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Jair Bolsonaro may become Brazil’s version of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte

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In a first round of an election that will shape the future of South America, Brazil voted in favor of far-right Jair Bolsonaro, nearly giving him an outright majority in the first round. Unless something crazy happens in the next three weeks, he should be the next Brazilian President.

WSJ tackles the background for the candidate in this video. News editor Anne Pallivathuckal starts the video off by laying out the situation:

He has faced street protests, got stabbed at a rally, and has spurred controversy with provocative statements. Yet Jair Bolsonaro took the lead in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election securing nearly half of the total votes, far ahead of his rivals but just shy of the majority he needed to win outright.

So who is Brazil’s leading presidential candidate?

Bolsonaro comes from South Paulo, one of Brazil’s richest state. He was a paratrooper and captain in the army. Even though he presents himself as an outsider, the father of five has been a congressman for 27 years. Although he has proudly stated that he knows nothing about economics, he is promising with his team to fix a country that’s in deep crisis both politically and economically.

His answer to Brazil’s woes: establishing order by cracking down on criminals inside congress and on the streets. He has promoted himself as a clean alternative to the Leftist Workers’ Party.

In many ways, Bolsonaro is very much like Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. Both enrage their critics and excite their supporters with harsh words and promises to get very tough with criminals. Both have called for police to kill criminals directly. Both have expressed views many would see as discriminatory.

My Take

The wave of far-right politicians taking office around the world continues. Despite his bigoted views, Bolsonaro may be the bold choice Brazilians need to make in order to fix a nation that faces financial ruin. Run for years by demonstrably corrupt leftists, it is on the brink of fiscal failure.

I disagree with how Bolsonaro speaks of various groups in his country, including gays and women, but the alternative is a continuation of the failed policies that have brought the nation as near to collapse as it’s been since the military dictatorship called the shots in the early 80s. It’s like choosing to face the fire or drown in the water. With no good choices, you go with the one that at least gives you a chance of survival.

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison. His deal brought no justice to his victims who were not even informed until after the deal was made. He was protected from federal prosecution and given every amenity possible during his stay in a private wing of his prison. All of this was made possible by Alexander Acosta, the current Labor Secretary in the Trump administration.

Epstein may have escaped justice, but Acosta should not be allowed to escape repercussions for his part in the Epstein deal. If the President ever really had intentions of draining the swamp, he should start by firing Acosta immediately.

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SNL cold open wasn’t funny and Robert De Niro shouldn’t do live TV

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SNL cold open wasnt funny and Robert De Niro shouldnt do live TV

There are plenty of people who do not agree with Saturday Night Live’s political satire who still find some of their skits funny. They often lampoon the President, and even though I don’t think they should they still make me laugh. The latest installment of the SNL cold open was another attempt at going after the President’s family.

It failed. Miserably. It wasn’t funny. The only thing worse than the premise of the skit and the failed jokes was guest star Robert De Niro’s performance as special counsel Robert Mueller. It was embarrassing. His trouble reading the lines on the teleprompter magnified his lack of humor.

You can watch it if you want, but I wouldn’t. It was the bad. Take my word on it.

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Kyler Murray wins Heisman

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Kyler Murray wins Heisman

Oklahoma University quarterback Kyler Murray has won the Heisman award, giving the Sooners back-to-back Heisman winning quarterbacks following Baker Mayfield’s win last year. It also sets up a highly anticipated matchup between Murray and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagolaivoa who had been the pick of odds-makers until this past week.

Tagolaivoa’s seasons was spectacular but ended with a poor performance against Georgia in the SEC championship game. He left the game with an injury and his team behind by a touchdown, but his backup quarterback came in and led the #1 team in the nation to a victory.

Murray was consistently dominant throughout the season. Even in the Sooners’ lone loss to Texas, he was nearly flawless with four touchdowns in the air and another on the ground. The defense was blamed for losing the game and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was fired as a result.

The Sooners then won their Big 12 championship game by avenging their loss, solidifying Murray’s victory.

The two-sport star has been drafted by the Oakland Athletics and is expected to play professional baseball following the season, but some have speculated he’ll dip his toes in the NFL draft waters to see if there’s a better offer awaiting him.

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