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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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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A Florida judge has ordered George Zimmerman released from jail while awaiting trial in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin if he is able to post a $1 million bond, according to multiple reports.

Zimmerman was ordered back to jail last month after the judge decided he violated terms of his bond the last time he was released.

A federal judge has ordered the New York Post's top editor to answer questions about how his boss, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, reacted to a cartoon that depicted President Obama as a dead chimpanzee.

The order came last week in a lawsuit filed by former Post employee Sandra Guzman, who accused the newspaper and editor Col Allan of racial discrimination and harassment. It was first reported late Tuesday by Reuters.

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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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