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: Steve King’s Fate
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There’s a lot to digest already this afternoon, but here’s a friendly reminder that while the nation is grappling with social and racial unrest, all while still in the very real throngs of a global pandemic, 2020 elections are still happening.

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Where Things Stand: ‘Most Of You Are Weak’
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The irony.

Speaking to governors and other state officials from the Oval Office just now, President Trump suggested that most of those governors on the call were “weak” and urged state leaders to crack down on violence as protests erupt across the nation following the death of George Floyd last week.

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Where Things Stand: Charges Over George Floyd’s Death
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The police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground with his knee while Floyd repeatedly shouted that he couldn’t breathe has been arrested.

The Associated Press just reported the news. We’ll get you more details as we learn them, but it is still unclear what he’s been charged with.

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Where Things Stand: 100,000
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I check President Trump’s public schedule every single (week) day. Sometimes you notice trends.

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Where Things Stand: Not All Fall In Line Behind The Next Great Political Divide
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If President Trump had his way, mask-wearing would play a crucial role in whatever us-versus-them narrative he attempts to spin for his reelection.

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Where Things Stand: The Bootlicking Continues
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has clearly recovered from the utterly devastating blow  President Trump dealt his ego last month.

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Where Things Stand: The Defiance Strategy
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Today, he’s forcing the city of Baltimore to host him, against officials’ will.

Yesterday he refused to wear a mask for most of his tour of a Michigan Ford plants and can’t seem to stop himself from publicly feuding with female officials in the state.

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Where Things Stand: Preemptive Plans To Memorialize Our Dead

We shouldn’t have to plan how to mourn this much loss.

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Where Things Stand: Raging Against His Own Machine
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President Trump and many of his top officials all vote-by-mail.

But as we reported earlier this month, there’s a reason you would never know that.

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Where Things Stand: Desperate Appeasement
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The World Health Organization just unanimously agreed it would conduct a “comprehensive evaluation” of its own response to the coronavirus pandemic that’s rocked the globe. The Associated Press reported that the vote was taken after a resolution was brought forward by European Union members and African nations. But you’d be remiss to assume that Trump’s latest Twitter tangent and funding threats didn’t have something to do with this decision.

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