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.

Articles by Nichole

The battle’s on.

After Kellyanne Conway accused Rep.-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — without mentioning her name — of tweeting a “slur” about White House chief of staff John Kelly and diminishing her intelligence on Fox News Tuesday, the soon-to-be congresswoman shot back, suggesting Conway has been “engaged in a war on facts” since President Trump took office.

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President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen told the court before his sentencing on Wednesday that he took “full responsibility” for each of the crimes he pleaded guilty to last month.

“I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to: The personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America,” he said, according to CNN.

“Fox and Friends” hosts broke from their usual pandering to administration officials and pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the administration’s response to the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday morning.

But the State Department head refused to break with the administration’s stance on the murder, despite calls from Republican lawmakers to hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for his role in the killing.

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