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: The Long Lost Briefing
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After her predecessor rounded out her tenure as White House press secretary without holding a single press briefing, Kayleigh McEnany will hold one of those now-rare Q&A’s with reporters from the White House podium today. Read More

Where Things Stand: You Know He’s In The Doghouse
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, walks on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brad Parscale

Three different outlets published their own version of the same story: President Trump is not happy with his campaign manager Brad Parscale.

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Where Things Stand: Workers Without A Choice
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Risk your health to return to work or lose your unemployment benefits.

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Where Things Stand: More Reports That Trump Was Warned

There have been dozens of news reports in recent weeks suggesting President Trump was warned about the dire circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic around the same time that he was downplaying the spread publicly.

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Where Things Stand: Mark Meadows’ ‘Biggest Concern’
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In what appears to be an attempt to contradict a recent report in the New York Times — that President Trump spends his days eating french fries and obsessing over the TV — newly minted chief-of-staff Mark Meadows told the New York Post this weekend that his “biggest concern” as a top White House official is making sure Trump eats lunch.

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Where Things Stand: How Will We Even Begin To Explain This?
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I think we all may be very numb at this point. If you’re not already, I am sure you will soon join the cynics.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Forced To Butt Heads
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Reopen, but not like that.

While it took some goading, President Trump criticized his friend and fellow Republican Brian Kemp on Wednesday evening for his plan to push businesses in his state to reopen, a move that the President has been hyping for weeks.

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Where Things Stand: Now The Trump Org Wants Equal Treatment
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They’ll have what everyone else is having.

Eric Trump, who is overseeing the operations of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. while his father is president, has requested the same rent relief from the General Services Administration that other federally owned buildings are getting while the nation grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Where Things Stand: What Does Trump’s Immigration Tweet Mean?
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Beyond perpetuating his own political objective, President Trump’s latest Twitter announcement on temporary immigration action likely won’t bring much substantial change to policies or programs his administration has already halted in the wake of the pandemic.

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Where Things Stand: Rick Gates Also Hopes To Avoid COVID-19 Spread In Jail

The pandemic and the Russia probe have collided, in more ways than one.

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