Summary/Reaction to the Article: President Dilma Rousseff was battling impeachment proceedings launched last year by Brazil’s lower house of congress. Senate voted 61-20 Wednesday, to remove Ms. Rousseff from office, she was guilty of breaking budgetary laws. Ms. Rousseff is not under investigation in the Petrobras case, but her popularity is at near-record lows. The President is accused of manipulating the numbers of her government’s budget to disguise its poor physical performance, a charge she strongly denies. The impeachment has significantly affected her ability to govern.
US History Connection: This article relates to our 37th President Richard Nixon. In 1973 there was a gasoline rationing, and a continuing series of revelations about the Watergate scandal. The scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support. On August 9, 1974, he resigned, instead of facing the embarrassment of being impeached and getting removed from office.
Questions for Discussion: If you were a citizen of Brazil, would you vote to remove your President from office or would you give them a second chance, even if they're stealing your money?