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 Almost Feels Like A Normal Day
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12:  The Supreme Court of the United States of America. The building, a classical Corinthian architectural style, was completed in 1935 with marble mined from Vermont used on the exterior and the four inner courtyards  are white Georgia marble.  (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

It’s been a long time since we had a major case or hearing to focus our coverage around, let alone two in one day.

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Where Things Stand: Spiraling Out
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CNN anchor Don Lemon went viral last week when he spoke directly to President Trump during a monologue on his show, asking the President why his predecessor seems to constantly get under his skin.

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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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