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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

The lawyer for the man accused of killing unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin announced on Tuesday a former IRS agent has been hired to oversee his client's defense fund.

Last week, attorney Mark O'Mara revealed that his client, George Zimmerman, managed to raise more than $200,000 in just a few weeks using a crudely built website and a PayPal account to take donations for his defense in a case that has drawn international attention.

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The secret source that legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein referred to as a "mystic" in their investigation that brought down President Nixon turns out to have been a grand juror who spoke to them in a likely violation of the law.

The revelation came out on Sunday when one of Woodward's former research assistants published an article for New York Magazine, poking holes in a tale that seemed to have been a cemented part of journalistic lore.

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You probably have never heard of New Mexico politician Michael Wiener. Neither had a Seattle photographer when he ran into him one night last month in a Philippines sex district.

Wiener was spending time in the Angeles City red light district when he apparently stopped a photographer on the street to take a picture of him posing with a quartet of scantily clad women in an area well known as a hub of prostitution.

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It may seem at times like the investigations into Sheriff Joe Arpaio are endless. In the past four years, he and some of his closest aides have been the subject of at least five investigations into accusations that they became corrupted by the power and perks of the office.

Throughout it all, his aides have fallen, but the Arizona lawman remains untouched. Two investigations cleared him outright, one stalled and was transferred to another agency and two more have dragged on as officials in Washington, D.C. decide whether to act. Meanwhile, Arpaio continues to taunt his pursuers.

More recently, a disciplinary panel in Arizona that was looking into allegations against one of Arpaio's allies said there was evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt" to show that the sheriff participated in a federal crime in December 2009. Still, Arpaio, 79, remains a player in the Republican Party and continues to run for office, aiming for his sixth term as sheriff this year.

Understandably, it might be hard for a casual observer to keep all the investigations straight. TPM has compiled this guide to the many investigations and what resulted from them. It shows that Arpaio has been a target for years, but that he also has given political and financial help to some of the very people who cleared him or shelved investigations.

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Two current and two former Los Angeles International Airport screeners with the Transportation Security Administration were arrested and charged with taking bribes to look the other way while drug shipments passed through x-ray machines, federal officials announced on Wednesday.

The four were indicted on Sunday along with three alleged drug runners, who prosecutors said brought cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana through the airport checkpoints.

The payments that were allegedly made were $2,400 or less, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

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