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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer & Reporter

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com, and has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications. Born in Switzerland, Martin lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Penn State University and later Georgetown University, where he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and daughter.


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Millions of people use Twitter for 140-character bursts of news, opinion and insights, but last week there was something they wouldn't see: A local advertising campaign for a D.C. program that distributes millions of free condoms every year. Officials at the D.C. Department of Health say that the micro-blogging service blocked a sponsored tweet — a tweet that is paid for a...
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In something of a legislative and legal game of chicken, the D.C. Council squared off against Congress on Monday — and blinked. Fearing possible criminal penalties for violating a congressional spending ban, the Council downgraded a planned hearing on a ...
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The District has withdrawn a request to a judge that it be given more flexibility in where it houses homeless families, saying that 100 additional motel rooms were identified late this week to house families that could not be accommodated at the D.C. General shelter or in four motels...
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This post has been updated The District has asked a judge to grant it flexibility in where it houses homeless families, saying that an existing requirement that they be housed in private rooms is making it more likely that the city will not be able to comply with the law mandating that it offer shelter to homeless families on nights when the temperatures dip below f...
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A new D.C. law limiting how much businesses can give to political campaigns went into effect at the end of January, but not before a number of businesses and individuals that would be affected by it had the chance to give big to two candidates running for D.C. Council seats in an upcoming special election. A review of the campaign finance reports for two front-running candid...
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Climate change and how to respond to it may provoke partisan fights in Washington, but that's not stopping the nation's capital from preparing for the consequences of changing weather patterns. In his 2016 budget proposal, President Obama included $750,000 for a "climate change adaptation plan to identify climate risks to the District of Columbia, vulnerabilities, and mitiga...
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There's now a new way to donate to political campaigns in D.C.: bitcoin. In rules published last month, the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance specified that bitcoin — the decentralized digital currency developed in 2009 — can be used to make contributions to candidates running for office in D.C. Under the rules, candidates an...
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It only took adding a single word, but President Obama is siding with D.C. in its fight with congressional Republicans over a voter-approved measure to legalize the possession of marijuana and the provision of abortions to women who can't afford to pay for them. In the $4 trillion 2...
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Despite the measure not moving beyond a hearing last year and expected resistance from the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) plans to re-introduce a bill that would grant the District statehood. An aide to the senator confirmed today that Carper will again introduce the bill, though when is not yet certain. The bill, which he ...
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It's always been said that the District is a city of transients, and tax data now seems to bear that out. A new report from the D.C. Chief Financial Officer's Office of Revenue Analysis finds that less than a quarter of residents who joined the city's tax rolls in 2004 remained on the rolls in 2012. According to tax data studied by analyst Yesim Sayin Taylor, ther...
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You may not know that flying drones over much of the Washington region is strictly forbidden, but soon you won't have much of a choice in complying. In the wake of Monday's drone crash at the White House, Chinese drone maker DJI has...
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Related Stories Five Years After Court Let D.C. Residents Keep Arms, Some Want To Bear Them ...
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Early this morning, a small drone — or quadcopter, if you want to be technical — crashed on the grounds of the White House, prompting the Secret Service to shut down the executive mansion and investigate the incident. Though the man who ...
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The D.C. Public Library wants you to remember that Big Brother is watching. The city's library system kicked off 10 days worth of events on privacy and surveillance in the digital age this morning with a day-long reading of George Orwell's 1984, the famous 1949 novel describing life in a totalitarian state. The reading — or read-a-thon — started this m...
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Related Stories One Dead, 84 Hospitalized After Smoke Fills Metro Tunnel, Yellow Line Train ...
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The claims have always been anecdotal, whispered among like-minded residents, but now the D.C. Chief Financial Officer has the numbers to prove that yes, once those residents become parents, they're more likely to leave the city than their counterparts who don't have kids. In a study titled "...