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

October 25, 2016, 2:08 PM EDT
The former Home Secretary in the British Parliament and others in the government are calling on “age tests” to deal with the influx of immigrant youth seeking asylum as some question whether some are adults posing as children, the UK Daily Mail reported last week.
October 24, 2016, 8:39 PM EDT
Mark Paoletta could certainly have personal reasons to take an interest in the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
October 24, 2016, 12:36 PM EDT
The United States is ranked 41st in a 2016 global index produced earlier this year by Reporters Without Borders.
October 20, 2016, 3:43 PM EDT
The woman who was in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, said at a conference focused on the health care law on Tuesday that moving to a public option as a fix for the troubled government program would be “a huge mistake.”
October 20, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT
The StandUnited website has launched a petition to have Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas included in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
October 19, 2016, 4:16 PM EDT
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said on Wednesday that places known to be “gun free” are targeted by criminals or terrorists who seek a location for an attack.
October 18, 2016, 9:24 PM EDT
In celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, National Right to Life is distributing stories from parents who are sharing the blessing of choosing life for their children with the genetic disorder.
October 18, 2016, 10:53 AM EDT
“More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in the spring. 
October 18, 2016, 10:16 AM EDT
The new Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s tagline is “powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community.” However, the museum – with a $540 million price tag funded 50 percent by U.S. taxpayers – doesn’t include many prominent blacks, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Edward Brooke, a Republican who became the first African American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote in 1966.
October 17, 2016, 12:49 PM EDT
On the 100th anniversary of eugenicist Margaret Sanger’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday, Planned Parenthood retweeted a commentary published on the Rewire website that states that the United States is founded on racism and that attempts by the pro-life movement to paint Sanger with that same broad brush are only meant to “shame” black women.
October 17, 2016, 11:42 AM EDT
Planned Parenthood Federation of America marks its 100th birthday on Oct. 16, the day in 1916 that eugenicist Margaret Sanger opened the first “birth control” clinic in Brooklyn. Over the last few decades since abortion became legal in 1973, Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, ended the life of at least 6,803,782 babies.
October 14, 2016, 2:17 PM EDT
Which branch of the U.S. military has the most overweight troops? The Army, followed by the Air Force and the Navy, according to data from the Department of Defense and reported by the Military Times.
October 13, 2016, 5:31 PM EDT
( – During a panel discussion on Thursday about attacks on the First Amendment that are “unprecedented in American history,” one panelist said conservatives “need to fight” to preserve those rights.
October 13, 2016, 12:24 PM EDT
In remarks to the NAACP on Oct. 1, Norfolk, Va., City Council member Angelia Williams Graves said the police are today’s white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan.
October 12, 2016, 8:08 PM EDT
Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on Wednesday in support of the effort to stop drug arrests and convictions for the personal use of all drugs, citing the harm it does to people, including non-citizens, who might face deportation.
October 12, 2016, 4:51 PM EDT
The Interior Department and the National Park Service held a conference call on Tuesday – “Coming Out Day” – to announce a renewed effort to “tell a more inclusive story of our nation’s history” by giving places around the country connected to the homosexual movement certain historic designations.
October 12, 2016, 12:25 PM EDT
October 11, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
(AP) ( – A new study on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows that the health care law penalizes Americans who work full-time, will reduce the number of full-time workers, and rewards those who work less.
October 10, 2016, 1:04 PM EDT
A new report released earlier this month by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that the number of legal and illegal immigrants living in the United States in 2014 is the highest number seen in U.S. history, with 42.4 million living in this country.