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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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Updated: July 3, 2012, 5:28 PM

A report released on Tuesday revealed that former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson was driving with a small amount of the sleep drug Ambien in his system when he was involved in multiple collisions in Southern California last month.

Despite that, prosecutors declined to charge Bryson with any crimes, saying it was not clear the drug had anything to do with the bizarre June 9 collisions and that a seizure was more likely to blame.

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A medical report made public on Tuesday shows George Zimmerman had a broken nose, cuts to the back of his head and joint pain but was otherwise healthy the day after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February.

The 28-year-old complained of pain and occasional nausea from thinking about the killing, the report said. But he was at the doctor's office in Altamonte Springs, Fla., because his boss told him he would need a medical note to return to work.

"He was told that he had a broken nose and denies being taken to the hospital," the report said. "He then returned to work and was told he needed a police report and medical clearance to return to work."

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Police in Southern California have asked prosecutors to charge former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson with a crime because of a bizarre series of car crashes he was involved in last month, a detective said on Tuesday morning.

Los Angeles County sheriff's detective Don Moses told TPM that investigators sent the case to prosecutors on Monday and recommended the former cabinet official be charged in the June 9 crashes.

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The mammoth drug maker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay a record $3 billion fraud settlement with the Justice Department in a deal announced Monday about the way the company marketed and sold some of its most popular drugs.

The company pleaded guilty to three crimes and agreed to hand over $1 billion for how it marketed the antidepressants Wellbutrin and Paxil and for failing to report some data to the FDA for the diabetes drug Avandia.

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A Florida judge made no ruling on Friday about whether George Zimmerman should be released from jail again while he awaits trial for the second degree murder trial in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., said he would make his decision at a later time.

George Zimmerman was "always polite and courteous" the last time he was out out of jail on bond, his court-appointed monitor testified on Friday morning.

The man accused of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin always followed court orders and was never caught with any drugs, alcohol or guns around him, Seminole County, Fla., probation officer Adam Vincent testified.

Zimmerman's attorneys are using the testimony to try to convince the judge to release their client from jail again despite some other problems he had the last time he was released.

A forensic accountant testified on Friday morning that he believed George Zimmerman and his wife weren't trying to deceive authorities by making an unusual series of bank transfers just under $10,000 in April.

Accountant Adam Magill, who was hired by Zimmerman's defense team, said the unusual amounts were transferred because PayPal, where the money originated, limited transfers to $10,000 or less.

While Colorado burns, conservatives have looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.

Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal now say a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs can be blamed on the president because he has been too slow to spend money to beef up the federal fleet of air tankers.

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