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Rousseff, rivals change tack in Brazil's reshaped election

Brian Winter and Anthony Boadle – Reuters, 8/21/2014

When Brazil’s notoriously private President Dilma Rousseff showed up in her kitchen cooking pasta in a campaign TV ad this week, it was one of the clearest signs yet that the country’s October election is up for grabs. 66 more words

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For Brazil, World Cup success fuels hope for more tourists at Rio Olympics

Mimi Whitefield – Miami Herald, 8/21/2014

During the World Cup, more than 1 million international visitors flocked to Brazil — far exceeding pre-tournament expectations.

That wasn’t the only thing topsy-turvy about the world’s biggest sporting event. 70 more words

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Brazil posts current account deficit of $6.018 bln in July

Silvio Cascione and Luciana Otoni – Reuters, 8/22/2014

Brazil posted a current account deficit of $6.018 billion in July, central bank data showed on Friday, growing more than expected from the month before. 51 more words

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Brazil Socialist Party campaign manager quits after Silva named candidate

Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello – Reuters, 8/21/2014

The Brazilian Socialist Party’s campaign manager quit on Thursday hours after environmentalist Marina Silva became its presidential candidate, causing a rift in her team just 45 days before the election. 76 more words

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Brazil’s presidential campaign

The Economist (print edition), 8/23/2014

IN HIS presidential bid Eduardo Campos, the former governor of Pernambuco, set out to break the mould of Brazilian politics, polarised between the ruling left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) of President Dilma Rousseff and the centre-right Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), the main opposition. 169 more words

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Factbox: Marina Silva's economic proposals for Brazil

Brad Haynes – Reuters, 8/20/2014

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva has little experience with economic policy, but her advisers promise a more orthodox, business-friendly approach than leftist President Dilma Rousseff has taken. 57 more words

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Marina Silva becomes formidable opponent in Brazil poll

Wyre Davies – BBC News, 8/20/2014

It was hardly looking like a cliff-hanger.

Some accused it of being predictable and even boring – a presidential election in which the incumbent was all but guaranteed of being re-elected without, perhaps, even the need for a second round of voting. 40 more words

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