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.
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Where Things Stand: Why Is Rand Paul Opposing An Anti-Lynching Bill?
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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: U.S. Senator Rand Paul L (R-KY) listens to testimony during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine COVID-19 and Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

There’s a lot to keep up with today, but I want to point you to this Politico writeup about the anti-lynching bill that was debated on the Senate floor yesterday.

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Where Things Stand: McConnell’s Weak Jab
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The Senate majority leader rarely straightens his spine to break with President Trump. And when he does, you can always expect push back about as stiff as a wet noodle.

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Where Things Stand: Voters Speak On Injustice
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BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/02: "I Voted! Did you?" Stickers for voters at City Hall during Indiana Primary Election Day.Primary Elections take place in Bloomington, Indiana after polls closed at Grandview Elementary School on Indiana Primary Election Day, June 2, 2020. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Protesters weren’t the only people demanding justice last night.

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Where Things Stand: Steve King’s Fate
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There’s a lot to digest already this afternoon, but here’s a friendly reminder that while the nation is grappling with social and racial unrest, all while still in the very real throngs of a global pandemic, 2020 elections are still happening.

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Where Things Stand: ‘Most Of You Are Weak’
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The irony.

Speaking to governors and other state officials from the Oval Office just now, President Trump suggested that most of those governors on the call were “weak” and urged state leaders to crack down on violence as protests erupt across the nation following the death of George Floyd last week.

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Where Things Stand: Charges Over George Floyd’s Death
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The police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground with his knee while Floyd repeatedly shouted that he couldn’t breathe has been arrested.

The Associated Press just reported the news. We’ll get you more details as we learn them, but it is still unclear what he’s been charged with.

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Where Things Stand: 100,000
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I check President Trump’s public schedule every single (week) day. Sometimes you notice trends.

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Where Things Stand: Not All Fall In Line Behind The Next Great Political Divide
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If President Trump had his way, mask-wearing would play a crucial role in whatever us-versus-them narrative he attempts to spin for his reelection.

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