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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired his culture minister Roberto Alvim on Friday over an address in which he used phrases and ideas similar to an infamous 1933 speech by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, AP reports.

Why it matters: "The outcry was the latest flash point in a broader debate over freedom of speech and culture in the Bolsonaro era," the New York Times writes. Bolsonaro won the presidency after running an anti-leftist campaign with promises to fight corruption and violence.

  • Alvim led an arts initiative focused on Brazilian nationalism and religion.

What he's saying: While announcing a $4.8 million investment in the Brazilian arts grant program, Alvim's address included exact phrases from Goebbels'. The speeches, whose words were reviewed by the AP, both include statements such as the country's art "in the next decade will be heroic" and "will be national." Both also conclude: "Or it will be nothing."

  • Alvim said the country needed "a culture that doesn't destroy, but one that will save our youth."
  • "When culture is sickened, people become sick as well," he stated in a video recorded next to Bolsanaro.

The state of play: Brazil's president made the decision to fire Alvim after pressure from Jewish organizations, political parties and the country's bar association, AP writes.

  • In a separate statement, Alvim used phrases from a local paper, O Globo, that critics say resembled language from Goebbels. Alvim acknowledged the similarity, but said it was a "rhetorical coincidence," according to AP, and an "involuntary mistake," in an apology to the Jewish community, per the Times.

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The latest: In Hawaii, the variant was found in an unvaccinated O'ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a state health department statement. The variant has also been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

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A major Democratic donor and Nord Stream 2 lobbyist has made maximum campaign contributions this year to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and vulnerable Senate Democrats, campaign finance records show.

Why it matters: If pressure from the White House to vote against reimposing sanctions on the Russia-backed natural gas pipeline weren't enough, Democrats who back such legislation also will be at loggerheads with one of their party's top fundraisers.

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Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won't release a legislative agenda before next year's midterms, according to people who've attended private meetings with the minority leader.

Why it matters: Every midterm cycle, there are Republican donors and operatives who argue the party should release a positive, pro-active governing outline around which candidates can rally. McConnell adamantly rejects this idea, preferring to skewer Democrats for their perceived failures.