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In Brazil, a corruption scandal has many people pushing for president Michel Temer to leave office. And NPR's Philip Reeves discovered that this political fight reached a picturesque place in Rio de Janeiro.

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And next we visit a Venezuelan hillside. Political and economic chaos in that country has made life for the poor even harder than it was. And as NPR's Philip Reeves reports, they already faced a steep climb.

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Up first, this day marks the anniversary of the start of Venezuela's struggle for independence in 1810. We normally wouldn't mention that here this morning but many Venezuelans plan to spend this day protesting their government.

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