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 4, 2015, 3:16 PM EDT
A Chinese attorney who escaped house arrest in his home country for his efforts to protect women from forced abortion for violating the government’s one-child policy said on Thursday that in the 35 years since the practice hundreds of millions of babies have been killed.
May 4, 2015, 2:38 PM EDT
Freeman Dyson, an award-winning British scientist and retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that the science on climate change isn’t “at all clear,” and in fact, humans are actually helping the planet.
May 1, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that the Obama administration’s push to give legal status to some illegal aliens is at least in part responsible for the thousands of illegal alien children that have been streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico from Central America over the last couple years.
May 1, 2015, 2:54 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Friday that one of the reforms necessary to fix the immigration system in the United States is to track people who come to the country using a temporary visa to make sure they leave when it expires.
April 30, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
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April 29, 2015, 4:37 PM EDT
America’s favorite pastime is the latest victim in the city of Baltimore where protests over the death of a black man in police custody turned into a violent riot resulted in injured officers and widespread damage to homes and businesses in recent days.
April 29, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT
A few of the “19 Kids and Counting” Duggar girls were tapped by People magazine to be included in its 2015 Most Beautiful Issue. In a video posted on the Duggar Family Blog website, they dish out advice for what matriarch Michelle Duggar calls “modern modest.”
April 28, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT
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April 27, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
Lee Stoneking already knew about the miracles Jesus Christ performed when he walked the earth. As a pastor for decades, he has preached the gospel and told anyone who would listen the good news of Jesus Christ and his power to heal, restore and provide eternal salvation for those who believe.
April 27, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT
In the wake of Saturday’s protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddy Gray, a black man who died while in police custody, businesses were vandalized and people who live in the neighborhood along Howard Avenue were not happy about it.
April 27, 2015, 4:16 PM EDT
  Attorney Gene Schaerr spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on same-sex marriage at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2015. ( Starr)
April 24, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT
  Paul Smith, attorney and partner at Jenner & Block, spoke at an event to discuss the upcoming same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 24, 2015. ( Starr)
April 23, 2015, 6:26 PM EDT
Dr. Gail Bolan, director of Centers for Disease Control's Division of STD Prevention, spoke at an event hosted by the National Coalition of STD Directors on April 23, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)
April 23, 2015, 11:19 AM EDT
  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) spoke at the Heritage Foundation's Conversations with Conservatives event on April 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)
April 17, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT
( – Tax week is not something to celebrate for most Americans, but one member of Congress took advantage of the occasion to seek passage of a bill he said would protect U.S. taxpayers from IRS officials or staff using personal e-mail accounts for government business.
April 15, 2015, 10:43 AM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke at a press conference on April 14, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol. ( Starr)
April 13, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
Since California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown imposed water restrictions on the state’s residents on April 1, people have suddenly become interested in what government officials have described as “one of the most severe droughts on record.”