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By Mira Olson, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva welcomed Thomas Shannon in a meeting at Itamaraty on February 4, 2010, after Shannon was finally approved as the new U.S Ambassador for Brazil. Shannon, appointed by Obama in May 2009, only arrived in Brasilia the morning of January 8th, 2010 after nearly eight months of disputes between Republicans and Democrats.

Upon arrival, Shannon announced in fluent Portuguese his contentment with his return to Brazil . . .

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