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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October 2, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Thursday that if states and localities could shift $15 billion used to incarcerate non-violent offenders and use it to pay teachers more who work in the nation’s poorest communities, it would retain teachers and be “life transforming” for students.
October 2, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is now a candidate seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, restored America’s reputation around the world as the nation’s top diplomat.
September 30, 2015, 2:43 PM EDT
Bill Nye "the Science Guy" used his celebrity to weigh in on abortion in a four-minute video where he argues “you can’t tell somebody what to do,” especially a woman who gets pregnant from having sex with a man she doesn’t like.
September 29, 2015, 7:40 PM EDT
At a House hearing on Tuesday about the federal funds given to Planned Parenthood Federation of America each year, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) pointed out to its President Cecile Richards that the organization’s most recent tax report shows $127 million dollars of revenue in excess of expenses.
September 29, 2015, 2:03 PM EDT
On the same day that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, testified in Congress about the $528 million in federal funding the organization receives, the nation’s largest abortion provider is marking “Pink Out Day,” including offering free tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
September 29, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said she does not use the clinics she oversees for her own health care.
September 28, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT
Business entrepreneurs, authors and twin brothers David and Jason Benham said on Friday that the real threat to religious liberty is the threat faced by Christians.
September 25, 2015, 3:15 PM EDT
GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told the Values Voter Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C., that if he is elected president, he would issue an order to the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood Federation of America in the wake undercover videos showing its top medical staff discussing the harvest and sale of organs collected from aborted babies. 
September 25, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at the Family Research Council Action’s Values Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C., that all life should be protected, because it comes from God.
September 25, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT
GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at the Family Research Council Action’s Values Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C., that as a Christian he must model Jesus Christ in his life, including how he would govern if he is elected president of the United States.
September 24, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics released new data on crimes on private and public colleges in the United States that reveal a 77 percent increase in forcible sex crimes.
September 24, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT
In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has determined that it is not necessary to protect the greater Sage-grouse in 11 western states by listing it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
September 23, 2015, 1:28 PM EDT
The National Park Service celebrated Wellness Week by encouraging Americans to visit a national park to improve their “physical, mental and spiritual health.”
September 22, 2015, 3:52 PM EDT
On Friday, President Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to be the first homosexual to be secretary of the United States Army. This comes four years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allowing homosexuals to serve “openly” in the military.
September 22, 2015, 2:54 PM EDT
Retired Gen. David Petraeus told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the situation in Syria is a “geopolitical Chernobyl” that will continue to pose a terrorist threat around the globe “for decades.”
September 21, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT
In a stunning video posted by the U.K. Daily Mirror on Saturday, doctors save the life of an unborn baby who was injured along with her mother in a missile attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo. 
September 21, 2015, 12:47 PM EDT
Andy Samberg, the host of the 67th Emmy Awards asked how many homosexual men had “[expletive] each other” while listening to “Eye of the Tiger,” a song played at a recent rally to support the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
September 19, 2015, 8:31 PM EDT
Lawmakers in the U.S. territory of Guam narrowly approved a bill earlier this month that would allow chemical castration of convicted sex offenders ahead of their release back into society, the Pacific Daily News reported on Sept. 4.
September 18, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
The former head of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement said on Friday that concerns about the security risk of bringing Syrian refugees into the U.S. given the terrorist presence in that country are based on “fear-mongering” and that the millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally did not undergo security screening used to vet asylum seekers.