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As Brazil prepares to host this summer's Olympic Games, it's transfixed by a spectacle of a different kind. A divided legislature is ousting the President of a beleaguered country about to host international athletes and the crowds who want to see them.

Later on the program, we update the ban on Russia's track-and-field athletes and new charges of Russian doping at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

Photo: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (R) with Michel Temer, December 16, 2015. (Antonio Cruz/Agência Brasil)

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Sasa Woodruff
Gideon Brower

Supreme Court Punts Birth Control Case to Lower Courts 6 MIN, 30 SEC

All remaining eight members of the US Supreme Court today refused to decide the latest case against Obamacare and sent it back to the lower courts for reconsideration. It involves contraception. Today's action is evidence that, with the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a divided court is trying to avoid formal deadlocks. Dahlia Lithwick is senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate.com.

Guests:
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

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Brazil's Political Crisis and the Olympic Games 33 MIN, 23 SEC

The upcoming summer games have turned a global spotlight on Brazil, as the elected President is being impeached by legislators more corrupt than she is. Dilma Rousseff's leftist administration is being taken over by a highly unpopular, conservative Vice President, Michel Temer, who's talking about austerity. Political unrest could disrupt the games, and there's dispute whether the flood of tourists and spectators could help spread the Zika virus.

Guests:
Julia Leite, Bloomberg News (@julialeite)
Jamal Khokhar, Institute of the Americas (@khokharja)
Maria Luisa Mendonça, Social Network for Justice and Human Rights
Barry Ames, Pittsburgh University

Russian Sports Doping and the Rio Olympics 10 MIN, 4 SEC

Russia's elite athletes are involved in alleged doping scandals in track and field — and at the last winter games in Sochi.


Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

In the past few days, Russia's Minister of Sport has apologized for one doping scandal and vehemently denied another. David Wallechinsky is President of the International Society of Olympics Historians. His books include the Complete Book of the Olympics.

Guests:
David Wallechinsky, International Society of Olympics Historians (@westwood1sports)

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WADA on the status of Russian testing
WADA's response to athletes' appeal for further investigations

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