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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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Happy Tuesday, January 14. In the last two days, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took some shots at her longtime Senate ally Bernie Sanders (I-VT), accusing the Vermont senator of directing his volunteers to “trash” her and confirming he once told her a woman could not win the Democratic nomination. The Sanders campaign has vehemently denied the allegations. Is this a sign of a broader rift between the two comrades or just the ebb and flow of a Democratic primary? Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following:

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Happy Monday, January 13. NBC News reported Monday morning that President Trump had been plotting the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani for at least six months prior to the attack, a development that puts renewed scrutiny on the administration’s “imminent” threat rationale for the strike. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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This week in impeachment

A diversion? The fallout from President Trump’s decision to assassinate a top Iranian military official last week lingered in full force this week, capturing much of the media’s attention and nearly — but not entirely — sidelining developments on the impeachment front. The Trump administration has claimed it conducted the strike based on intelligence that an attack on Americans was “imminent,” but has since moved the goalposts on that rationale and has refused to reveal any details about the intelligence since the attack.

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Happy Friday, January 10. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Thursday evening that he doesn’t plan to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton for testimony before an impending Senate impeachment trial. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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Happy Thursday, January 9. A House Democrat signaled earlier this morning that there might be an element of restlessness swelling within House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) caucus over her prolonged possession of the articles of impeachment. Hours later, he walked it back. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following today.

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As it broadcast live footage of bombings in Baghdad throughout much of 2003 and cheered the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, Fox News Channel’s ratings skyrocketed above other cable outlets, climbing through the peak combat phase of the Iraq War. In retrospect, the then-Roger Ailes-led network has been widely credited with equating American patriotism with support for a pro-military, strength-through-power ideology and planting it firmly into its viewers’ psyche.

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