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

Articles by Nick

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson denied being on any medications when officers found him barely conscious in the driver's seat of his Lexus following a bizarre series of car crashes last month in Southern California.

The investigation that followed, however, found Bryson, 68, had the sleep drug Ambien in his system. Prosecutors later said it was unclear whether the drug played a role in the collisions.

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The woman said she was lying in bed, reading a book when she heard a commotion outside. Turning off the bedroom light, she grabbed her phone to call the police and peered into the darkness where she saw two men struggling on the ground.

In the raft of evidence made public Thursday in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the woman appears to be the closest thing prosecutors have to an eyewitness in their second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman.

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George Zimmerman tried to buy more guns in the weeks after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to reports released on Thursday morning by prosecutors in his second-degree murder case.

A gun seller told investigators that Zimmerman contacted him in the weeks after the killing drew international attention and told the seller he believed his life was in danger. The reports aren't clear whether Zimmerman was successful at buying more guns, but they show that police found a folding knife, an FN Herstal pistol and three loaded 5.7x28mm magazines on him when he turned himself into authorities on April 11.

George Zimmerman was estranged from his parents after years of physical abuse by his mother, one of his friends told Florida investigators who were looking into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The friend, whose name was not released but who was identified as a former Seminole County sheriff's deputy, said he knew Zimmerman for years before the shooting and had presided over Zimmerman's wedding. His statement was included in a huge raft of evidence made public by prosecutors on Thursday morning.

Zimmerman's parents have since come to their son's defense and told authorities it was Zimmerman voice, not Martin's, that could be heard crying for help on a 911 recording. His parents could not be located Thursday for comment.

Trayvon Martin's cousin told investigators in May that he would swear "on a stack of Bibles" it was his cousin's voice that could be heard crying for help on 911 recordings of the killing.

The unidentified cousin talked to investigators with special prosecutor Angela Corey's office, telling them that he hung out with Martin the day before the killing and everything seemed fine. A summary of the interview was included in a huge stack of new evidence released on Thursday morning by the office as part of its case against Martin's killer, George Zimmerman.

The wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday that she's "hopeful" doctors will talk about her husband's medical problems with the public soon. The statement came as the mystery builds about what prompted Jackson to take a leave of absence last month.

"I'm hopeful that my husband’s doctors will be able to release something soon," Jackson's wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, told the newspaper. "I'm in constant talks with them about Jesse’s condition and his medical prognosis going forward."

The photo surfaced three weeks ago at the bottom of a federal indictment that charged some small time Los Angeles area politicians with taking bribes.

It featured a woman in a nightclub wearing a short dress, brandishing a pair of handguns and proudly showing off a shiny, official-looking badge on her chest.

Now the photo has become a serious embarrassment for the sheriff of Los Angeles County, whose department has been handing out hundreds of such badges to local politicians for years.

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By all accounts, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has disappeared. His fellow members of the Illinois delegation don't seem to know where he is. The people who do, like his wife and his staff, aren't saying.

The mystery has been growing ever since the Democrat's office announced on June 25 that he was taking medical leave for "exhaustion." The days that followed have been dotted by vague and sometimes anonymous statements to the media that hinted something more serious might be at play.

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As he and another man chased down the driver who just hit their car and sped away, the man spoke urgently to a police dispatcher on the other end of the line: "We have a drunk driver that just hit us and fled!"

There was no way to know then that the person they were chasing was U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson or that the incident would later end the secretary's term in President Obama's cabinet.

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George Zimmerman is staying at a safe house in Seminole County, Fla. while he awaits trail on second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, his defense team said on Sunday.

Zimmerman left jail Friday after posting a $1 million bond. Under the terms of his bail, the judge ordered him to remain in Seminole County and wear an electronic monitoring device. His defense team said Zimmerman, who faced death threats following the killing, is being guarded by a security team he hired.