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Trouble at home: Why Brazil's Rousseff needed US state visit

Rousseff was able to turn her back on a US visit in 2013, claiming moral authority over reported NSA spying. But domestic challenges in Brazil mean she needs a cozier relationship with the US.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

As Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff traded amicable jokes with President Barack Obama at the White House and discussed bilateral trade and investment opportunities this week, attention back home in Brazil was focused largely on an issue hitting far closer to home.

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