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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

Articles by Nick

Like many conservatives, Matt Davis, the former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, was upset that the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's health care law on Thursday.

But unlike those who simply saw it as a rallying cry to elect more conservatives in November, Davis wants to know whether an "armed rebellion" will be necessary to overturn the law.

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Seven years before the Supreme Court changed the nature of campaign spending as we know it, a New York philanthropy began making massive donations to an arm of one of the most influential conservative forces in American politics.

The gifts, eventually totaling about $19 million, went little noticed at the time.

But now, a source familiar with the matter tells TPM, some of those donations are the focus of an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that could shed light on the growing and largely untamed role tax-exempt groups are playing in politics.

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George Zimmerman's credibility might be hurting at the moment, but records released to the public on Tuesday show he passed a pair of lie detector tests in February just a day after killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The tests were part of a new round of evidence made public by the office of Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman in April with second degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and said he was acting in self defense when he shot and killed the teen.

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Florida prosecutors announced this morning they expect at about 1 p.m. today to release more evidence in the case against George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

A spokeswoman for special prosecutor Angela Corey's office said the evidence is expected to include audio and video recordings as well as written statements from Zimmerman and the police.

For years, civil rights groups in the Phoenix area have been battling a sheriff who made it his goal to arrest as many people on immigration violations as he could, even as it came at the cost of solving more serious crimes.

Now those same groups are preparing for what they expect will be a flood of new problems as cops throughout the state jump into the fray following Monday's Supreme Court ruling that gave them a green light to enforce one of the toughest parts of Arizona's immigration law, SB1070.

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The man who killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin wants to walk free from jail again.

In a motion made public on Monday morning, George Zimmerman's attorney asked Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to trust his client enough to grant him bail just weeks after ordering him back behind bars for lying to the court.

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Federal prosecutors had at least two chances to go after white supremacist militia leader JT Ready in the months before he went on a rampage in an Arizona suburb, killing four others and then himself. Yet Ready was not arrested or charged with a crime.

Documents obtained by TPM on Thursday through a public records request show border agents sent at least two cases to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix after the agents came across Ready and his men, armed and detaining immigrants in the middle of the desert.

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In a never-before-seen statement written by George Zimmerman on the night he killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the neighborhood watchman told police he was walking back to his vehicle when the teen "emerged from the darkness," punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and started slamming his head into the sidewalk.

"I unholstered my firearm in fear for my life as he had assured me he was going to kill me and fired one shot into his torso," Zimmerman wrote. "The suspect sat back allowing me to sit up and said 'you got me.'"

The statement is just one of several Zimmerman gave to police and that were released to the public on Thursday morning by his defense team. Read it here:

George Zimmerman Written Statement

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