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: This Is Going To Backfire
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Another member of the inner circle has tested positive for COVID-19.

MSNBC and CNN are both reporting that a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has COVID-19. The staffer is reportedly not physically near him at the moment. Pence is on Air Force 2, currently en route to Iowa for an event.

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Where Things Stand: Political Prayers
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President Trump plans to participate in the White House’s National Day of Prayer service in the Rose Garden this afternoon. While his focus will likely be different, there’s a slim chance it’ll feel less calculated than his political performance at the National Prayer Breakfast just a few short months ago.

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Where Things Stand: Breaking Their Own Rules
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During the Passover, first daughter Ivanka Trump was shredded in the media for traveling to her father’s resort to celebrate, breaking the White House’s own “essential travel” rules.

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Where Things Stand: The Rewards Of Forcing The Desperate To Return To Work
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The governors of Texas and Iowa will soon be rewarded for their reopening efforts with a visit to the White House this week.

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Where Things Stand: The Rare Admission Of Error
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In the Trump administration, officials are more likely to dig their heels into errors than admit any level of wrongdoing.

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Where Things Stand: The Long Lost Briefing
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After her predecessor rounded out her tenure as White House press secretary without holding a single press briefing, Kayleigh McEnany will hold one of those now-rare Q&A’s with reporters from the White House podium today. Read More

Where Things Stand: You Know He’s In The Doghouse
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, walks on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brad Parscale

Three different outlets published their own version of the same story: President Trump is not happy with his campaign manager Brad Parscale.

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Where Things Stand: Workers Without A Choice
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Risk your health to return to work or lose your unemployment benefits.

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Where Things Stand: More Reports That Trump Was Warned

There have been dozens of news reports in recent weeks suggesting President Trump was warned about the dire circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic around the same time that he was downplaying the spread publicly.

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Where Things Stand: Mark Meadows’ ‘Biggest Concern’
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In what appears to be an attempt to contradict a recent report in the New York Times — that President Trump spends his days eating french fries and obsessing over the TV — newly minted chief-of-staff Mark Meadows told the New York Post this weekend that his “biggest concern” as a top White House official is making sure Trump eats lunch.

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