Latin America

Brazil's Crooked Politicians Bite Back

In the wee hours, legislators try to undermine a tough anti-corruption law.

Crime scene?

Photographer: Igo Estrela/Getty Images

Brazilian lawmakers never sleep. So it was no surprise when the lower house spent the pre-dawn hours last Wednesday poking holes in a rigorous anti-corruption bill that was drafted to restore probity to government. Cowing judges and prosecutors, discouraging whistleblowers and decriminalizing illicit earnings -- these are just a few pearls from Congress’s latest all-nighter.

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