Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the Senate leader Renan Calheiros. (Image: Brazilian Senate, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Looking ahead to a 2018 presidential run, Brazil’s largest opposition party is split on the degree to which they will support a provisional government in the likely case that President Dilma Rousseff is impeached through a Senate vote on May 12. Senior members of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) said Monday…

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and the Senate leader Renan Calheiros. (Image: Brazilian Senate, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff on Monday spoke out against the decision the night before by the lower house of Congress to proceed with her impeachment, vowing to fulfill her mandate until she is forced to step down, The Associated Press reported. After 367 of the 513 members of the Chamber of Deputies…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (Image: Agência Brasil)

BRASÍLIA — Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday, delivering the most significant blow to date against her efforts to remain in power. A total of 367 congressmen voted to oust the president, compared to 137 who rejected the impeachment petition. (There were seven absentions.) The long-running impeachment effort in…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. (Image: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado)

Top Story — The Brazilian congressional committee set up to determine whether President Dilma Rousseff should face impeachment proceedings decided on Monday to uphold the impeachment process by 38 to 27 votes, further increasing the chances of Rousseff’s ouster. Monday’s decision brought to an end the first part of the impeachment process, which will now…

(Image: Fábio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR)

Top Story — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Tuesday ordered Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Vice President Michel Temer, complicating efforts by Temer’s party to install him in the presidency after impeaching President Dilma Rousseff. The order, by Judge Marco Aurelio Mello, came on the same day that Temer stepped down as head…

Brazil Attorney General José Eduardo Cardozo (Image: Jefferson Rudy/Agência Senado)

Top Story — During a blistering speech on Monday that laid out Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s defense against a potential ouster, the country’s attorney general denounced the impeachment proceedings underway as being unconstitutional and fueled by a desire for revenge. José Eduardo Cardozo, speaking before the congressional impeachment committee, said that Brazil’s constitution allows impeachment…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (Image: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil)

Top Story — The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party is expected to officially split from President Dilma Rousseff’s governing coalition on Tuesday, dealing a possibly fatal blow to her presidency. PMDB officials have said that 70 to 80 percent of its voting members will formally decide to break with the Workers’ Party, Reuters reported. The move…

Vanisa Machado, 42, attended the march on Sunday. "I want Brazil to get back on track," she said.

BRASÍLIA, Brazil — On one side, the geeky, understated and deeply earnest Brazilian judge overseeing the so-called Operation Carwash investigation into a massive kickback scheme at oil giant Petrobras. On the other, a pro-gun, anti-LGBT congressman who once told a female colleague that she was not worthy of getting raped by him. Sunday’s nationwide demonstrations…

Brazil's Ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (Image: José Cruz/Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 BR)

Top Story — Prosecutors in the Brazilian state of São Paulo lodged an official request on Thursday for the arrest of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, arguing that the move will keep him from meddling with an investigation. Silva has been charged with money laundering, grand larceny and misrepresentation of assets in relation to…

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Image: Antonio Cruz/Agência Brasil)

Top Story — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was indicted on Wednesday for grand larceny and money laundering, among other crimes, over his alleged relationship with a construction firm that saw him trade government contracts for personal favors. The firm, OAS, has been implicated in the corruption scheme unfolding at state oil…