Brazil's public education system handles 50 million students but, according to many, not very well. Private initiatives funded by thousands of Brazilian businesses have created a parallel education system.
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This summer, we'll be launching a series on women and childbirth. We'll bring you stories from China, Egypt, France and, of course, from all over the United States. And we'll be reporting on everything from the latest science to cultural trends, to the many challenges that pregnant women face around the world.
It's been a tough week for Congressman Paul Ryan. He wrote the House Republican's budget, including the plan that would eventually privatize Medicare. Ryan's plan played a big part in a special election in upstate New York this week, an election that flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat. Then yesterday, a majority of the Senate, including five Republicans, voted to kill the Ryan budget.
And we're going to stay on the topic of Arizona. A new word is about to enter the political lexicon: Sarah-zona. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported recently that Sarah Palin and her husband Todd may have purchased an 8,000-square-foot house in Scottsdale, fueling speculation that the former Alaska governor might use the Southwestern state as a base for a presidential campaign.