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: Trump’s Fed Up With Democracy
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His impeachment acquittal may have left him with the impression that he holds the keys to an unbound presidency. And he may be stoking secret pipe dreams that the pandemic will delay the presidential election. But President Trump is clearly getting increasingly fed up with the fact that he is leading a democratic nation and not something more totalitarian.

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Where Things Stand: COVID Forces Sen GOP To Chill On Judge Confirmations
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As Congress is consumed by how best to confront and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Senate Republicans have been forced to toss their efforts — to confirm a string of conservative judges while Republicans still hold the majority in the upper chamber — to the backseat.

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Where Things Stand: Trump’s GOP Friends Want Him To Stop Talking

Some of President Trump’s closes allies would like him to stop talking now.

And they’re saying it publicly.

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Where Things Stand: Grassley’s Soft Spot
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We’ve known for some time that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has a soft spot for protecting whistleblowers. That affection apparently extends to inspector generals as well.

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Where Things Stand: Meadows Isn’t Done
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Newly minted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was behind the decision to replace the White House press secretary with one of President Trump’s most ardent defenders on his reelection campaign.

And he’s not stopping there.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Speaks For Himself
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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is returning to the first lady’s team as chief-of-staff, leaving behind a likely calculated legacy of not once holding a press briefing.

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Where Things Stand: Of Course Giuliani Is Behind This
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President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is apparently whispering in the President’s ear again. This time, it’s about an unproven cure to COVID-19.

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Where Things Stand: Then What Purpose Does A Federal Stockpile Serve, Jared?
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Not to pile on Jared Kushner for a second day in a row … but what is he talking about?

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Where Things Stand: Kushner’s Many Hats
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White House adviser Jared Kushner attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. From left, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health and Kushner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

The President’s son-in-law has quietly taken on a crucial role in the White House’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.

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