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

May 26, 2016, 3:50 PM EDT
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) told hundreds of pastors gathered for a retreat on Thursday in Washington, D.C., that our rights do not come from the government but are God-given.
May 26, 2016, 11:29 AM EDT
The Rev. Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, told a gathering of hundreds of pastors on Capitol Hill on Thursday that she believes God is judging America because of its sin and wickedness.
May 25, 2016, 4:51 PM EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) unveiled what he called the Republicans’ “policy agenda” for 2017 on Wednesday, including a plan to regain the legislative power granted to Congress in Article One of the U.S. Constitution.
May 25, 2016, 11:44 AM EDT
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said if Republicans delay approving funding to fight the Zika virus until the fall, the mosquitoes that carry the disease will no longer be around.
May 25, 2016, 10:26 AM EDT
A blog posted last week on the Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) discussed ongoing training for federal social workers on “strategies for fostering cultural awareness and knowledge as a way to improve services for diverse children and families.”
May 25, 2016, 4:43 AM EDT
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the announcement that the U.S. is lifting the ban on supplying the Communist government with lethal military equipment goes against U.S. interests and values.
May 23, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT
( – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Friday that its States Wildlife Granst programs  giving more than $5.5 million in grants for projects to help protect species considered among the “most at-risk” in the country 
May 23, 2016, 12:10 PM EDT
A new policy proposed by the Wake County School Board in North Carolina will do away with high school valedictorians, according to The News and Observer.
May 20, 2016, 6:59 PM EDT
Speaking from the White House Oval Office on Friday to press Congress to approve his request for $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus, President Barack Obama said it is not as easy as building a wall to keep all mosquitoes out of the United States.
May 20, 2016, 2:32 PM EDT
In a blog posted on the Department of Education’s website on May 13, the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department and Education and her counterpart at the Department of Justice cited a “growing chorus of educators, parents and students from around the country” as the reason that the agencies issued “guidance” to public schools on the treatment of transgender students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
May 19, 2016, 9:49 AM EDT
Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a food labeling bill on Wednesday, that they said could curb food waste in the United States while at the same time allowing food donations to millions of “food insecure” Americans.
May 18, 2016, 2:38 PM EDT
The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said on Tuesday that investigating “policing work” is a “top priority.”
May 17, 2016, 6:53 PM EDT
In a blog written by an intern at the Department of Education and posted on the agency’s website, children in a D.C. elementary school are shown meditating during the school day.
May 16, 2016, 3:44 PM EDT
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has posted the 10 most “challenged” books in the United States in 2015 on its website, and coming in at number 6 on that list is the Holy Bible.
May 16, 2016, 11:24 AM EDT
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has signed into law what’s being called the most sweeping birth control legislation in the country.
May 13, 2016, 2:23 PM EDT
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said on Thursday that the only interest the abortion industry has in women is the money it makes from performing abortions.
May 13, 2016, 12:42 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday at a press conference on Capitol Hill that she is “proud” of the Obama administration’s directive to public schools by the Departments of Education and Justice that transgender students in K-12th grade should be allowed to use bathrooms and other facilities according to their “chosen gender identity” instead of their biological sex.
May 12, 2016, 3:32 PM EDT
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) said on Thursday that visas issued to terrorists turn the documents into “weapons” by allowing them entry into the United States without proper vetting.
May 10, 2016, 3:19 PM EDT
At his weekly briefing with reporters on Tuesday at the Capitol, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that women should be “treated equally” when it comes to being required to register with the Selective Service.