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

In response to speculation that President Trump may be mulling a pardon for Paul Manafort — after it was revealed he lied to special counsel Robert Mueller and reportedly met with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders she was “not aware” of conversations about “anyone’s pardons.”

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Just hours before polls close in Mississippi’s runoff Senate election between Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) and Democrat Mike Espy, another corporation is severing its ties with Hyde-Smith, who has been widely criticized for joking about attending a “public hanging.”

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President Trump had a simple suggestion for General Motors, which is looking to lay off thousands of works and possibly put plants up for closure in order to focus on the production of electronic vehicles: “Make a better car.”

During an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Trump expanded on his irritation with the company’s plan, which could prove to be politically detrimental for him in several key Midwestern states.

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Since Nikki Haley announced she would leave her coveted post as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by the end of the year, speculation over who President Trump will tap to replace her has swelled.

Before the midterms, aides advised him to pick a woman, for optics. But it appears Trump is veering from that counsel.

Here’s a list of names Trump has reportedly considered after Dina Powell, a former deputy national security advisor and current Goldman Sachs executive, rejected the offer. She was reportedly Trump’s top pick at the time.

  • John James, a Michigan businessman who launched an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Heather Nauert, ex-Fox News reporter and current Justice Department spokeswoman
  • U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell
  • his daughter, Ivanka Trump
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Jamie McCourt, the U.S. ambassador to France
  • Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Foundation
  • ex-New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
  • Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada
  • Kay Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO

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