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Bolsonaro says the Supreme Court is out to get him. He’s not wrong

The Brazilian Supreme Court is cracking down on the president's inner circle — doing so through highly questionable legal methods

From left to right: Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, President Jair Bolsonaro, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Dias Toffoli. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR
From left to right: Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, President Jair Bolsonaro, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Dias Toffoli. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

With rising political tension, institutional deadlock, and regular Federal Police operations making the headlines, today’s Brazil is reminiscent of 2015. Just like five years ago, when Operation Car Wash began exposing the ins and outs of corruption at the federal level, this battle between political stakeholders will have no death blow in store for either side. Instead, it is a war of attrition, as opposing forces slowly wear each other down. But things were taken up a notch on Wednesday morning, as the Supreme Court launched an operation to crack down on an alleged fake news ring operating to...

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