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

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.

George Zimmerman walked out of a Florida jail a free man on Friday afternoon after coming up with $100,000 for his bail.

A Seminole County sheriff's spokeswoman said the man charged with second degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin left the jail at 2:49 p.m. ET wearing an electronic monitor that will track his every move.

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George Zimmerman's legal team announced Friday that his supporters donated $20,000 to his defense fund since a judge granted him bail a day earlier.

Despite the blitz, the man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin still sits in a Florida jail while his team works out the details of his release.

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George Zimmerman left a Florida jail on Friday afternoon after posting a $1 million bond. Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith confirmed to TPM that he left the jail at 2:49 p.m. ET.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Apparently $200,000 wasn't enough for George Zimmerman.

The man accused of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin put out a plea late Thursday for supporters to send even more money to help bail him out of jail and pay for his attorneys.

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In the eyes of a Florida judge, George Zimmerman is a liar and manipulator who was likely planning to flee from prosecution earlier this year.

But Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said on Thursday that the law still forces him to grant the man bail again while awaiting trial for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The judge's comments came in a scathing eight-page order that gave Zimmerman a $1 million bond but made it clear Lester has little reason to trust him after what happened the last time he was released from jail.

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It turns out it wasn't that hard to get into the VIP program at home loan giant Countrywide Financial if you worked on Capitol Hill before the mortgage crisis.

All you had to do was complain about your loan to the company's lobbyist.

A report released Thursday by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee detailed how the now defunct mortgage company allegedly attempted to buy influence in Washington, D.C. by giving members of Congress, their staffs and other government workers discounted home loans.

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