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overcool” ofdenim jeans, says Fred Dennis, seniorcurator at theFIT—they did not fit into a “romanticised, cool-dude weekendlook”. Small wonderthatblue-collarworkersfeel forgotten.7The meaning of blue jeansDenim’s historysuggests thatAmerican attitudes to workare more complexthan theyseemLexington
39The Economist March 26th 2016Property
40The EconomistMarch 26th 20161ON MARCH 18th the clock started tick-ing for Dilma Rousseff. The lowerhouse of Brazil’s Congress voted to startthe impeachment process against the pres-ident, who has until early April to presenther defence. She faces charges of using ac-countingtrickeryto hide the true size ofthebudget deficit. Her congressional foes planto put forward a second motion based onallegations that relate more directly to themain scandal that threatens her future: aformerallyclaimsthatshe tried to obstructa wide-ranging investigation into a multi-billion-dollar bribery scheme at Petrobras,the state-controlled oil giant, from whichherleft-wingWorkers’ Party(PT) profited. As congressmen in Brasília, the capital,cast their votes, 300,000-odd PTsuppor-ters swept onto the streets across the coun-try in support of their embattled leader.But before the crowds dispersed, the presi-dent suffered another setback. The ap-pointment as minister of her wily prede-cessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, wasblocked bya supreme-courtjudge. Thus ended the most eventful and od-dest 72 hours in recent Brazilian history.They leave the president weakened, possi-bly fatally. The reputation of her once-re-vered predecessor is in tatters (see Bello).That ofthe crusading judge leading the Pe-trobras investigation, Sérgio Moro, hasbeen damaged, too. The country, which issufferingitsworstrecession since the 1930s,isangryand bewildered. The latest furore began on March 16th,of the law and constitution”. Many law-yers agree that he erred in releasing record-ings in which one party—the president noless—is not under formal investigation andenjoys strong constitutional protection.The controversial exchange was recordedafter Mr Moro had ordered the police tostop tapping Lula’s phone. One supreme-court justice chastised the judge for “leav-ingthe lawbythe wayside”.In theorythe weightofevidenceagainstMsRousseff, who deniesall wrong-doing, will determine her fate in Congress.In practice political passionswill play a bigrole. A poll published last weekend foundthat 68% of Brazilians favour impeach-ment. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a for-mer president who long believed that im-peachmentwould seta dangerousprecedent, now supports it. “That is whatthe streets clamour for,” he told a newspa-per. A record 3.6m people marched earlierthismonth to demand MsRousseff’sfall.

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