Opinion: Brazil’s Congress – Running the Numbers?

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It’s now August, and the two-week-long informal mid-winter holiday in Brazil is now over—except in Rio de Janeiro, where Olympic madness is set to begin its reign. Brazil’s Congress has its plate full this month, what with the impeachment proceedings starting up again, and a raft of legislation awaiting approval. Some of those measures will vastly change current practices.

Among the surprises is a proposal to legalize the “jogo do bicho”, the numbers racket invented in 1892 by Baron Drummond, curator of the Rio . . .

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