Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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There were a lot of great moments during Utah Attorney General John Swallow's (R) announcement that he was resigning amid scandal, but the first quote in this story really was the best.

We'll have more soon on what turned out to be a pretty defiant press conference. In the meantime, here's the breaking news: Utah's Republican attorney general has announced his resignation, citing the scandal that has plagued him for months.

This scandal in Utah has been simmering for months. Now it looks like it's going to bring down Republican Attorney General John Swallow. Local newspapers are reporting he is expected to resign before the week's end.

After pleading guilty to cocaine possession, Rep. Trey Radel's big announcement tonight was that he's taking a leave of absence from Congress and getting treatment for what he described as "this disease."

Before he was busted with cocaine, Rep. Trey Radel used to post Facebook photos of himself partying around the world.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) invited a stranger to his home last month to do coke. The catch? That stranger was an undercover cop.

Meet Joe Olivo. He's part of a conservative business group that sued to try to stop Obamacare. Yet lots of news outlets keep portraying him as a regular ol' business owner, including in stories about Obamacare, without mentioning the group.

You might have heard that last month that the famous British street artist Banksy stealthily gave one of his paintings -- an image of a Nazi officer enjoying a serene mountain landscape -- to a charity in New York City that fights homelessness and AIDS. It was a nice gesture and a celebrated move, and the charity immediately auctioned off the painting to help its cause. The winning bid came in at $615,000.

Well, now there's been a twist -- or two. I won't spoil it, but suffice to say the auction fell apart, and then the situation got even stranger. Check out this exclusive report from TPM's Catherine Thompson.

There was plenty of bogus information that surfaced earlier this year when Congress considered expanding background checks on people who want to buy guns. But among the most persistent has been that a bill that was debated in the Senate would have created a national registry of gun owners.

The theory was so bogus that even Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) acknowledged at the time that the bill being debated had no such provision. In fact, it made it a felony to do so.

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