How to understand “And Scabbers was here first, and he’s ill!” in this context

‘Crookshanks doesn’t understand it’s wrong!’ said Hermione, her voice shaking. ‘All cats chase rats, Ron!’ ‘There’s something funny about that animal!’ said Ron, who was trying to persuade a frantically wiggling Scabbers back into his pocket. ‘It heard me say that Scabbers was in my bag!’ ‘Oh, what rubbish,’ said Hermione impatiently. ‘Crookshanks could smell … Read more

Help to understand this question from reading comprehension in my GRE textbook

The organizers of tomorrow’s outdoor concert announced that it will go on tomorrow on schedule unless bad weather is forecast or too few advance tickets are sold. If the concert is canceled, refunds will be made to ticket holders. Since some ticket holders have already been issued refunds even though more than enough advance tickets … Read more

Help to understand: “The apology was not offered to the right,”

Bee later apologized for “using an expletive” to describe the first daughter. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” she said. The wording of the statement was “very specific,” she told The Daily Beast. “The apology was not offered to the right,” she said. “It was not offered … Read more

Help to understand sentence from this Yahoo news article

First, some context: Before the closing credits roll, Rachel and Nick have just overcome the numerous hurdles placed in their way by his snooty Singapore-based friends and family en route to him popping the question and her saying a thousand times yes. Rather than fly back to New York right away, they celebrate their engagement … Read more

”what should be long past his bedtime“ meaning in this context?

Dan Rather @DanRather This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime? It’s a disgrace. It’s racist. And it’s the product of petty but dangerous hatreds. I repeat this is the PRESIDENT??!? Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Lebron James … Read more

Help to understand “cost 60,000 auto jobs” and “hit the estimated 200,000 U.S. jobs” in this paragraph

Soon after taking office, President Donald Trump called for a rollback, urging “common sense changes” if the mileage requirements threatened auto industry jobs. However, his administration’s report on Thursday projects that relaxing mileage standards would cost 60,000 auto jobs by 2030. Those losses would hit the estimated 200,000 U.S. jobs that deal with making vehicles … Read more