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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday March 22, 2015, Datafolha published a survey with some astonishing numbers. Taken right after the protests on the Ides of March, the poll found that 84 percent of those interviewed thought Dilma knew about the Petrobras corruption. A year later, a prominent Brazilian Senator has told the Federal Police she did know.

The Curmudgeon believes Dilma when she says (as she often does) she is personally honest; she’s not in it for the money. Unfortunately, that’s essentially the same argument U.S. President Richard Nixon made back in . . .

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