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Past articles by Nicole:

Where Things Stand: Some Republicans Secretly Hope Jan 6 Hearings Make Trump Unelectable

Bon courage! Some members of the party that hasn't managed to figure out how to stiffen its spine in the face of Donald Trump for seven years are apparently… → Read More

Where Things Stand: It Was A ‘Movement’ Alright

Republicans have been putting in a lot of work today to convince you, before the Jan. 6 committee has even spoken a word this evening, that the findings are all… → Read More

Where Things Stand: Republicans Said A Lot Of Very Dumb Stuff About Guns Today

We've been covering Republicans' various deflection strategies (if you can even call them strategies) on addressing gun reform in the wake of the latest mass shootings in the U.S. for a few weeks. → Read More

Where Things Stand: Dems Compare Fox To Russian TV For Not Airing Jan 6 Hearings Live

Fox News couldn't possibly cut off its star attraction. Tucker Carlson's show airs from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET. The Jan. 6 committee hearing's debut on Thursday begins at 8 as well. It' → Read More

In Milo’s Hiring As MTG’s Intern, Viral Cruelty Remains The Point

Yes, on its face, it is pathetic and entertaining that the once-relevant, 37-year-old far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos has been hired as an UNPAID intern for… → Read More

From ‘Doors’ To Abortion, GOP Blames Anything But Gun Laws For Mass Shootings

In the wake of three recent mass shootings in America in the last two weeks, Republicans are once again showing their collective ass, deploying a litany of… → Read More

Anti-Abortion Activists Have Been Collecting Data That Could Be Used Post-Roe For Years

A recent report from MIT Technology Review sheds light on the ways in which anti-abortion activists have collected data on-site at abortion clinics over the… → Read More

Where Things Stand: Destroying Docs In Shady Ways Was Apparently A Fixture Of The Trump WH

We already know a bunch of details about ex-President Trump's proclivity for ripping papers into tiny shreds after he was finished reading them during his… → Read More

Where Things Stand: The Dark, Familiar Parallels Found In The NRA Response To Columbine

Just a few days after gunmen entered Columbine High School in 1999 and murdered 13 students and adults, the National Rifle Association found itself in a situation darkly similar to what we' → Read More

Irate Biden Demands Reform: ‘When In God’s Name’ Will We ‘Stand Up To The Gun Lobby’

President Biden began his national address with a deep breath, a heavy sigh. In his remarks to the country following yet another mass shooting, the President seemed to be balancing two raw emotions… → Read More

Where Things Stand: Abbott Says 14 Children And One Teacher Killed In School Shooting

Just days after New York state was rocked by a devastating mass shooting in Buffalo where 10 people were killed by a white gunman, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R)… → Read More

Trans Issues May Be GOP’s Next Evangelical Energizing Vehicle

For weeks we've been watching Republicans squirm to find a messaging balance. The party as a whole is attempting to walk a bizarre tightrope as leaders try to downplay Republicans' → Read More

Where Things Stand: Trump Just Wants His Own Mini-Me

When Donald Trump looks at Dr. Oz, he sees himself. (He probably sees his own reflection in the glint in everyone's eye, but …) Mehmet Oz is super close to… → Read More

Where Things Stand: Schumer Asks Fox To Put A Stop To Some Of Tucker’s Rampant Racism

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reached out to Tucker Carlson, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch and other top Fox executives personally to ask them to stop… → Read More

Most Americans Don’t Want SCOTUS To Do What SCOTUS Is About To Do

New polling conducted by NBC News has found that American opposition to overturning Roe v. Wade is at a record high. The poll was conducted after the draft… → Read More

Pence Joins Parade Of GOPers Bucking Trump To Support Kemp

Republicans who aren't named Donald Trump see the value in an incumbent. Just 10 days out from the Republican gubernatorial primaries in Georgia, incumbent Gov. → Read More

Where Things Stand: Some Updates On Those Impending Jan 6 Panel Hearings

When the Jan. 6 select committee begins holding hearings on their investigative findings in about one month, we may see video testimony from some members of the… → Read More

Where Things Stand: Taking The Bait

There's an argument to be made that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) et al. knew what they were getting themselves into; the wrath from Trump their little musketeers-ing might evoke. → Read More

Where Things Stand: Does DeSantis Want A Treat Or Something At This Point?

Sure, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), go ahead and take home the trophy for passing the most outrageous/bizarre/problematic anti-education laws of all the red state governors in the land, if that' → Read More

Schumer Claims Biden’s Leaning His Way On Student Debt Cancellation

There's not a ton to make of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) remarks from the Senate floor today — when he suggested that President Biden is "moving in our direction" → Read More