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 25, 2016, 4:32 PM EST
Brandon and Brittany Buell were told that because of a severe brain malformation they should abort their 17-week-old unborn son, but the couple continued the pregnancy, even though doctors told them their child would never see, hear, talk or walk, if he survived at all.
January 25, 2016, 11:19 AM EST
A woman holding a sign that read “Conceived From Rape” at the March for Life on Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., said that she is not the child of a rapist but a “child of God” and that all life should be defended.
January 22, 2016, 5:14 PM EST
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Friday at an event marking the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, that there is a majority in Congress who want to stop giving federal funds to Planned Parenthood but the “missing ingredient” is a president who is pro-life.
January 21, 2016, 5:17 PM EST
The Department of Homeland Security released a report on Tuesday on visa entry/exit overstays for fiscal year 2015 that shows 1,282 people from countries designated by the State Department as State Sponsors of Terror overstayed their temporary visa.
January 20, 2016, 3:44 PM EST
In an interview with National Public Radio host Scott Simon on Saturday, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha said that helping children exposed to lead in drinking water in Flint, Mich., will require “evidence-based intervention,” including universal pre-school and more federal funding for the government-run preschool program Head Start.
January 18, 2016, 7:10 PM EST
The State Department special envoy on climate change said on Friday that although a recent poll shows that 62 percent of Americans don’t think climate change will pose a threat in their lifetime, a sampling of “good polling” would reveal increasing public concern.
January 18, 2016, 1:10 PM EST
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, issued an audio statement over the weekend reacting to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s announcement Friday that the Obama administration will halt issuing leases for coal production on federal lands.
January 15, 2016, 4:36 PM EST
In a letter sent to the Secretary of the Navy on Friday, six House Republicans want answers about the seizure of U.S. Navy sailors on Tuesday, and the document says that rather than apologizing to the Islamic Republic of Iran for entering its waters, U.S. officials should apologize to the American people for allowing service members to be put in harm’s way.
January 13, 2016, 1:47 PM EST
When asked about President Barack Obama’s legacy ahead of his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said he would be remembered for his support for the nation’s largest abortion provider and for increasing the number of people receiving federal food assistance. 
January 13, 2016, 12:44 PM EST
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said that despite the claims in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama’s legacy will be one of failures and broken promises.
January 13, 2016, 9:41 AM EST
Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) told on Tuesday night that President Obama’s empty chair prop at the State of the Union address could have represented victims other than those who died from being shot with a gun.
January 12, 2016, 12:06 PM EST
Tony Perkins, president of the pro-family and Christian advocacy group Family Research Council, said on Monday that court decisions in the United States have “gravely weakened” the American family, including allowing minors access to birth control, same-sex marriage and abortion on demand.
January 11, 2016, 11:40 AM EST
After attending a screening of the new film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NFL quarterback and outspoken Christian Tim Tebow praised the courage of the security team depicted in the film as they tried to defend the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from an attack by radical Islamic terrorists in 2012.
January 8, 2016, 3:04 PM EST
During a discussion on U.S. foreign policy and how the next president can restore U.S. leadership around the world, Rep. Ed Royce (R- Calif.), head of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the next president should have a “new strategy” when it comes to fighting radical Islamic terrorism.
January 8, 2016, 2:53 PM EST
Two Iraqi-born refugees – one living in Texas and the other in California – were in federal court Friday facing terror-related charges, a fact the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said is proof that the U.S. refugee program could be exploited by terrorists.
January 7, 2016, 4:05 PM EST
When asked Thursday about federal data showing that fossil fuels will provide about 80 percent of the world’s energy needs through 2040 and that U.S. carbon emissions are at the lowest they’ve been in decades, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator said that it’s impossible to predict the future.
January 6, 2016, 3:52 PM EST
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said on Wednesday that it is too early to judge Paul Ryan’s job as speaker of the House, but that to date, he doesn’t seem any different than his predecessor Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).
January 6, 2016, 12:36 PM EST
The men who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to establish the first permanent English settlement in what would become the state of Virginia were clear that their mission in establishing a home in the New World was to give God glory and promote the message of Christianity.
January 5, 2016, 9:40 PM EST
American Petroleum Institute president and CEO Jack Gerard said Tuesday that federal government data show the United States will continue to rely on fossil fuels as its main source of energy for decades to come, despite efforts by environmentalists to work toward a goal of banning them.