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

April 29, 2016, 2:43 PM EDT
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to make the nation’s roadways more “inclusive,” according to articles published by National Public Radio (NPR) and Think Progress, the reporting arm of the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP).
April 28, 2016, 4:46 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday that the Democrats’ goal to make homosexual marriage the law of the land could not be accomplished “legislatively,” but was achieved through “the courts.”
April 28, 2016, 3:32 PM EDT
Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said at a press conference on Thursday that the bill he sponsored to include “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was needed to counter state laws and proposed state laws that are “allowing religion to be used as an excuse for discrimination.”
April 27, 2016, 11:43 AM EDT
At a congressional field hearing in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the EPA has not fulfilled its promise to pay for damages done to Native American lands from the toxic spill of mine waste into waterways in Colorado, which eventually polluted water in that state, New Mexico, and Utah, and Navajo Nation land in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.
April 26, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Tuesday that biological males should not be allowed to use the women’s restroom in federal facilities and parks, stressing that men should use men's rooms and women use women's rooms. He added that he sees no "crisis" over this issue, no problem "to solve here."
April 26, 2016, 12:55 PM EDT
As part of “National Reentry Week” (April 24-30), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday $1.75 million will be given to public housing and non-profit legal groups to help youth who are released from incarceration – or “justice-involved” youth -- find jobs and housing.
April 25, 2016, 4:50 PM EDT
A group of middle school students from North Carolina visiting New York City last week were asked to stop singing the National Anthem at the 9/11 Memorial by security personnel halfway through their performance, a local ABC affiliate in that state reported.
April 25, 2016, 1:43 PM EDT
April 22, 2016, 4:06 PM EDT
A Defense Department (DOD) official said on Friday that for the number of women who want to fill combat posts heretofore not open to them, and then being able to meet the standard set for those posts, the number who actually serve will be “very, very small or none at all.”
April 22, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
In a blog posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website on Thursday entitled “Water You Up To For Earth Day,” the author compared environmentalists’ enthusiasm for the occasion to the excitement fans feel for Super Bowl and the Final Four.
April 21, 2016, 2:22 PM EDT
Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday to promote a Senate bill introduced last year by Democrats that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour by 2020, saying the legislation would “move they ball forward” toward “ensuring shared prosperity.”
April 21, 2016, 10:44 AM EDT
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that the children crossing into the United States illegally without a parent or guardian are no different then American children.
April 20, 2016, 2:53 PM EDT
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)( – Sen.
April 19, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that people “ought to be able to use the restroom of the gender they identify with.”
April 18, 2016, 3:49 PM EDT
The State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 reveals that the number of abortions done in one year in that Communist country was an estimated 23 million.
April 18, 2016, 12:47 PM EDT
As the battle rages in North Carolina around the new state law requiring people to use public restrooms that fit their biological sex, Chuck Wright, sheriff of Spartanburg County, S.C., reacted to his state’s proposed law that mirrors the one now in place in N.C.
April 18, 2016, 10:33 AM EDT
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca found it hard to find money for college after graduating from North Hollywood High School in Southern California. She was brought to the state illegally from Mexico by her parents when she was 4.
April 15, 2016, 3:55 PM EDT
Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said on Thursday that laws are needed to restrict gun ownership to “protect ordinary citizens,” like those killed in mass shootings.