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: Show Of Hands, Should We Separate Families? Prime Badge
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They took a vote. A, hands up if you think we should do this bloody thing, vote.

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Where Things Stand: A TPM Piñata Prime Badge
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TPM reporter Matt Shuham has been on the story surrounding the “We Build The Wall” project for months. At one point during the bluster of breaking news this morning he likened covering the story of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s arrest, and all the absurd developments surrounding it, to “hitting a TPM piñata” — every time you smack it with a bat, something better falls out.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Where Things Stand: It’s Ladies’ Night Prime Badge
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You might not have noticed because we are good at hiding it, but some of the TPM staff is a bit sleep deprived this week.

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Where Things Stand: The Sideshow Prime Badge
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An approaching full week in the spotlight is not enough to satiate President Trump’s attention appetite.

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Where Things Stand: We’re On This Prime Badge
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The news surrounding the USPS last week was grim. Out of all of President Trump’s rhetorical bellyaching about the 2020 election, this thread appears like it could have tangible ramifications.

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Where Things Stand: Concrete Plans To Challenge The Election Prime Badge
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Like any good manipulator, President Trump has been signaling for weeks that he plans to be very mad about the election. The preemptive complaints about mail-in voting, the race-baiting, the showy displays meant to signal law-and-order — he’s building a sturdy base narrative to stand on when things don’t go his way in November.

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Where Things Stand: The Love Letters Prime Badge
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Here’s something to look forward to as we attempt to distract ourselves from the fact that COVID-19 is still very much our reality: Reading the contents of pen pals President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s letters to one another.

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Where Things Stand: Early Speculation On Harris Senate Replacement Prime Badge
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is seen after an interview in Russell Building on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) appointment as Joe Biden’s running mate represents a wealth of necessary firsts for our nation and is the culmination of months of political maneuvering from both Biden and Harris’ teams and the Democratic Party as a whole.

But why float in the breeze for a few hours after months of speculation when we can dive into a plethora of “what’s next?” inquiries. That is the media’s job after all.

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Where Things Stand: This Could Get Really Dark Prime Badge
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It appears President Trump is attempting to take his war against immigrants to a new level, and he’s using COVID-19 as an excuse to do it.

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