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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

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, center, listens as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., right, chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, attends a markup in the House Judiciary Committee of a bill to create a commission to study and address social disparities in the African American community today. Rep. Jackson-Lee is the sponsor of that legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress moves ahead with race relations priorities

Congressional Democrats forged ahead Wednesday night with two of their main priorities in dealing with grievances over race. Congressional Democrats forged ahead Wednesday night with two of their main priorities in dealing with grievances over race. Published April 14, 2021

In this  Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, Kelly Mack works on her laptop to teach remotely from her early 1940s vintage camper/trailer in her backyard at home in Evanston, Ill. Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the more we rely on technology, the bigger the consequences when gadgets or internet service let us down. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) **FILE**

Critics blast Biden’s community-run Internet service plan as inefficient, costly

President Biden is proposing to transform how Americans get online by encouraging more cities to offer Internet service like any other utility, under a little-noticed provision in his mammoth $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan that is raising concerns about government competing with the private sector. Published April 4, 2021

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 19, 2021. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP) **FILE**

Pelosi backs removing deduction cap on state and local taxes

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she supports and is "sympathetic" to a push by some Democrats to remove a controversial $10,000 federal cap on deducting state and local taxes, an issue in high-tax blue states such as New York and New Jersey. Published April 1, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are pressuring President Biden to take executive action to cancel debt for federal student loan borrowers. (Associated Press)

Joe Biden pressed to cancel more student loan debt

Democratic lawmakers and their allies on the left aren't nearly satisfied with President Biden's moves to forgive Americans' mountain of student debt, even though the administration has wiped away $1 billion from tens of thousands who had been scammed by for-profit colleges. Published March 28, 2021