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: More Proof Red States Welcoming Federal Vaccine Help Prime Badge
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Austerity be damned in the age of COVID-19.

That’s the messaging from at least one Republican governor who just this morning said that being fiscally responsible at this point no longer matters as the nation reels from more than 400,000 COVID-19 deaths and an economy on life-support.

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Where Things Stand: Easier To Coup Prime Badge
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On an election night where the President thought things were going well, Arizona quickly stood out as a sore spot.

Not only did Trump hope to win the state, it was his once-beloved Fox News that called Arizona for Biden first. Trump was reportedly irate and tried to pressure the cable news network to reverse the call.

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Where Things Stand: Hill Staffers And Members Linger In Fear Together Prime Badge
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just made a stunning and pointed remark about the very real fears that House members are facing regarding security of the Capitol in the aftermath of the insurrection: “the enemy is within the House of Representatives.”

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Where Things Stand: The McConnell-Trump Judicial Scheme Is Already Harming Biden Prime Badge
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The Senate minority leader may be trying to distance himself from former President Trump now. But the damage has already been done.

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Where Things Stand: A Think Tank For Trumpism Prime Badge
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While the broader GOP weighs just how much distance to put between itself and Trump, some of the former president’s most loyal political allies are working to cement his ideological influence in politics.

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Where Things Stand: How Will Ohio Swing Post-Trump? Prime Badge
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News of Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) retirement could be grounds for the latest reassessment of the historically-purple-but-lately-pretty-red state.

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Where Things Stand: There’s A Reason Trump’s Impeachment Lawyer Sounds Familiar Prime Badge
Gov. Nikki Haley's attorney Butch Bowers addresses the S.C. House Ethics committee during day one of the committee's investigation into Gov. Nikki Haley at the Solomon Blatt Building in Columbia, South Carolina, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (C. Aluka Berry/The State/MCT)

Remember Mark Sanford? If you were a Golden Duke: Duke of Dukes voter this last time around, you most certainly will.

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Where Things Stand: The One Year Anniversary Of The First Reported US COVID Case Prime Badge
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One year ago today the CDC announced the first case of COVID-19 in the United States.

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Where Things Stand: It Begins Prime Badge
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Most of us weren’t going to believe it until we saw it.

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