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

January 17, 2017, 4:29 PM EST
( – When asked whether President-elect Donald Trump should try to get along with the “intelligence community” and other federal agencies, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said no, he should “overhaul” them because they are filled with Hillary Clinton supporters who have “contempt” for Trump.
January 16, 2017, 1:51 PM EST
( – House Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said he was “befuddled” by President Barack Obama’s decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that allows people fleeing Communist Cuba to stay in the United States if they make it to dry land before being apprehended.
January 16, 2017, 12:46 PM EST
When President-elect Donald Trump said he would keep people “in suspense” about whether or not he would accept the result of the 2016 election in the final televised debate in October, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she thought his answer was “horrifying” and that such remarks were a threat to our democracy.
January 13, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday that the increase in the federal budget of $9 trillion over the eight years that President Barack Obama has been in office would be “even higher” if not for the president’s “work.”
January 13, 2017, 9:47 AM EST
At his weekly briefing with reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that the 2015 reconciliation bill that defunded Planned Parenthood for one year would be the model for this year’s reconciliation bill and that federal dollars should be directed to federally qualified health care centers rather than the nation’s largest abortion provider.
January 12, 2017, 1:32 PM EST
( – Witnesses at the Wednesday confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be the next U.S. attorney general praised the senator as a man who has helped people regardless of their race.
January 11, 2017, 2:44 PM EST
( – Although Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said her “personally” gets along with his Senate colleague Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – the Trump administration’s nominee for attorney general – he did not say whether he thinks Sessions “is a man of high character,” as described by a group of black pastors earlier this week.
January 10, 2017, 2:49 PM EST
( – At a press conference in the Cannon Office Building on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus said they were standing up for a young artist’s constitutional rights by reinstalling a painting that depicts police officers as pigs and other animals, saying that cops who have killed teenagers have displayed “animalistic behavior.”
January 9, 2017, 3:46 PM EST
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said at a press conference in the nation’s capital on Thursday that when it comes to U.S. cyber security, the country is on the losing end.
January 9, 2017, 2:02 PM EST
Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said last week that opening up offshore production of oil and natural gas could create more than 800,000 U.S. jobs and provide some $200 billion in revenue to the federal Treasury.
January 6, 2017, 5:15 PM EST
( – Speaking to reporters at U.S. Capitol on Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that only “tweaks” were made to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, under a reconciliation bill before it was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, and, in fact, the process was “bipartisan.”
January 6, 2017, 1:27 PM EST
( – At her weekly briefing with journalists House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized them from reporting on the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), calling them ‘accomplices’ in what she said was an effort by Russia to disrupt the U.S. presidential election.
January 5, 2017, 1:32 PM EST
( -- When asked how and when the Republican-dominant House of Representatives would pass legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said the legislation "will be in our reconciliation bill," and provided no further information.
January 4, 2017, 4:28 PM EST
( – As the Obama Administration comes to a close, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing ahead with its plan to restrict more federal land from future mining operations by putting 10 million acres in six states off limits.
January 3, 2017, 3:45 PM EST
( -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he welcomes input from Democrats for "the new health care bill" the GOP is crafting to replace Obamacare, stressing that he has already reached out to state officials of both parties to get their "ideas" on the future legislation.
December 9, 2016, 3:17 PM EST
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 9, 2016.
December 9, 2016, 2:58 PM EST
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Friday that his city and the state of Illinois support the values he and his wife are teaching their children, including a law that “embraces gay marriage.”