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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 mdicaro@washingtontimes.com.

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Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., speaks at a news conference on District of Columbia statehood on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

History As It Happens: The D.C. statehood movement

In 2021, more than enough Democrats support statehood to pass the legislation in the House, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is confident her party will be able to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate, where a final vote would potentially come down to a tiebreaker cast by Vice President Kamala Harris. Published April 14, 2021

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2021, file photo, voters wait in line to cast their ballots in Georgia's Senate runoff election in Atlanta. The sweeping rewrite of Georgia's election rules that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Thursday, March 25, 2021, represents the first big set of changes since former President Donald Trump's repeated, baseless claims of fraud following his presidential loss to Joe Biden. Georgia’s new, 98-page law makes numerous changes to how elections will be administered, including a new photo ID requirement for voting absentee by mail. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

History As It Happens: Jim Crow 2.0?

Republican lawmakers in state legislatures nationwide are proposing more than 250 bills that, critics say, are designed to curb Black voters' access to the ballot and increase the possibility of partisan interference in vote counting. Published April 12, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after criticizing Democrats for wanting to change the filibuster rule, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

History As It Happens: Ending the filibuster

The origins of the word filibuster seem to belie any claims that the tool of partisan warfare is a pillar of senatorial greatness, and therefore must be guarded against efforts to eliminate it. Published April 7, 2021

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, during the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's loans to poor countries in Africa and Asia impose unusual secrecy and repayment terms that are hurting their ability to renegotiate debts after the coronavirus pandemic, a group of U.S. and German researchers said in a report Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (Lintao Zhang/Pool photo via AP, File)

History As It Happens: Chasing China

Few Americans in 1971 might have foreseen the dramatic changes China would undergo after Mao's reign, to the point where it is in a position to possibly become the world's most militarily and economically powerful nation within a couple more decades. Published March 31, 2021

Migrant families, mostly from Central American countries, wade through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on U.S. soil in Roma, Texas, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. As soon as the sun sets, at least 100 migrants crossed through the Rio Grande river by smugglers into the United States. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) **FILE**

History As It Happens: The intractable problem of human migration

Facing the biggest migrant surge in 20 years, the Biden administration is not only struggling to cope with the influx. The president is also seeking to deflect responsibility for enticing Central American parents to send their kids on the dangerous trek. Published March 29, 2021

Members of the Michigan Liberty Militia, including Phil Robinson, right, join protesters at a rally at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, April 30, 2020. Hoisting American flags and handmade signs, protesters returned to the state Capitol to denounce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order and business restrictions due to COVID-19, while lawmakers met to consider extending her emergency declaration hours before it expires. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

History As It Happens: COVID-19 and the lost year

One year after the rhythms of daily life were upended by the unchecked spread of an invisible, deadly pathogen, Americans have a degree of optimism that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind them. Published March 15, 2021

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at President Abraham Lincoln's feet rests on a pedestal in Boston. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, the statue that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice was removed from its perch. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

History As It Happens: Lincoln and the woke left

The Black Lives Matter protests that roiled America's cities in the summer of 2020 helped ignite a reckoning with the country's history of racial injustice. Confederate statues and monuments that had stood for generations as towering symbols of Lost Cause mythology and Jim Crow segregation were torn down by mobs and, in some places, peacefully removed by local authorities. Published March 3, 2021

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses in a conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) * FILE **

History As It Happens: Can the U.S. and Iran get along?

President Joseph Biden's decision on Feb. 25 to order airstrikes against targets in Syria, as a warning to Iran against backing militias in Iraq, served Americans an important reminder: The situation in the Middle East, so often overshadowed by the endless partisan bickering at home, remains unstable and dangerous, and relations between the U.S. and Iran remain at a low point. Published March 1, 2021

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History As It Happens: Understanding fascism

"Everyone is sure they know what fascism is," wrote Columbia University historian Robert O. Paxton in his seminal work, 'The Anatomy of Fascism.' This may partly explain why in modern American politics both Democratic and Republican politicians, including most of the recent presidents, have been called fascists by their critics. Published February 22, 2021

In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a protesters holds a Q sign waits in line with others to enter a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

History As It Happens: QAnon and the rise of conspiracy theories in American politics

Remember Edgar Maddison Welch? He is out of prison now. In late 2016 Welch drove more than 300 miles from his North Carolina home to Washington, D.C., armed with an AR-15. He was on a mission to save children from a sex abuse ring operated by powerful Democrats in the basement of a pizzeria, or so he believed. Published February 17, 2021

In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Trump’s racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

History As It Happens: Free speech for whom?

"If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise. Otherwise you are not in favor of freedom of speech," said the linguist and social critic Noam Chomksy to a group of students who wanted to know why he defended the right of a Holocaust denier, Robert Faurisson, to express his views free of censorship. Published February 15, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with the Government via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

History As It Happens: Vladimir the survivor

Faced with growing discontent over his nation's faltering economy and massive street demonstrations provoked by the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the regime of Russian president Vladimir Putin responded with an iron fist. State security forces arrested more than 10,000 people who participated in arguably the most significant protests against Putin's rule since he assumed power in late 1999. Published February 10, 2021

In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Sanders is set to give a major speech to rebut accusations by President Donald Trump and others that he is too liberal to win in a general election. During Wednesday's speech, which Sanders previewed in an interview with The Associated Press, he will define democratic socialism, the philosophy that has guided his political career. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

History As It Happens: Understanding socialism

Few words in the American political lexicon are as freighted with fear as socialism. It can conjure thoughts of diabolical Communism, the horrors of Stalin and Mao, and the Iron Curtain. To many on the right, the word has become synonymous with un-American because of its perceived threat to overturn capitalism and erode freedom. But attitudes toward socialism, however defined, are changing, especially among younger Americans. Published February 8, 2021