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: We’re Still Footing The Bill
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Just a reminder: President Trump is still profiting off the presidency.

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Where Things Stand: McConnell Is Desperate To Maintain His Grip

It’s not the most important news of the day, but I am endlessly fascinated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) seemingly endless campaign to prod the secretary of state into running for an open senate seat in Kansas.

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Where Things Stand: It’s Not Up To You

White House senior adviser and son-in-law to the President Jared Kushner is walking back his outrageous suggestion about pushing back the presidential election.

As he should.

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Where Things Stand: This Almost Feels Like A Normal Day
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12:  The Supreme Court of the United States of America. The building, a classical Corinthian architectural style, was completed in 1935 with marble mined from Vermont used on the exterior and the four inner courtyards  are white Georgia marble.  (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

It’s been a long time since we had a major case or hearing to focus our coverage around, let alone two in one day.

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Where Things Stand: Spiraling Out
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CNN anchor Don Lemon went viral last week when he spoke directly to President Trump during a monologue on his show, asking the President why his predecessor seems to constantly get under his skin.

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Where Things Stand: This Is Going To Backfire
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Another member of the inner circle has tested positive for COVID-19.

MSNBC and CNN are both reporting that a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has COVID-19. The staffer is reportedly not physically near him at the moment. Pence is on Air Force 2, currently en route to Iowa for an event.

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Where Things Stand: Political Prayers
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President Trump plans to participate in the White House’s National Day of Prayer service in the Rose Garden this afternoon. While his focus will likely be different, there’s a slim chance it’ll feel less calculated than his political performance at the National Prayer Breakfast just a few short months ago.

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Where Things Stand: Breaking Their Own Rules
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During the Passover, first daughter Ivanka Trump was shredded in the media for traveling to her father’s resort to celebrate, breaking the White House’s own “essential travel” rules.

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Where Things Stand: The Rewards Of Forcing The Desperate To Return To Work
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The governors of Texas and Iowa will soon be rewarded for their reopening efforts with a visit to the White House this week.

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Where Things Stand: The Rare Admission Of Error
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In the Trump administration, officials are more likely to dig their heels into errors than admit any level of wrongdoing.

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