcoming presidential election.
more inner, ever nearer the bedrocks heart, reaching into torpid pools
Surely Xavi's instrumental displays in South Africa - a bright spark in an otherwise torpid tournament - place him above Messi for the annual award?