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: They’re Really Sticking With The ‘Anarchist Cities’ Thing Prime Badge
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Yesterday, President Trump tweeted a disingenuous rallying cry to residents of states like New York, California and Illinois — messaging that won’t do much for him in the relatively blue states that are home to some of country’s largest deep blue cities.

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Where Things Stand: Kicking Up Dust Around The Debate Prime Badge
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We’re not convinced President Trump will pull himself out of the debate on Thursday. But we’re not convinced he won’t either.

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Where Things Stand: Cornyn’s Taking Notes Prime Badge
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The self-preservation expectation-setting is spreading.

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Where Things Stand: Conveniently Sasse-y Prime Badge
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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 15: Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., left, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., attend the Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting on Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett in Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday, October 15, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) should’ve learned from Jeff Flake.

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Where Things Stand: The Only Time The Deficit Matters Prime Badge
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For the GOP, clinging to austerity is a task employed only when it’s most convenient. Or most desperate.

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Where Things Stand: The Great Unmasking Dud Prime Badge
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President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The New York Times)

There’s a reason this came out through the media rather than some official DOJ press release.

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Where Things Stand: Choosing Between Covering A Sitting POTUS And Reporters’ Health Prime Badge
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The nation’s top news outlets are no strangers to the task of weighing how to cover this unprecedented president. Over the last few years, they’ve wrestled with how to avoid both-siderism, what to do with his distraction techniques, and whether or not to fact-check the blustering, evidence-free speaker.

But now newsroom leaders are facing a new challenge with President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: How do they justify risking reporters’ lives in order to cover the public health-defying campaign?

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Where Things Stand: Trump Uses COVID Diagnosis To Lean Into Every Trumpian Tendency Ever Prime Badge
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In one of his most reality TV star-in-chief moves yet, President Trump is going to be examined by a physician on Friday night in a segment that will be broadcast exclusively by Fox News.

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Where Things Stand: Different Standards Are McConnell’s Favorite Cop-Out Prime Badge
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The Senate majority leader’s hazy statements distancing himself from the administration’s missteps are a staple of his leadership in the Trump era.

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Where Things Stand: A Real Debate This Time? Prime Badge

There’s already been some spicy commentary from both the Pence and Harris teams about respect for COVID-19 rules in tonight’s debate. And some weak plexiglass concession from the vice president’s side.

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