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: GOP Keeps Losing, Conceding In-Person Rally Fights
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Despite the Texas Republican Party’s most valiant efforts to hold its annual gathering in Houston this week, the state’s all-conservative Supreme Court on Monday blocked the GOP’s ongoing appeals to hold the gathering in-person.

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Where Things Stand: Fauci Knows Politics Have Contributed To Our Grand COVID Failure
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Dr. Anthony Fauci has played a vital role and has been a consistent, therapeutic presence in the U.S.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic since the earliest days of the White House task force.

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Where Things Stand: Something Else On Our Radar
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While we digest today’s SCOTUS rulings on President Trump’s financial records — you can find our first breakdowns here and here — there’s something else we’re monitoring this afternoon that might be of interest.

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Where Things Stand: SCOTUS Decision On Trump Finances Coming Tomorrow
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We’re already preparing for a busy Thursday morning. 

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Where Things Stand: An Endless Quest For Leakers
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The pattern has become pretty predictable.

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Where Things Stand: Maybe He’s Sort Of Listening
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As we flagged earlier this morning, attendees at President Trump’s upcoming rally in New Hampshire will be “strongly encouraged” to wear masks even though President Trump has thus far refused to wear one in public.

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Where Things Stand: Keep An Eye On Azar’s Travel
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Even though the White House has cut off its coronavirus task force briefings in order to pump up President Trump’s political aspirations, most Americans are acutely aware of which states are experiencing massive COVID-19 spikes.

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Where Things Stand: Here Are The Admin Officials Who Don’t Want To Give You Daily COVID Info
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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and counselor to the president Hope Hicks, for starters.

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Where Things Stand: The GOP’s Embarrassing Mask Prodding
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At this point, multiple Republicans and Trump allies have done their damnedest to quietly nudge President Trump on masks — all without actually calling him out for it.

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Where Things Stand: We Should’ve Known A While Ago That Kavanaugh Can’t Be Trusted
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Back in the days of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious Senate confirmation, the Washington Post killed a story that could’ve exposed a striking example of Kavanaugh’s public disingenuousness.

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