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: Shortened Dem Convention Makes For Tough Decisions On Who Gets To Speak Prime Badge
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We already knew that GOPer and ex-Ohio governor John Kasich would have a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention in a few short weeks.

But a new report out of Politico this morning takes a look at some of the behind-the-scenes about how Democrats will cast their convention, and provides details on who a few more high profile convention speakers might be — the Obamas, the Clintons, Jill Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). But it may be who ends up left out of the coveted speaking gigs that’s more intriguing.

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Where Things Stand: Americans Are OK With SCOTUS, Despite What Pence Says Prime Badge
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CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2013/06/01: Supreme Court Building, eastern facade. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence was speaking directly to the audience he knows best when he went after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday.

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Where Things Stand: They’re Not Even Trying To Hide It These Days Prime Badge
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While President Trump himself is exempt from the rules of the Hatch Act, it would appear he’s not even trying to adhere to precedent as he vies for a second term.

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Where Things Stand: Eyes On Kansas Prime Badge
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There’s a primary election in Kansas today that Republicans are warning could have broad implications on the GOP’s ability to hold the Senate in November.

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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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