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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) There is an old circus-generated theatrical tradition that when everything is going wrong on stage and the audience is getting bored and restless, the only solution, as captured so movingly in a song from the 1973 Sondheim musical ‘A Little Night Music’, is to ‘send in the clowns’. The US political situation more than meets this test.

Anyone who hasn’t become bored, restless and disheartened like this gringo, given the despicable progress of the American presidential election campaign with ever deepening layers of fear and disgust, either hasn’t been watching or has . . .

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