Analysis: Brazil and U.S., like star-crossed lovers, foiled again

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U.S. President Obama meets with Brazil President Rousseff in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Every time Brazil and the United States get to the altar, the roof of the church seems to collapse. In 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan traveled to Brazil for a dinner banquet meant to herald a new era in ties between the Americas' two biggest countries. But when Reagan raised his wine glass and toasted "the people of Bolivia," it seemed to confirm his hosts' worst fears: that the United States saw Brazil as just another poor country in its so-called backyard. This week, hopes for a breakthrough fell apart once again, in even more dramatic fashion. …

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