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

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.”
December 9, 2016, 10:01 AM EST
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said Thursday that “one-size-fits-all” federal regulations “need to stop,” citing one such regulation that he says could put as many as 77,000 coal miners out of work.
December 7, 2016, 4:31 PM EST
( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal to cut Medicaid spending over time to help balance the federal budget would prevent seniors from seeing the doctor of their choosing.
December 7, 2016, 3:35 PM EST
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who chair their respective Senate and House Judiciary Committees, sent a letter on Tuesday to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry asking them to declassify documents from their behind-closed-doors deal with Australia to admit 2,400 refugees into the United States that were rejected by that country.
December 6, 2016, 5:56 PM EST
Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said on Tuesday that the states, not bureaucrats in Washington, should be in charge of health care and that people should have the freedom to make choices as health care consumers.
December 6, 2016, 11:33 AM EST
Following the revelation early this year that Volkswagen had failed to accurately report its emissions test results for its diesel vehicles, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $14.7 billion settlement with the German automaker that included $2.7 billion to promote education and infrastructure for electric vehicles across the United States.
December 5, 2016, 3:28 PM EST
Native Americans and other activists vow to continue their protest over the final stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline under the Lake Oahe near Standing Rock, N.D., but at another reservation in the state, Native Americans are happy about the prosperity that pipelines have brought to their community.
December 2, 2016, 5:29 PM EST
( – Conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell said on Friday that Barack Obama has acted more like a dictator than a president, and that President-elect Donald Trump should make it a priority to “restore the rule of law.”
December 2, 2016, 1:01 PM EST
The House this week passed a Concurrent Resolution opposing any resolution by the United Nations Security Council to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian State or take any actions that are “one-sided and anti-Israel,” and several Republican lawmakers held a press conference on Wednesday urging President Obama to veto any such resolution and not to abandon long-standing U.S. policy toward Israel during the lame duck session.
December 1, 2016, 3:40 PM EST
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said on Thursday that because Congress has failed to reform the federal criminal justice system, many who are incarcerated are “political prisoners.”
December 1, 2016, 2:52 PM EST
( – Reggie Littlejohn, president of the human rights advocacy group Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, has written an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to investigate the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for what she said is its complicity in Communist China’s coercive population control policies, including forced abortion.
November 30, 2016, 9:39 PM EST
National Public Radio reported last week on Los Angeles’ status as a sanctuary city -- one of a number of American cities where authorities refuse to enforce federal immigration laws by allowing law enforcement to check on the legal status of residents. In that Nov. 24 interview, Mayor Eric Garcetti said it would be hard to enforce the law, even if he wanted to.
November 30, 2016, 4:54 PM EST
( – In a conversation about homeland security under a Trump administration, House Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said that political correctness should not prevent the United States from naming the enemy that has killed and injured Americans here and abroad: “radical Islamist extremism.”
November 29, 2016, 3:51 PM EST
Musician David Crosby gave a concert in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, but the interview that was posted on the Tampa Bay Times’ website on Wednesday and published in the Sunday print edition focused not as much on music but the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States.
November 29, 2016, 2:56 PM EST
Liberal activists expressed concern Tuesday about the appointments that President-elect Donald Trump has made thus far – including Wade Henderson, president of the left-wing The Leadership Conference (TLC) on Civil and Human Rights, who said Trump’s senior counselor Steve Bannon, would be ‘a heartbeat away’ from becoming president.
November 23, 2016, 2:05 PM EST
( – A director at a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C. said on Tuesday that white privilege and white supremacy led to the Energy Transfer oil pipeline project that includes land in North Dakota, and compared it to building a pipeline under Arlington Cemetery and across the Potomac River.
November 22, 2016, 3:23 PM EST
President-elect Donald Trump isn’t officially in office yet, but speculation about his transition plan includes buzz about what Twitter handle the new president will use.