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Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who previously served as a U.S. attorney, told MSNBC on Tuesday that he sees the new probe into the Trump inaugural committee, and other investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as “much more concerning” than special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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Mark Herring’s dreams of running the state of Virginia could soon fall into his lap.

The state attorney general previously indicated that he planned to throw his hat into the Democratic gubernatorial primary ahead of the 2021 election. But, if the two top officials in the state opt to resign in disgrace — due to two separate bad-optics ghosts from the past that were surfaced by one pro-Trump website in the past week — he could end up the 2021 shoo-in.

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President Trump on Tuesday announced he was sending additional military personnel to the border to combat the supposed “tremendous numbers of people” entering the U.S. from Mexico, by tweeting that he would “build a human wall” if he couldn’t get the physical one he’s gunning for.

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During her opening monologue on Monday evening, Fox News host Laura Ingraham lambasted Democrats for abandoning one of their own for the sake of what she called “political correctness” and cautioned Republicans against criticizing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in order “to avoid joining the PC puritans of the left.”

“So now everybody is walking on eggshells everywhere to avoid being called out for white privilege or gender privilege, without the privilege of knowing what this new orthodoxy even requires,” Ingraham said. “Ralph Northam’s fate will ultimately be decided by Democrats in the Commonwealth and Republicans would do well to avoid joining the PC puritans of the left. Because the Democrats, they’re tripping all over themselves to prove how enlightened they are by throwing even their own under the PC express.”

High ranking Democrats have called for Northam to resign after photos of him wearing blackface in college surfaced late last week. After a botched handling of the controversy, he has refused to resign and asked his staffers for more time to clear his name.

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