The endless cycle of Washington news has put political America into a kind of Trump-induced fugue state. At some point we'll all wake up and wonder where the past several months have gone. Did anything ... else happen? Why, yes. While the Trump White House's obsession with drama has put on an entrancing show, politics in outside of the West Wing has just kept going. Here are some of the stories you’ll want to know when you wake up from your Trump news coma.
The presidential crisis that doesn’t involve Russia.
It hasn’t been a full year since Brazilians removed Dilma Rousseff from the presidency amid a swirling corruption crisis that has engulfed much of the country’s political class. Now the country is contemplating yet another removal of the president, as Michel Temer, the conservative who took over after Rousseff’s impeachment, faces new corruption allegations. The Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Wednesday on a recording alleged to show Temer approving the bribery of a powerful former legislator to prevent him from testifying. Temer is already wildly unpopular, the suggestion that he might leave the presidency early wiped billions off of Brazilian stocks. Temer went on television to declare his innocence, but even if he doesn’t step down, Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal is considering a case that could remove him from office. Were Brazil to move to early elections, that would benefit former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, the highly popular ex-president who became synonymous with Brazil’s recent economic rise. Lula wants to run again, but faces a ticking clock in the form of his own corruption allegations, which, if a trial moves ahead before the elections, could see him barred from office. This latest round reshuffles the political deck, and Brazilians are waiting to see what card is drawn next.