Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

Articles by Nichole

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) thinks the solution to ending the government shutdown is elementary.

During an interview Thursday with The Hill’s TV stream, “Rising,” Durbin urged the White House to listen to his colleague Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in order to bring the government shutdown to an end and claimed President Trump is obstructing McConnell’s leadership.

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From his official Twitter account, President Trump tweeted a doctored image of a campaign slogan for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who recently announced she will run against Trump in 2020. The tweet appears to reference — and mock — Warren’s distant Native American heritage.

Warren later responded to the tweet, telling NBC News that Trump should maybe spend “his time getting the government back open.”

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During an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) repeatedly asked the President why he wouldn’t accept a deal from Democrats to reopen the government while both sides negotiate on funding for the border wall. President Trump demurred before finally admitting he would “look foolish” if he compromised.

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