Impeachment Proceedings Begin Against Brazilian President, Pentagon Misled Congress on Sexual Assaults

Brazil Crisis: Rousseff Loses Lower House Impeachment Vote-BBC News

The parliament in Brazil has voted to begin impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. She has been accused of manipulating government accounts to help her secure her re-election in 2014. The supporters of her impeachment in parliament needed 342 votes to begin the impeachment proceedings and they netted 367 votes. Thousands of demonstrators who watched the vote live on huge TV screens in cities around Brazil began victory celebrations once the votes were released. “We fought a lot to sack this corrupt government, which destroyed our industry, jobs and left chaos in all social classes, “ demonstrator Marisa Cardamone, told AFP news agency in Sao Paulo.

AP: Pentagon Misled Congress on Sexual Assaults-CBS News

The Pentagon provided inaccurate and vague information to Congress about sexual assault cases that showed civilian law enforcement officials as less willing than military commanders to punish sex offenders, an Associated Press investigation found.  Internal government records revealed that local district attorneys and police officers failed to act against U.S. service members who were then prosecuted in military courts for sex crimes. However, in a number of these cases the steps described by civilian authorities were described incorrectly or were absent. These records were acquired through the Freedom of Information Act by the advocacy group Protect Our Defenders. This information has been perceived by Protect Our Defenders as a way for the Pentagon to prevent support for Senate legislation to change the way the military handles sexual assault allegations. “Charges should not be sent to trial to set an example or show a commander is tough, Don Christensen, the president of Protect Our Defenders said. 

Supreme Court Weighs Obama’s Immigration Plan, With Much at Stake-NY Times

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to President Obama’s plan to protect more than four million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allow them to work legally in the United States. The case United States vs. Texas, No. 15-674, brought to the forefront by 26 states could have a significant ruling on presidential power and immigration policy when both issues have been adamantly discussed in presidential campaigns this spring.