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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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In this June 19, 2020, file photo, a protester holds a sign that reads "BLACK LIVES MATTER" during a Juneteenth rally outside the Brooklyn Museum in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, officially making Juneteenth a New York state holiday. Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn't until June 19th, 1865, that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, found out about it from Union army personnel, making them among the last to know about their freedom. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

History As It Happens: The liberal roots of the Republican Party

If today's Republican Party is known for fighting the left in the Congress, courts and culture, the Republican Party of the 1850s rose to prominence by building on "the foundational left-wing social movement of the modern era." Published June 23, 2021

Lady Freedom of Birmingham, Ala., leans on a plaque as she visits a memorial for the Tulsa Race Massacre near the historic Greenwood district during centennial commemorations of the massacre,, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/John Locher)

History As It Happens: Why Tulsa was forgotten

In the past week Americans marked the anniversaries of two major events that hold different places in the common memory. One evoked feelings of honor and pride, the other shame and revulsion. Published June 7, 2021

This April 3, 2013, file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

History As It Happens: The Bitcoin bubble

It is no surprise some Americans believe it is just a matter of time before another financial crisis rocks the economy. Recent headlines make clear the financial system is loaded with minefields. Published May 31, 2021

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks to crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo. Former President Donald Trump will find out this week whether he gets to return to Facebook. The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board says it will announce its decision Wednesday, May 5 on a case concerning the former president. Trump's account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

History As It Happens: Facebook versus free speech

While fear of government censorship still exists, the globe's digital behemoths -- Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube -- possess more unchecked power and technological capability to suppress speech than any government. Published May 12, 2021

FILE - In this March 23, 2021, file photo, migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

History As It Happens: Going deeper on immigration

If you step away from the daily headlines and avert your eyes from the border for a moment, you will see that the underlying problems and historical causes of human migration have not been resolved. Some may even be intractable. Published May 5, 2021

In this March 9, 1950 file photo, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., gestures during a Senate subcommittee hearing on McCarthy's charges of communist infiltration of the U.S. State Department. President Donald Trump, tweeting over the weekend, invoked both McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal, two of the most-debated chapters of recent American political history. (AP Photo/Herbert K. White)

History As It Happens: McCarthyism Redux

It may seem a stretch to compare the anti-Communist hysteria of the McCarthy era to the "Stop the Steal" movement. Yet despite their significant differences, both conspiracy theories are based on the same notion: internal enemies, from ordinary people to the powerful, are at work. Published April 28, 2021

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. The United States flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf on Wednesday for the second time this month, a show of force meant to deter Iran from attacking American or allied targets in the Middle East. (Senior Airman Roslyn Ward/U.S. Air Force via AP)

History As It Happens: The American way of war

President Biden's decision to withdraw the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan may have overshadowed an equally important development in Congress designed to rein in the executive branch's authority to fight "forever wars." Published April 26, 2021

In this Dec. 8, 1987, file photo U.S. President Ronald Reagan, right, and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev exchange pens during the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signing ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, D.C. Gorbachev's translator Pavel Palazhchenko stands in the middle. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

History As It Happens: Reassessing the post-Cold War world

It appeared democracy and free markets had triumphed, were on the march, and would become the foundation of a new and peaceful international order, or at least that was what some U.S. leaders envisioned. Published April 21, 2021