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: These Two Headlines Prime Badge
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This morning we published two pieces with starkly disturbing headlines within about thirty minutes of each other.

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Where Things Stand: He Can’t Stop Politicizing A Tragedy Prime Badge
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They couldn’t even find a willing participant. So they replaced a shop owner with someone who’d be happy to play his game.

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Where Things Stand: Why Is Trump Tweeting About Mini-Strokes? Prime Badge
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My roommate just asked me this question. There’s not a solid answer, but it’s related to news out of New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt’s forthcoming book, which was obtained by CNN.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Campaign Seeks To Cast Unrest As A Campaign Issue Prime Badge
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The White House is going after former Veep Joe Biden for not traveling to Kenosha, Wisconsin, unlike President Trump who “shows up.”

The only issue? The governor of Wisconsin has politely asked Trump to actually … not show up.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Touts ‘Succes’ In Kenosha Prime Badge
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While there were scant references to the shooting of Jacob Blake during the last night of the RNC Thursday, President Trump tweeted about the “succes” scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday morning. (No, that is not a typo on my part, but his).

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Where Things Stand: The Marathon Finish Line Prime Badge
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One more night.

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Where Things Stand: Graham’s Remarks Are Part Of The Problem Prime Badge
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It’s a meme that’s been circulating across social media for months, since George Floyd was murdered by police, sparking a reignited nationwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice: guilty people don’t deserve to be killed by police, either.

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Where Things Stand: Revisionist History Prime Badge
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All the cable news pundits have been talking about it as if its some surprising new theme, a novel take on a night laced with apocalyptic doom and sweaty aggression.

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Where Things Stand: The Circus Begins Prime Badge
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NYTRNC20An RNC sign glows outside the Charlotte Convention Center’s Richardson Ballroom in Charlotte, NC where delegates gather for the roll call vote to renominate Donald J. Trump to be President of the United States and Mike Pence to be Vice President.(Travis Dove for The New York Times)

Glancing through tonight’s lineup of speakers suggests that, this evening, we are in for a journey down to the depths of the Trump fever swamp, with only a few potential opportunities to come up for air, when folks like Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speak.

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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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