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Paul Krugman nails why GOPers won’t turn on Trump — and it’s not over fear of the president’s wrath

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Economist Paul Krugman discusses Donald Trump on July 13, 2015. [Bloomberg TV]

In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman mocked Republicans who have painted themselves into a corner with their slavish devotion to Donald Trump and now, in the face of real crimes that could lead to impeachment, refuse to condemn him for fear it will make them look like they have aligned with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democrats.

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Leading off with, “So all the pundits who warned that Dems were making a terrible mistake are engaged in some serious soul-searching, right? Hahahaha,” the Nobel Prize-winning economist dug into what is holding them back — then coined a term to explain their reluctance.

“Actually, a real puzzle: why are so many center-right anti-Trumpers deeply opposed to holding Trump accountable for abuse of power? You might think they’d be glad to see him fall bc of his personal sins, not his policies,” he wrote before adding, “One answer might be Pelosi derangement syndrome: they may be anti-Trump, but can’t stand admitting that Dems are doing anything right. Strong overlap between never-impeachers and those who insisted Dems were blowing the midterms.”

He then tweeted, “All this is, of course, a minor sideshow. Much more important to ask whether any R senators will relocate their spines. Experience isn’t encouraging, but hope springs eternal.”

You can see the tweets below:

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Judge imposes sweeping order to ensure ballots are delivered on time despite Trump’s USPS slowdown: report

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The politics surround the United States Postal Service during the COVID-19 pandemic continued on Tuesday.

"United States Postal Service leadership received a sweeping set of orders from a federal judge on Tuesday, laying out ways the Postal Service must make sure ballots are delivered quickly because of the ongoing election and absentee voting deadlines," CNN reported Tuesday. "One week ahead of Election Day, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the DC District Court told the Postal Service to inform its employees that late delivery trips are allowed and the delivery of ballots by state elections deadlines is important."

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Pro-Trump internet trolls tried to hijack Nickelodeon’s kid’s survey on who should be president — and failed

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On Tuesday, Nickelodeon hosted its "Kids Pick The President" straw poll, in which young viewers of the network give their own opinion on who should win the presidential election. The poll has no electoral significance, given that kids cannot vote and given that the survey methodology is not scientific and lets anyone opt in regardless of how it balances the sample.

Despite this, pro-Trump internet trolls reportedly sought to hijack the results, spreading the message to get people to flood the poll with votes for President Donald Trump.

In the end, however, they couldn't even do it. Joe Biden won the poll, 53 percent to 47 percent.

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Wisconsin sees ‘nightmare scenario’ of COVID cases — as Trump ignores medical advice for campaign rally

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Wisconsin residents saw a “nightmare scenario” situation unfold Tuesday as 5,262 COVID-19 cases rocked the state, resulting in 64 deaths as President Donald Trump held a large campaign rally with few masks and zero social distancing.

"This is no longer a slow-motion disaster," said Gregory Poland, director of the vaccine research group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "This is a disaster in warp speed. And it's maddening to me as a physician because a whole lot of people have died and are dying."

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Department of Health Services reported 5,262 new cases and 64 deaths Tuesday, both records far above any previous daily counts. The death toll now stands at 1,852.

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