SPOTLIGHT: BRAZIL, THE LONG ARM OF PETROBRAS PROBE
Five weeks. That's all it took for Brazil's interim President Michel Temer to become directly implicated in the far-reaching Petrobras corruption scandal. Of course, there had been warning signs. First the resignation of two of his ministers amid allegations they were trying to subvert the ongoing probe. Then, Brazil's prosecutor general sought the arrest of four members of Temer's party for the same reason. And now Sergio Machado, a former Petrobras executive, is accusing Temer of having asked him for illegal campaign contributions for his own party back in 2012, allegations that Temer denies.
While many in Brazil had hoped that Temer would put a drifting economy back on track, others, including Rio de Janeiro-based American reporter Glenn Greenwald, had warned that it would come to this, that Temer was bound to be no cleaner than his predecessors. But the real lesson from the Petrobras investigation, now in its third-year, is even more difficult to face: it may be nearly impossible to find any senior figure in Brazilian politics who is clean.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY
- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visit Orlando to meet families of the victims of Sunday's mass shooting.
- The three-day Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum opens. The "Russian Davos" will be attended by 500 foreign companies from 60 countries.
- 116th U.S. Golf Open kicks off at the historic Oakmont Country Club. Game Six of NBA finals.