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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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a Phoenix radio station Thursday evening that he's considering using detectives from his office to further investigate President Obama's birth certificate, which he now says he believes is a forgery.

Until now, the Republican sheriff had boasted of being able to run his unusual birth certificate investigation without tapping into taxpayer money. The inquiry was handled by a "Cold Case Posse," which the sheriff said was funded by private donors.

But after the posse came up with evidence that it claims proves the president's birth certificate is a fake, Arpaio told radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on station KFYI that the information "takes it into a different level."

"I'll have to decide how to go with this and get some more help from our detectives that we should pursue," Arpaio said. "When you get information about a criminal violation, I think it's incumbent on somebody to look at it and do something about it."

Listen to the interview below. Arpaio is asked about taxpayer money starting at the 1:15 mark.

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Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch launched a legal battle Wednesday over control of the Cato Institute, the influential libertarian think tank one of them helped found nearly 40 years ago.

The Kochs filed a lawsuit in Kansas, where the institute was created, demanding that the widow of its longtime chairman give back his shares of the nonprofit company.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a news conference on Thursday in Phoenix to claim that President Obama's long-form birth certificate is a computer generated forgery.

The news conference featured members of the sheriff's cold case posse, which has spent months investigating document, as well as conservative activist Jerome Corsi, who has long claimed Obama's birth certificate was a fake.


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One bill in a series of proposed laws that would devastate public unions in Arizona has come back to life and is set to be debated later today on the floor of the state Senate.

The measure was on life support two weeks ago after Republicans said they didn't have enough votes to pass it. But it was given a second chance and could quickly get a formal Senate vote if it moves past the debate.

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Former billionaire Allen Stanford may testify later today in federal court in Texas in his trial on accusations that he ran a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, the Houston Chronicle reports.

TPM detailed earlier today how Stanford's defense team said it is getting stiffed out of as much as $1.9 million by the federal court system while they help the former cricket mogul fight the charges.

The Chronicle's T.L. Langford is tweeting live from the courtroom.

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