Nicole Lafond

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Nicole Lafond is TPM’s special projects editor, based in New York. Previously, she was a senior newswriter for TPM. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and formerly covered education for The News-Gazette in Illinois.
Where Things Stand: Even The Bare Minimum Isn’t Enough Prime Badge
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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference announcing statewide expanded COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Alas, even the bare minimum enforcement of basic elements of democracy is too much for President Trump.

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Where Things Stand: Even The Tiger King Prime Badge
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President Trump has been laying the groundwork for years at this point.

Even if he had won the election, he’d probably continue floating it — letting a potential Michael Flynn pardon swing in the breeze while he waits for the right moment to let it drop. Now we’ve reached an hour so ripe with presidential turmoil that he might as well fling a distraction at his base.

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Where Things Stand: Cooperate But Don’t Prime Badge
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The news out of the GSA last night was obviously newsworthy — the strongest indication yet that President Trump is running out of options to keep his claims of a stolen election afloat.

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Where Things Stand: Ex-GOP National Security Officials Have, Apparently, Had Enough Prime Badge
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Perhaps it’s easier to speak out against President Trump and the flailing, chaotic, dwindling days of his presidency when you’re no longer in an official position.

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Where Things Stand: Whispers Of Moving On Prime Badge
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At least three members of the Trump family inner orbit are looking to a future that might not necessarily involve the chief patriarch being president of the United States.

While the family publicly continues to hype Trump’s dangerous and ridiculous election delegitimization crusade, privately a few have their sights set on their own political futures.

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Where Things Stand: Austerity For America’s Cities? Prime Badge
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In a narrow sense, this is a very New York City-centric issue. But if it comes to fruition, life as we know it in this city will not only collapse further into the unlivable realm than it already has in the wake of COVID-19, but we might see another outbreak spike in the city.

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Where Things Stand: A Fuller Story Prime Badge
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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The full story of the Falwells’ romantic entanglement with a one-time pool attendant-turned business associate appears to be far messier and more surprising than we knew.

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Where Things Stand: A Psychologically Difficult Place To Be Prime Badge
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UKRAINE - 2020/11/13: In this photo illustration a syringe and  ampules with fake COVID-19 vaccine seen with the U.S flag in the background. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

That’s a headline that could encompass the societal feeling of just about any stage of 2020. But it feels particularly pointed right now.

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Where Things Stand: The Stowaway Chief Prime Badge
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It’s been rumored for years that President Trump doesn’t actually enjoy being president. And that’s never been more clear than the last week.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Supporters Have Grown To Expect A Show. That’s All This Is Prime Badge
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At least, that’s all according to a growing list of anonymous White House and campaign aides.

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