It keeps getting messier.
A senator close to the president has just been arrested in a widening graft scandal. Lawmakers are wielding the threat of impeachment over the president, thwarting efforts to deal with the tumbling economy.
And then, on Tuesday, Brazil reported its worst economic performance in two decades. The dismal result — the economy shrank 1.7 percent in the third quarter — is the culmination of months of economic crisis and political paralysis, casting a pall over Latin America’s largest country.