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Paul Krugman scalds reporters who fell for Trump’s caravan hype: ‘You’re so easily played’

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Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday raked mainstream news reporters over the coals after they spent days leading up to the midterms covering the migrant caravan hyped by President Donald Trump as a massive threat to American security.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman said that the coverage of the caravan reminded him of the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s State Department email server in 2016 — that is, a phony issue pushed by Republicans and eagerly taken up by the news media.

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“The midterms election feels like a mix-and-match combination of two ugly episodes from history,” he explained. “For weeks it felt like 2016: Rs created a fake issue — the caravan playing the role of emails — and the news media happily went along with it.”

Krugman then pointed out that coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday — a sure sign that it was a manufactured issue Republicans used to gin up their voters.

“Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast — not just Fox News, but mainstream media too,” he wrote. “Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you’re so easily played.”

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Indicted Giuliani associate helped Nunes arrange meetings during his overseas trips to discredit the Russia investigation

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate currently under federal indictment for campaign finance violations, helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrange meetings in Europe as part of his efforts to discredit the investigation of Russian contacts within President Donald Trump's campaign.

According to congressional records, Nunes, in his capacity as then-House Intelligence Chairman, visited Europe from November 30 to December 3, of last year, during which he was accompanied by three staffers — Derek Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — at a taxpayer expense of over $63,000.

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Rick Wilson mocks GOP as impeachment witnesses ‘obliterate’ their talking points: ‘Dumber than a sack of hair’

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On Wednesday, as the House wrapped up another day of bombshell impeachment testimony from multiple foreign service officers, former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Rick Wilson mocked President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, pointing out that all of their major talking points to defend the president's conduct in Ukraine have been "obliterated":

1/ Hey committee Republicans! Have you noticed every single line of defense that you've mounted this week for the president has been utterly fucking obliterated?

Is this clear to you yet?

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Pro-Trump fundraisers subpoenaed by Manhattan federal prosecutors investigating Giuliani henchmen

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have issued subpoenas for a number of people financing President Donald Trump's re-election effort, as well as independent pro-Trump groups, as part of their investigation of indicted Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

Among those subpoenaed are Brian Ballard, a Trump campaign donor, and two people who helped fundraise for the super PAC America First Action, all of whom allegedly worked with Parnas and Fruman as they helped Giuliani run the Ukraine scheme.

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