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.

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A Facebook and Twitter campaign for a “Dry Alabama,” that gained traction during the Alabama Senate race last year, appeared to have been run by religious supporters of then-candidate Roy Moore.

But, according to a new New York Times report, it was created and maintained by Democrats and other progressive activists who hoped tying Moore to efforts to invoke an alcohol ban across the state would hurt his standing with moderate Republicans.

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During an interview with “60 Minutes,” freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) apologized to Donald Trump Jr. if he felt “threatened” over her Twitter joke about her upcoming subpoenaing power.

“Well, if he felt genuinely threatened by me, I apologize,” she said, when asked if the tweet was an overreach of her power. “But I think that frankly, it’s legal advice that any person would give him.”

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After arriving back in Washington Sunday evening, President Trump told reporters that his team had given up the idea of securing funding for a concrete barrier and instead would be embracing steel — the “less obtrusive, stronger” and “beautiful” product — moving forward in wall funding negotiations.

“I informed my folks to say that we’ll build a steel barrier. Steel. It’ll be made out of steel. It’ll be less obtrusive, and it’ll be stronger,” he said. “But it’ll be less obtrusive, stronger, and we’re able to use our great companies to make it, by using steel. … They don’t like concrete, so we’ll give them steel. Steel is fine. Steel is actually — steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look beautiful and it’s very strong. It’s actually stronger.”

Trump later tweeted about the development as well. Entering the seventeenth day of the government shutdown that Trump prompted with his demands for border wall funding in a government spending bill, both sides appear less-than-optimistic about the prospects of reaching an agreement. Democrats have proposed bills that would open the government while negotiations continue, but Trump’s team is obstinate; dead-set on securing cash for the wall.

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After Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Cabinet sat down for a meeting with congressional staffers on Saturday to try to negotiate a compromise on President Trump’s border wall funding demands, the President — who was not part of the meeting — tweeted that very little had been accomplished.

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The news media who cover President Trump are no longer just the “fake news” or the “enemy of the people.”

Trump, in a pair of tweets on Saturday, coined a new term for the reporters who don’t slather him with positive coverage: the “opposition party.”

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