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

Articles by Nick

President Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing this afternoon to talk about the Trayvon Martin case. He said he wanted to put it in a larger context, and talked a lot about race in America. We'll have more on it soon. But the key quote right off the bat went beyond even what he said last year when he described the unarmed Florida teenager, who was shot and killed in a nighttime confrontation with a volunteer neighborhood watchman, as someone who could have been his son.

"Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama said.

Update: Here's video of Obama's comments.

Almost lost in the news of these past few months has been the scandal in Virginia involving Gov. Bob McDonnell. TPM's Eric Lach takes a look here at the governor's former chef, who's been stirring the pot and talking to federal investigators about his ex-boss' behavior.

Turns out Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has a pretty decent singing voice. Here he is singing the national anthem today at a Washington Nationals ball game.

There's a report now that South Africa's Nelson Mandela is in a "permanent vegetative state" and doctors have advised his family to take him off live support.

Taiwanese animators take on Rasmussen's racism poll. It is, of course, ridiculous.

She's conservative. She's backed by the gun lobby. She's trying to unseat Colorado's state Senate president. But Jaxine Bubis is also, it turns out, the author of an "erotic romance" novel. Check out this book cover.

Remember back in 2010 when immigration hardliners were a special type of rock star in conservative circles? Ever wonder where they are now? TPM's Eric Lach found a number of those one-time stars that have since been jailed, recalled, disgraced or otherwise diminished in some way. Here's the accounting.