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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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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The GOP put out a tweet this afternoon telling people to vote in the New Jersey special Senate election on the wrong day.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this afternoon he shares Majority Leader Harry Reid's optimism that a deal can be reached.

Harry Reid says he hopes to have a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling before this afternoon's meeting at the White House.

The man who wants to turn a tiny North Dakota town into an Aryan paradise has found some reinforcements. A white supremacist skinhead, his wife, and their five children have apparently moved to the town.

The troublesome tech startup Waywire, which was co-founded by Democratic Senate candidate Cory Booker, is being sold off. He recently left the company amid questions about his role there.