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 Alleged ‘Double Standard’ Prime Badge
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood on the Senate floor this morning, nobly calling out the “double standard” he thinks is being applied to protests amid COVID-19.

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Where Things Stand: Media Mistakes Embolden Another Trumpian Prime Badge
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Regardless of who-pitched-who, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) clearly knew what he was doing — and what he was getting away with — with his New York Times op-ed pushing the use of military force against protesters demonstrating against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

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Where Things Stand: New Zealand Gets It Right Prime Badge
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After imposing a strict lockdown across the country early-on in the coronavirus outbreak, New Zealand seems to be the first country around the globe to fully eradicate COVID-19.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2020/02/17: A view of an american conservative cable television news channel Fox News logo. (Photo by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Where Things Stand: Why Is Rand Paul Opposing An Anti-Lynching Bill? Prime Badge
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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: U.S. Senator Rand Paul L (R-KY) listens to testimony during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine COVID-19 and Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

There’s a lot to keep up with today, but I want to point you to this Politico writeup about the anti-lynching bill that was debated on the Senate floor yesterday.

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Where Things Stand: McConnell’s Weak Jab Prime Badge
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The Senate majority leader rarely straightens his spine to break with President Trump. And when he does, you can always expect push back about as stiff as a wet noodle.

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Where Things Stand: Voters Speak On Injustice Prime Badge
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BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES - 2020/06/02: "I Voted! Did you?" Stickers for voters at City Hall during Indiana Primary Election Day.Primary Elections take place in Bloomington, Indiana after polls closed at Grandview Elementary School on Indiana Primary Election Day, June 2, 2020. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Protesters weren’t the only people demanding justice last night.

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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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