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 9, 2016, 3:15 PM EDT
The Center for Immigration Studies released a study on Monday showing that households headed by immigrants – illegal and legal – in the United States used more than $6,200 in welfare benefits in 2012 or 41 percent more than native households.
May 9, 2016, 2:16 PM EDT
The federal government’s anti-bullying website posted a blog last month touting the OUT for Safe Schools program started by homosexual activists in the Los Angeles, Calif., public schools where “rainbow badges” are worn by teachers and staff to identify them as “allies” of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender students.
May 9, 2016, 11:50 AM EDT
The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday that the agency is very good at making rules requiring individuals, businesses and state and local governments to comply with laws related to “protecting” the environment.
May 6, 2016, 3:08 PM EDT
Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that the news reports of extreme weather, which he believes is caused by climate change, is like the end days described in the Bible’s New Testament’s Book of Revelation.
May 6, 2016, 11:58 AM EDT
Shaun Donovan, the director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama, said on Friday that the world’s commerce will be harmed when climate change causes the nation’s financial center to be flooded and transportation to come to a halt.
May 5, 2016, 4:43 PM EDT
Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that solving what he called the “climate crisis” would not only help the U.S. and global economy but could save civilization itself.
May 5, 2016, 3:36 PM EDT
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement on Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) informing him that HB2, the law he signed requiring state employees to use bathrooms and other public facilities according to their biological sex, violates the Civil Rights Act.
May 4, 2016, 3:35 PM EDT
Rev. Tony Evans said on Wednesday at a prayer gathering at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., that the destruction of the family in America will lead to the collapse of culture at large.
May 3, 2016, 12:30 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Energy announced on Monday that $25 million in grant funding is available for solar power projects through the “Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) effort.
May 2, 2016, 12:45 PM EDT
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Thursday that it is expanding Medicaid coverage to give “access to health care” to 96,000 people who face a prison sentence or have been incarcerated – or “justice-involved” individuals – as part of the federally designated National Re-Entry Week (April 24-30).
April 29, 2016, 2:43 PM EDT
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to make the nation’s roadways more “inclusive,” according to articles published by National Public Radio (NPR) and Think Progress, the reporting arm of the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP).
April 28, 2016, 4:46 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday that the Democrats’ goal to make homosexual marriage the law of the land could not be accomplished “legislatively,” but was achieved through “the courts.”
April 28, 2016, 3:32 PM EDT
Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said at a press conference on Thursday that the bill he sponsored to include “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was needed to counter state laws and proposed state laws that are “allowing religion to be used as an excuse for discrimination.”
April 27, 2016, 11:43 AM EDT
At a congressional field hearing in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the EPA has not fulfilled its promise to pay for damages done to Native American lands from the toxic spill of mine waste into waterways in Colorado, which eventually polluted water in that state, New Mexico, and Utah, and Navajo Nation land in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.
April 26, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Tuesday that biological males should not be allowed to use the women’s restroom in federal facilities and parks, stressing that men should use men's rooms and women use women's rooms. He added that he sees no "crisis" over this issue, no problem "to solve here."
April 26, 2016, 12:55 PM EDT
As part of “National Reentry Week” (April 24-30), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday $1.75 million will be given to public housing and non-profit legal groups to help youth who are released from incarceration – or “justice-involved” youth -- find jobs and housing.
April 25, 2016, 4:50 PM EDT
A group of middle school students from North Carolina visiting New York City last week were asked to stop singing the National Anthem at the 9/11 Memorial by security personnel halfway through their performance, a local ABC affiliate in that state reported.
April 25, 2016, 1:43 PM EDT