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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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Further distancing itself from former White House aide Omaraosa Manigault Newman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders chalked up the former aide’s recent comments to just another “disgruntled” former aide with a “lack of character.”

Sanders has previously claimed that Manigault Newman’s new book — where she details her tenure in the West Wing — is “riddled with lies and false accusations.”

“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.”

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Fresh off the adrenaline of several Republican wins on Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump — or “your favorite President!” — took a moment to brag about his dubious prediction of an impending “giant Red Wave!”

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The firm that employed Paul Manafort’s former accountant, Cindy Laporta, has fired Laporta and launched an internal investigation into her conduct after she provided witness testimony in the case against Manafort last week, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

In her testimony, Laporta told the court she knew that Manafort’s tax returns contained false information, but she filed them anyway, out of fear of legal retaliation from Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates.

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Freshly booted from several social media platforms and online streaming services, far-right conspiracy theorist and propagandist Alex Jones is on the fundraising circuit, desperately asking fans to buy his diet supplements and comparing his misinformation show, Infowars, to the Alamo.

“We knew this was coming,” Mr. Jones said on his broadcast on Monday, flagged by the New York Times. “They tried to break all the Republicans, persecute people. Trump broke through their bullying and lies. We stood beside him, and now they want to take out the press from under him, and they want to use me as the distorted poster child to do it. They think you’re weak.”

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The Republican congressman — whose signs a California man named Surjit Malhi was posting when he was violently attacked last week — has called the assault a “shameful” “act of hatred.”

“Hate crimes have no place in our society,” Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) said in a statement his campaign sent to TPM. “The people responsible for this reprehensible act of hatred must be brought to justice. Surjit is a respected leader in our community and a proud American.”

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