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’ll Probably See More Of Last Night’s Unhinged Behavior Prime Badge
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 14: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump spoke on several topics including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the stock market and relations with China as the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S., with nearly 3.4 million confirmed cases. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

As Summer Concepcion and I discussed how to cover President Trump’s press briefing last night, we were both utterly gaping at his behavior — that’s coming from two journalists who have been following the ins-and-outs of the Trump-era since Day 1.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Attempts One Final Nail In Sessions’ Career Prime Badge
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It feels like a lifetime ago that we religiously covered President Trump’s repeated attacks on his ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It’s laughable now that the “beleaguered” tweet day felt like a critical moment in Trump’s presidency.

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Where Things Stand: GOP Keeps Losing, Conceding In-Person Rally Fights Prime Badge
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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 Prime Badge
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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 Prime Badge
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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 Prime Badge
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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 Prime Badge
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The pattern has become pretty predictable.

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Where Things Stand: Maybe He’s Sort Of Listening Prime Badge
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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 Prime Badge
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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 Prime Badge
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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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