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

August 12, 2015, 9:37 AM EDT
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 99,580 ‘Other Than Mexican’ families and unaccompanied children along the U.S. border with Mexico so far through June of fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015).
August 11, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
In the wake of a series of gruesome undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood medical staff discussing harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies, a National Public Radio reporter claimed that efforts by states to defund the nation's largest abortion provider has had a "big impact," including contributing to an HIV epidemic in Indiana.
August 11, 2015, 5:22 PM EDT
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday that the EPA is “taking responsibility” following the inadvertent release by an EPA cleanup team of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals from an abandoned gold mine in Colorado that flooded into the Animas and San Juan River valleys.
August 10, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT
In a blog posted on Friday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, the department boasts that food stamp spending at U.S. farmers markets has increased “nearly six-fold” since 2008. 
August 7, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
A group of black pastors sent a letter to the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery asking that the bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger be removed from the museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, citing her support for eugenics and the targeting of minorities by the nation’s largest abortion provider.
August 4, 2015, 6:33 PM EDT
President George W. Bush, rather than President Barack Obama, will be best remembered for a legacy of having helped the African people, a Nigerian civil rights activist and attorney said on Tuesday.
August 3, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT
Documentary filmmaker Edward Watts told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week that thousands of non-Muslim girls, many of them from Yazidi communities, are forced into sexual slavery and ordered to marry Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.
August 3, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT
(AP Photo, File)Yahoo Parenting reported on Thursday that an 18-year-old girl who began her “transition” to male last year, took steps to ensure “he” could have a biologically-related child.
July 30, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took to Twitter like millions of others on Wednesday, amid international outrage over a lion killed by an American big-game hunter in Africa.
July 29, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT
(AP Photo)In 2012, President Barack Obama in a video message to supporters of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Political Action Committee pledged to fight efforts in Congress to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider.
July 28, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT
Congress will decide within 51 days whether the U.S. will accept a nuclear agreement with Iran, a country that its “mortal and unrepentant enemy” and is responsible for the deaths of Americans, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said on Tuesday.
July 28, 2015, 10:44 AM EDT
Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Political Action Committee posted two requests on its Facebook page for supporters to sign “thank you” notes for doctors and other staff employed at its abortion clinics.
July 27, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT
Citing a 1997 court settlement on housing illegal immigrant children in U.S. custody, a federal judge in California ruled on Friday that the illegal alien minors and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally and are in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers should get “prompt” release.
July 24, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT
The Obama administration has introduced homosexual rights policies across federal agencies, including at the Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement website, which links to a guide that rates placement providers and communities on LGBT-friendly services, including having “culturally competent mental health providers” and “LGBT-affirming places of worship.”
July 24, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT
Conservatives gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to lay claim to the issue of reforming the United States criminal system, including ending the minimum mandatory sentencing laws that were passed by the Democrat majority in Congress three decades ago.
July 23, 2015, 9:48 AM EDT
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is promoting a guide for “educators, human services providers and allies” that “provides information for educators, human service providers and allies about supporting the health and well-being of children and youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and/or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and their families.” 
July 22, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT
Fifty U.S. senators, 49 Republicans and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, are calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to investigate Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s “practice of harvesting the organs of unborn babies.”
July 21, 2015, 8:03 AM EDT
Steve Cook, president of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys (NAAUSA), said his organization opposes President Barack Obama's decision to commute the sentences of 46 convicted felons and his push for more lenient sentences for "low-level," "non-violent" drug traffickers.
July 20, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT
GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday he believes military leaders should decide whether to allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military, and he will abide by that decision.
July 17, 2015, 11:41 AM EDT
Last week, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would remove the words “husband” and “wife” from the language used in federal law – a move that had drawn ire from faith leaders and family advocacy groups that see this legislation as expected fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.