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Ten Noteworthy Items About August

Facts, events, and otherwise little-known bits of information that garland the eighth month.

The Presidency, Imprisonment, and the Fate of a Nation

One politician, once revered and adored, continues his charge to reclaim Brazil’s presidency while facing a 9.5-year prison sentence. The other, a struggling president, maneuvers his way around allegations as he salvages what is left of his presidency. Either way, for both, the clock is ticking.

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Wonder Woman!

Despite the easy, pseudo-feminist promotion of Diana as “strong,” Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins ultimately created a character who can contain a multitude of expressions that can simultaneously reinforce and disrupt typical gender norms.

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