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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

If what his colleagues in the Arizona statehouse say is true, Rep. Daniel Patterson might be the most feared politician in the state.

But it's not his politics they say they fear. It's his angry, threat-filled outbursts that they say are becoming all too normal. One such outburst managed to rattle a fellow lawmaker enough that she says she now sleeps with a weapon at her bedside — just in case.

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A 50-year-old man with a long criminal record has been charged with two federal crimes in the weekend bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin.

Francis Gerald Grady was charged on Tuesday with arson of a building used in interstate commerce and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services, according to a news release from the FBI in Milwaukee.

No one was injured and only minor damage was done to the building in the Sunday night attack on the clinic in the town of Grand Chute, Wis.

Updated: April 3, 2012, 5:55 PM



The man arrested in connection with the weekend bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin is 50-year-old Francis Gerald Grady, a police official confirmed to TPM.

Grand Chute, Wis., Police Chief Greg Peterson confirmed the man's name after TPM tracked down information through the local jail.

Peterson said it's still too soon to know whether the man, who was arrested on a probation violation on Monday night, is the same person who bombed the clinic.

However, Peterson said "there's a strong link" between the man and the bombing, based on the information investigators have been able to establish so far.

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A man was arrested Monday night in connection with the bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin, according to a report in the Post-Crescent newspaper.

The suspect's name was not released, but police were able to track him down after seeing him on security camera footage. He was booked into a local jail but had not yet been charged in the bombing, the newspaper said.

The FBI has joined the investigation into the Sunday bombing of a Planned Parenthood office in Grand Chute, Wis., an agency spokesman in Milwaukee told TPM.

Leonard Peace, spokesman with the FBI Milwaukee Division, said the agency will coordinate with the town's police department as the hunt begins for the person who placed the device outside the office on Sunday night.

Police are looking for a suspect after a bomb went off Sunday night outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wis.

WGBA, the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, reported the explosion did only a small amount of damage to the building. The television station did not report any injuries.

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The killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has reopened old racial wounds and ignited calls for justice from across the nation.

But as often happens when a local case captures national attention, the hard facts of the killing seem to have been drowned out amid the rumors, shouts and political rhetoric.

The debate has its place, no doubt. But to try to more clearly present what actually happened on the night of Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., TPM has put together a guide to the events that reportedly took place before, during and immediately after the killing.

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Investigators in Arizona are looking into whether embattled Sheriff Paul Babeu's office destroyed records that may have shed light on whether he threatened to deport his immigrant ex-boyfriend after their breakup.

A report published Friday morning in the Arizona Republic said the inquiry is focusing on roughly 6,200 files that seem to have disappeared after state investigators requested they be preserved.

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