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Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami covers Congress for The Washington Times, with a focus on racial justice issues. He has covered national higher education, healthcare, banking and telecommunications policy in Washington, D.C. He has covered state and local politics at such papers as The Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Newsday. Contact him at

Articles by Kery Murakami

In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., listens during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Chip Roy can’t find challenger to Trump-backed Stefanik

Rep. Chip Roy isn't ruling out challenging Rep. Elise Stefanik for the job of House Republican Conference chair -- but is actively seeking someone else to step up as the alternative to the Donald Trump-endorsed front-runner. Published May 13, 2021

Julia Paley, of Arlington, Va., with the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, holds up a sign that reads "DACA Don't Destroy Dreamers Dreams" during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Miguel Cardona: College student Dreamers eligible for emergency grants

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is announcing Tuesday that "Dreamers" are eligible for emergency grants for college students in COVID-19 relief bills, reversing the Trump administration policy that enforced the federal ban on giving most taxpayer benefits to immigrants who are in the country illegally. Published May 11, 2021

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, left, talks to 12th grade art student Oscar Quezada at White Plains High School, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in White Plains, N.Y. Cardona visited as part of the 'Help is Here' tour. The school reopened to all students on April 12. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Biden hits school-opening goal but leaves Black, Hispanic students behind

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Thursday cheered President Biden for meeting the goal of reopening a majority of K-8 schools within his first 100 days in office, but he also acknowledged Black and Hispanic students returned to school at lower rates than their White classmates. Published May 6, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds up a photograph of her father, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., with Eleanor Roosevelt, as she speaks about the long fight for DC statehood during her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Nancy Pelosi refuses to denounce father Thomas D’Alesandro Jr.’s complicity in racism

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to denounce her late father, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., for supporting the erection of Confederate monuments in the city and perpetuating systemic racism by not stopping discriminatory practices, including refusing rental housing to Black people in White neighborhoods. Published May 5, 2021