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: A Sign Of The Times Prime Badge
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As Nieman Lab and a few other local publications have pointed out, at the end of this month, Wyoming will become the first state in the union that doesn’t have a true, daily print newspaper.

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Where Things Stand: Without Batting An Eye, WH Condemns Hong Kong For Election Delay Prime Badge
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There are layers of complexity to Hong Kong’s election delay that are not parallel to what President Trump suggested should happen in the U.S. via Twitter yesterday.

But the fantastic failure to acknowledge the irony makes it worth flagging.

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Where Things Stand: Just Another 2020 Morning News Dump Prime Badge
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There was a lot going on this morning.

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Where Things Stand: Droplets On Capitol Hill Prime Badge
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The virus is obviously invisible — increasingly, we’re learning that it spreads through tiny particles in the air, the now-infamous “droplets.”

But it’s wild to think that we may have watched as some of those droplets made their way into the halls of Congress yesterday.

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Where Things Stand: ‘Spying!’ Prime Badge
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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) listens before a hearing on ÒOversight of the Department of Justice: Political Interference and Threats to Prosecutorial IndependenceÓ on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on June 24th, 2020.

We’re already seeing several themes emerging from the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr that began this morning.

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Where Things Stand: A Hint At Why He’s Been More COVID Behaved Lately Prime Badge
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There are plenty of explanations out there for President Trump’s minor shift in coronavirus posturing in recent weeks. The President is suddenly encouraging mask-wearing, cancelling the in-person convention and giving new COVID-19 briefings. Maybe fellow GOPers’ messaging on masks had an impact. Maybe he didn’t want another Tulsa repeat. Or maybe, as the virus creeps into his inner administration circle, he’s taking it more seriously.

But according to new reporting in the Washington Post, it’s the same as it ever was — all about his reelection.

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Where Things Stand: He Chose To Cancel The Convention? Prime Badge
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A new Politico report tells the story of how President Trump apparently made the move to cancel the in-person convention event in Jacksonville, Florida next month.

But I find that hard to believe.

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Where Things Stand: 48 Tweets Before 9 AM Prime Badge

President Trump doesn’t have anything on his public schedule until 5 p.m. today.

And it’s painfully obvious.

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Where Things Stand: It’s Not Hard To Predict What This Will Be About Prime Badge
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President Trump has a rather transparent event on his schedule today around 3:00 p.m. ET: An address on “Operation Legend: Combating Violent Crimes in American Cities.”

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Where Things Stand: More Critic Silencing? Prime Badge
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The President’s former lawyer and fixer is claiming he is in the same camp as Mary Trump and John Bolton.

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