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 fact that a Senate, that just months ago held a contentious impeachment trial, was able to pass any sort of spending bill — let alone a $2 trillion one — by unanimous consent is jaw-dropping enough.

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Even as President Trump and his White House task force have shifted their tone to a more grave note in recent days, some Republicans continue to downplay the spread of the virus.

The stances vacillate somewhere between an adherence to harmful conspiracies about COVID-19 and a refusal to put outbreak preventions ahead of the economy.

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This is the most action the White House press briefing room has seen in at least a year, if not longer.

President Trump and his coronavirus task force are holding another press briefing this morning; a near-daily event this week that may soon become standard as the U.S. continues to ward off COVID-19 spread.

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At least one Senate Republican is still trafficking in Biden-Ukraine conspiracies: Earlier this week, Senate Homeland Security Committee chair Ron Johnson (R-WI) abruptly cancelled the vote to subpoena Ukrainian Andrii Telizhenko, a consultant with Blue Star, a D.C. lobbying firm that worked for Burisma. Burisma is, of course, the Ukrainian gas company that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden sat on briefly while his father was veep. Hunter Biden’s existence on that board has fueled a plethora of conspiracy theories, including the work Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine while trying to force the government to investigate the Bidens.

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