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We’re back and we’re reading – everything from “ABC News” to “BBC News.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got a new president in Brazil, a new claim by Trump about the media and midterm election updates.

Far right-wing candidate wins Brazilian presidential election.

Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro has won the Brazilian presidency with 55 percent of the vote Sunday night, according to the BBC.

Bolsonaro campaigned on pro-market economic policies, a return to traditional Brazilian values and a vow to crackdown on crime that has caused users on social media to label him as the ”Trump of the Tropics.”

Like President Trump, Bolsonaro had become a polarizing figure before entering office. Bolsonaro has signaled that he would pull Brazil out of the 2015 Paris Agreement of climate change as well as lower regulations.

Critics of Bolsonaro are concerned over his string of seemly inappropriate comments.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans not to run in 2021

After 13 years as Chancellor of Germany and the head of her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Bloomberg is reporting that Angela Merkel has stepped down as head of CDU as well as Chancellor in 2021.

Her decision comes after numerous setbacks and losses in last year’s federal elections as well as regional elections in Bavaria last week and Hesse Sunday.

Merkel took personal responsibility for those losses and said she was “trying to do [her] part to allow the federal government to function well again.”

Merkel said that after her tenure as Chancellor, she has no intention of seeking another political office and will return to public life.

President Trump calls the media “the true enemy of the people” in Monday morning tweet

Just two days after the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and his call for unity to fight anti-Semitism, President Trump tweeted that fake news must end for harmony to return to the U.S.

Trump claims the media dishonestly and fraudulently blamed conservatives for the growing social division.

Trump also referred to the coverage of the string of mail bombs as that “‘bomb stuff” that has distracted from GOP momentum at the polls.

President Trump’s executive time

President Trump started his day no earlier than 11 a.m. and received two out of the five daily briefings last week according to his detailed schedule obtained by POLITICO.

The review also found that Trump had nine hours of executive time last Tuesday. During this time he tweets, watches television and calls friends and allies, but only spends about three hours in official meetings and policy briefings.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly created executive time for the president after complaints of over-scheduling from Kelly’s predecessor and former RNC chairperson Reince Priebus.

Young voters are showing up for midterm elections

A new survey from the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School found that voters under the age of 30 are more likely to vote in the current midterm elections than in 2010 and 2014.

The survey show that 40 percent of young voters say there are “definitely” going to vote.

Even with a margin of error traditionally in the high single digits, the director of the polling institute, John Della Volpe, said young voter participation will be higher than previous midterms.

Former President Jimmy Carter asks Georgia’s  Republican Gubernatorial candidate to resign as Secretary of State

Former President and Georgian native Jimmy Carter asked Republican Brian Kemp to step down as Georgia’s Secretary of State in personal letter obtained by the Associated Press.

In the letter, Carter made an appeal to keep people’s trust in elections and results of Kemp’s highly contested race with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, stating that “one of the key requirements for a fair and trusted process is that there be a non biased supervision of the electoral process.”

Carter’s request comes after an already contentious race between Kemp and Abrams with claims of voter suppression from Kent’s office after 53,000 voter registrations have been held for suspicion on voter fraud.

That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more.