Desperate not to lose relevance after Jair Bolsonaro’s victory, former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso has been using social media to make suggestions, criticize, and upset the president-elect, who is reacting accordingly. Since Saturday, the two presidents, former and future, are trading barbs like normal, enraged Twitter users. A sign of the times…In this weird world, a fourteen-year-old Paraguayan soccer player has become the second youngest player to score in a professional match, a Hungarian journalist caught tripping migrants in Europe in 2015 was acquitted, and women who accused Justice Kavanaugh of rape are coming forward and confessing that it was all a political lie.
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Bolsonaro and FHC trade barbs on Twitter
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso are trading barbs on social media. This all began on Saturday, when FHC started coming up with unrequested suggestions about Bolsonaro’s administration, also saying that the captain will harm Brazil’s image around the world. After that, Bolsonaro posted a photo of FHC reading a book that implied he is a communist. FHC retorted, “Misinformation is the worst adviser, all the more when it comes from powerful people.”
Bolsonaro wants fewer representatives in Congress
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro dreams big—and maybe a little too bold for Brazilian standards. Surfing his enormous wave of popularity after the election, he wants to reduce the number of federal representatives from 513 to 400. It’s not a new idea. There’s a bill by Senator Jorge Viana (PT) that suggests an even more drastic reduction to 385 representatives. The proposal faces obvious challenges: it needs a constitutional amendment and the representatives are not interested in cutting their own jobs.
At fourteen, Paraguayan player scores his first goal as a professional player
Only fourteen years old, the Paraguayan soccer player Fernando Ovelar is now the country’s youngest player to score for a professional club. And it was not an easy goal. Ovelar scored for Cerro Porteño in a match against Olímpia. This was Ovelar’s second match on the main team. Fernando Ovelar is not the youngest player to score professionally, though. The Myanmarese Aung Kyaw Tun was roughly six months younger when he scored his first goal, in 2000.
Supreme Court acquits journalist caught tripping migrants
In 2015, a cruel image ran the world: while a group of refugees fled from a camp at the Serbian-Hungarian border, the journalist Petra Laszlo tried kicking and tripping the migrants. At that time, she was fired and sentenced to three years’ probation for disruptive conduct. But now the Hungarian Supreme Court has ruled that Laszo’s act, though morally reproachable, was not a crime.
Women who accused Kavanaugh confess that their charges were false
Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh almost lost his post at the U.S. Supreme Court due to accusations of being a sexual predator as a young man. Congress confirmed his nomination, after all, and now two of the accusers admitted that they made up the story of rape. One of them, Judy Munro-Leighton, confessed that she claimed to be a victim of the judge “as a way to grab attention.” Now she could be prosecuted for lying to and obstructing Congress.