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 Sycophancy Continues
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Members of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force are increasingly adopting a new default when they don’t have a satisfying answer to inquiries about COVID-19: Awkwardly pivot to praise President Trump.

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Where Things Stand: Biden Seizes On Trump’s Shortcomings
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We’ve been told to expect something presidential.

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Where Things Stand: Dem Lawmakers Prep To Ask Trump For National Emergency
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters following the Senate Democrats weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Democratic leadership criticized President Trumps response to the spread of the coronavirus and pushed for relief for individuals that may have to miss work from being quarantined. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chuck Schumer

TPM exclusively reported yesterday that the state of Washington has discussed applying for a Medicaid waiver that would expand the state’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, but it needs a national emergency declaration from President Trump in order to do so. The Trump administration has thus far withheld making such a move.

This morning, a Senate Democratic aide confirmed to TPM that a group of lawmakers, including a Washington senator, are preparing to ask the Trump administration to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus.

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Where Things Stand: It’s The Less Super Tuesday

Voters in five states will head to the polls today to choose between the two candidates still hacking it out for the Democratic nomination.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Greets Supporters In FL … With A Handshake
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There have been plenty of reports that President Trump is a bit of germaphobe (who also has a fear of being poisoned).

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