Penny Starr joined in January 2008 after working for more than 25 years in print media as an editor and senior manager. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation’s capitol. As a senior staff writer at, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.

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May 28, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat on May 21, 2015. ( Starr)( – On May 17, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated the marriage of two men and used the occasion to cite her constitutional right to do so.
May 28, 2015, 3:43 PM EDT
Participants in a gay pride parade march Saturday braving heavy rain in a street in downtown Riga, Latvia. (Roman Koksarov ~ Associated Press)The U.S. State Department’s new envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) spoke on Tuesday about the U.S.
May 28, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT
The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted.
May 26, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT
Randy Berry, the State Department’s first named envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, said on Tuesday he is leaving on a 15-country, five-week trip to encourage foreign government to include protection for homosexuals in their constitutions.
May 22, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said  Thursday that the United States cannot defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) if President Barack Obama is unwilling to accurately define this group or other terrorists groups operating in the Middle East and elsewhere.
May 21, 2015, 5:27 PM EDT
The United States has myriad problems, best-selling author Joel Rosenberg said on Thursday at a pastors’ retreat in the nation’s capitol, but the greatest threat it faces, he said, is the sin of abortion and the 57 million babies who have been killed at the hand of an abortionist.
May 21, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Family Research Council's annual Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat on May 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)( – Sen.
May 21, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT
The problems facing the United States are not political in nature, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said at FRC’s Christian pastor retreat in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
May 20, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that the Obama administration’s decision to end the program that created a federal and state partnership to enforce the nation’s immigration laws means that reporting criminal illegal aliens to federal authorities is “entirely” voluntary.
May 20, 2015, 12:10 PM EDT
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said Tuesday that Republicans who want border security as the first step in immigration reform are insisting on a “false idea.”
May 19, 2015, 11:23 AM EDT
A gay teacher read to the third graders in his class at a North Carolina elementary school a book published in 2003 that features two homosexual men getting married.
May 15, 2015, 4:03 PM EDT
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health is celebrating Women’s Health Week (May 10-16) by asking women to sign a pledge on its website “to take at least one step for better health” and “get an HIV test at least once in my lifetime.”
May 14, 2015, 9:40 PM EDT
Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed on Tuesday to continue the Obama administration’s push for public schools to abandon their “zero tolerance” discipline policy, because critics claim it is aimed disproportionately at minority students and other “at risk” youth, including migrants and LGBT students.
May 14, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT
Pro-abortion groups are angry about the passage of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would put a national ban on most abortions after 20 weeks gestation except in the cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is threatened.
May 13, 2015, 5:42 PM EDT
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets.
May 12, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for certain children who don’t have parents at home.
May 12, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, counterterrorism analyst and senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said on Tuesday that al Qaeda may be overshadowed by the so-called Islamic State on the world stage, but the terrorist group is succeeding with its effort to infiltrate the civil war in Syria.
May 11, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given $20 million in funding to two organizations that are teaching new mothers in Guatemala about hunger and breastfeeding, using such tools as flip charts and guidance on spotting on hunger “cues.”
May 8, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT
As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran approaches and the passage of a U.S. Senate bill that does not require the deal to be viewed as a treaty by Congress, the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) President Frank Gaffney warned of the consequences of this scenario.
May 7, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT
The D.C. City Council has put in place legislation requiring employers to hire and retain individuals who do not share their pro-life or faith-based mission.