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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Hello TPM members and welcome to the weekend!

Later today my colleagues and I will be tracking the results of Nevada’s caucus. The process of participating in the nominating contest will look similar to Iowa, which has us all a little stressed.

Follow along with our live coverage here and let us know — who are you placing your bet on? (Sorry.)

As always, thanks for being a TPM member. Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • Catch up on the latest in the world of voting rights and voting rights violations here.
  • In light of the DOJ sentencing reversal for Stone, Josh Kovensky digs into what other cases might be in danger of political interference.
  • John Light highlights a story from 2013 when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pushed President Barack Obama on Social Security.
  • Here’s why Barr’s intervention in the Stone sentencing ended up meaning nothing.
  • Two readers write in (here and here) about a possible contested convention.


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Stone sentenced: About a week after the Justice Department engaged in some highly unprecedented behavior surrounding the Roger Stone case, the former associate and confidant to President Trump was sentenced for lying to Congress about Wikileaks-related matters during its Russia probe. Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Stone to 40 months — just over three years — in prison, along with 24 months of supervised release and a $20,000 fine.

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There’s got to be something going on behind the scenes here.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) has been a bulldog for President Trump from his perch on the House Judiciary Committee for months, most notably with his aggressive defense of the President throughout the impeachment inquiry. Trump rewarded his loyalty by floating to reporters Thursday night that the lawmakers is among the candidates he’s considering to become director of national intelligence.

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