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Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro brings 25 years of broadcast journalism experience to the Washington Times. He has won numerous prestigious awards throughout his career in major media markets across the country. Before coming to the Times, Martin was a news anchor at Bloomberg Radio’s Washington bureau. From 2012 to 2017, he covered transportation at NPR member station WAMU 88.5 in Washington, where his work on the yearslong Metrorail crisis earned Martin his second Edward R. Murrow award, which included hosting the radio station’s first podcast, Metropocalypse. Martin worked as a reporter for AP Radio in New York and Washington for eight years starting in 2008. He lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. and his interests include reading history and following his beloved New York Jets. He can be reached at

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., talks to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., after Gaetz voted "present" in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

History As It Happens: A House divided (Part 2)

Starting with the contested election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker, it appears the new congress will be a place where compromise is rare, hyper-partisanship is the norm, and further division is the result. Published January 11, 2023

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., left, pulls Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., back as they talk with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and others during the 14th round of voting for speaker as the House meets for the fourth day to try and elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. At right is Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

History As It Happens: A House divided

The contentious election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House speaker evoked the nasty political brawling of the antebellum United States. A major historian says things could get worse from here. Published January 9, 2023

President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. Biden is in Kentucky to promote his infrastructure agenda. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

History As It Happens: Biden Doctrine

Heading into the third year of his presidency, does Mr. Biden have a coherent, abiding approach to U.S. foreign policy? The Washington Times' Guy Taylor and Ben Wolfgang discuss. Published January 4, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Summit of the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

History As It Happens: Putin problems

Despite the massive failures of his war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin retains his grip on power. Why haven't the country's elites abandoned him? Published December 14, 2022

People hold portraits of Mahsa Amini during a protest against the Iranian regime, in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the Islamic republic's notorious "morality police". The 22-year-old died in Iran while in police custody on Sept. 16 after her arrest three days prior for allegedly violating its strictly-enforced dress code. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

History As It Happens: Voices of Iran

Thousands of Iranians are demanding an end to the ayatollahs' rule, but it's unclear if the Islamic regime will ever embrace fundamental change for its people. Published December 7, 2022

Protesters hold up blank white papers during a commemoration for victims of a recent Urumqi deadly fire in Central in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Students in Hong Kong chanted “oppose dictatorship” in a protest against China’s anti-virus controls after crowds in mainland cities called for President Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of opposition to the ruling Communist Party in decades. (AP Photo/Zen Soo)

History As It Happens: Voices of China

Ordinary Chinese citizens are bravely defying their authoritarian regime. Will the protests against Covid restrictions blossom into something more? Published November 30, 2022

Former President Donald Trump announces he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

History As It Happens: One-term presidents

Only once in U.S. history has a president won a nonconsecutive second term. That was Grover Cleveland in 1892. Donald Trump hopes to be the next. Published November 28, 2022

U.S. President Ronald Reagan, right, talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during arrival ceremonies at the White House where the superpowers begin their three-day summit talks in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1987. Russian news agencies are reporting that former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has died at 91. The Tass, RIA Novosti and Interfax news agencies cited the Central Clinical Hospital. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko, File)

History As It Happens: Reagan’s vision

Historian William Inboden argues Ronald Reagan's policy of "peace through strength" brought down the Soviet Union. He wants today's Republicans to remember why engagement with the world is necessary. Published November 23, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. The two leaders used the occasion of the Winter Olympics in Beijing to hold a summit and show solidarity. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

History As It Happens: Who makes history?

Hitler biographer Ian Kershaw sees glimpses of the past century's authoritarian rulers in today's autocrats, making it critical to understand how individual leaders can shape the course of history. Published November 16, 2022

In this May 29, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, right, watch as former football player Herschel Walker, center, throws football's during White House Sports and Fitness Day on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The U.S. Senate nomination in a premier battleground like Georgia should be a plum political prize, but a year before Republican voters choose a nominee for the 2022 midterms, they have no clear options. The wildcard is whether football hero Herschel Walker runs and brings the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

History As It Happens: The end of Trumpism?

A political journalist says despite the anger of many conservatives at the GOP's disappointing midterms, it is too early to write off Donald Trump. Published November 14, 2022