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.

My Articles

September 28, 2016, 7:44 PM EDT
Citing the Internal Revenue Service’s investigation of 99 churches for potential violation of laws restricting political speech, GOP and faith leaders held a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday to announce the introduction of a bill to restore free speech rights to all non-profits.
September 28, 2016, 1:31 PM EDT
As part of the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the U.S. surgeon general told Native American youth at an outdoor event on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to focus on First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to combat childhood obesity that their culture was “a powerful source of health and healing.”
September 27, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) would not answer directly a question about whether law-abiding citizens with guns could stop terror attacks, like the one that took place recently at a mall in Minnesota where a knife-wielding radical Islamist was shot to death by an off-duty police officer.
September 26, 2016, 3:15 PM EDT
California Democrats introduced legislation earlier this year that would have expanded the California Coastal National Monument some 6,261 acres covering five coastal sites. The bill did not advance, and in February those lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to make the land off limits for everything except tourism.
September 26, 2016, 11:15 AM EDT
A senior editor with the Christian World News Group has written a book telling the stories of persecuted Christians in Iraq, including the fact that despite losing their homes and even loved ones to the ongoing attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), there is one thing they refuse to relinquish.
September 20, 2016, 7:04 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a new regulation to require all shelters or housing facilities that receive federal funding to let transgender individuals have access to those shelters or facilities based on their ‘gender identity’ rather than their biological sex.
September 20, 2016, 5:26 PM EDT
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would not say whether Republicans would continue to include a provision in a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government that would ban Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving money appropriated to fight the Zika virus. 
September 19, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
In a special report on Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense (DoD) details the actions and cost of fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL -- $8.7 billion so far for an average of $12.1 million a day.
September 19, 2016, 11:29 AM EDT
Jeffrey Tambor, who won an Emmy on Sunday for best actor for his role in the Amazon series “Transparent,” used his pulpit to make a plea for transgender actors to play the role of transgender characters.
September 16, 2016, 4:09 PM EDT
Faith leaders and religious liberty advocates are weighing in on the recently released U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report that concluded terms such as “religious liberty” and “religious freedom” were code words for discrimination and even “Christian supremacy.”
September 16, 2016, 12:33 PM EDT
The city of Baltimore’s Health Department announced on Thursday that it is receiving $5 million from Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help troubled youth through “yoga/mindfulness activities, and healing circles.”
September 15, 2016, 3:52 PM EDT
Jack Gerard, CEO and president of the trade association American Petroleum Institution (API), said on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s decision to override a federal judge’s ruling to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline construction to go forward in South Dakota violates “the rule of law.”
September 15, 2016, 10:28 AM EDT
Democrats said Wednesday that President Barack Obama should use a provision in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that gives him authority to issue a “waiver for state innovation” that would allow illegal aliens in the state to buy insurance from the state’s health insurance marketplace.
September 14, 2016, 4:05 PM EDT
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that although some people may misuse “religious liberty” as a way to disagree with other people’s beliefs, the term should not be “denigrated.”
September 13, 2016, 7:44 PM EDT
Rep. Chris Smith (R. N.J.) said on Tuesday that the human rights abuses taking place under the current government in Ethiopia are an “abomination.”
September 13, 2016, 3:38 PM EDT
Christian businessman, author, and activist David Benham said Monday that if one disagrees with the “sexual revolution” in Hollywood that promotes homosexuality and same-sex marriage they will be “persecuted.”
September 12, 2016, 6:37 PM EDT
Critics say the Obama Administration’s decision to override a federal court’s decision -- to allow construction of an oil pipeline in Dakota to continue after an Indian Tribe sought an injunction to halt the project – will hurt working Americans and the economy.
September 12, 2016, 12:39 PM EDT
Actor Jon Voight said on Friday that the country needs to turn back to the Constitution and “our founding principles.”
September 9, 2016, 2:18 PM EDT
Conservative activist Gary Bauer said on Friday at the Family Research Council’s 2016 Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., that the founders of the United States built the country on biblical principles, including the sanctity of life created in the “image of God.”