Penny Starr joined CNSNews.com 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 CNSNews.com, 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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February 12, 2016, 10:21 AM EST
The nation’s largest abortion provider is celebrating Black History Month by honoring “past,” “present” and “future” leaders, according to Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s website.
February 11, 2016, 12:29 PM EST
At his weekly briefing with reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) would not say whether he personally believes that young women should be required to register for the draft.
February 10, 2016, 9:04 PM EST
A Marine general turned environmentalist conceded during a congressional briefing Wednesday that complying with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on military bases does have a “cost” and does not enhance troop training – but said it was still “worth it.”
February 9, 2016, 5:36 PM EST
In a global energy forecast report issued on Jan. 25, ExxonMobil said that in the 2040 market, oil, natural gas, and coal will meet 80% of the world’s energy needs and that carbon emissions should peak by 2030.
February 9, 2016, 2:40 PM EST
What can be given to rich Hollywood superstars at the upcoming Oscars in their “swag bag?” How about a sex toy, a “vampire” breast lift, and a few rolls of toilet paper valued at $275?
February 9, 2016, 10:53 AM EST
Members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus visited the Rio Grande Valley, Texas sector of the U.S.-Mexico border last week and issued a press release expressing concern about border insecurity, the continued influx of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and families, and policies put in place by the Obama administration that hinder Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and encourage illegal immigration.
February 8, 2016, 3:33 PM EST
Not all of the magical moments of Super Bowl 50 happened on the field on Sunday. 
February 5, 2016, 5:10 PM EST
John Anderson, senior director forpermitting policy and environmentalaffairs at the American WindEnergy Association. (Penny Starr.)
February 4, 2016, 1:43 PM EST
(CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – At his weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan would not say if he supports congressional action to roll back or restrict the military’s use of women in combat roles.
February 4, 2016, 12:35 PM EST
(CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) - At her weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she does not support Congress taking any action to restrict the use of women in combat by the U.S. military.
February 2, 2016, 3:20 PM EST
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, posted an article on its website on Jan. 26 opining how the annual tradition of pulling groundhogs from their winter slumber is “no fun” for the animal.
February 2, 2016, 12:32 PM EST
In a speech following his virtual tie with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Monday’s Iowa Caucus, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said that his showing in Iowa sent a “profound message” to the “establishment” -- and the media.
February 1, 2016, 3:39 PM EST
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked supporters at a rally in Iowa City, Iowa on Sunday to “pray every day until election day,” asking God to “awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from the abyss.”
February 1, 2016, 3:00 PM EST
At a rally in Davenport, Iowa on Sunday GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that too many Americans are dependent on government assistance, and it results in “trapping people in poverty.”
February 1, 2016, 5:55 AM EST
At a rally on Sunday in Davenport, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that the scandals surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should disqualify her from being commander in chief.
January 31, 2016, 7:26 PM EST
Following the 2015 federal indictment of four men for human trafficking and a Senate investigation into how unaccompanied alien children (UACs) wound up in the hands of criminals, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, said it was the doing of the federal government.
January 31, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Donald Trump in Clinton, Ia., on Jan. 30, 2016. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)CLINTON, IA.
January 31, 2016, 9:52 AM EST
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)CEDAR RAPIDS, IA.
January 28, 2016, 8:18 PM EST
Following the 2015 federal indictment of four men for human trafficking and a Senate investigation into how unaccompanied alien children (UACs) wound up in the hands of criminals, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, said it was the doing of the federal government.
January 26, 2016, 2:56 PM EST
A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state’s human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory.