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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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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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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