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

June 26, 2015, 1:34 PM EDT
Conservatives were united in their response to a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court issued on Friday giving same-sex couples a right to marry: the fight to preserve traditional marriage is not over.
June 25, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT
Republicans in Congress and a wide range of conservative advocacy groups reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion on Thursday that gives legitimacy to providing federal subsidies for health insurance policies in states that opted not to set up exchanges, despite the law’s explicit requirement that subsidies only be given to state-established exchanges, not the federal-established exchange.
June 25, 2015, 6:16 AM EDT
"I have reached the conclusion that we must make substantial changes in our detention practices with respect to families with children," Johnson announced Wednesday in a news release. "In short, once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued."
June 24, 2015, 3:04 PM EDT
Yahoo Parenting’s website reports that there has been an increase in the popularity of “gender-neutral” baby names. The article cites a survey by the website BabyCenter.
June 23, 2015, 5:27 PM EDT
When asked at an American Petroleum Institute (API) event on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. about the claim that the Keystone XL Pipeline and other oil and natural gas infrastructure projects only provide temporary jobs during the construction phase, union President Terry O’Sullivan, said the claim was “moronic.
June 23, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT
The federally funded Library of Congress held an event to mark Gay Pride Month on Thursday to showcase the publication of literature focused on the homosexual lifestyle, including a gay man’s photography of nude male subjects and poetry by gays and lesbians about their homosexuality.
June 19, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT
Kids in low-income communities statistically do poorer in terms of school performance near the end of each month, in part, because “they start getting hungry” as their food stamps “start running out,” said President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday.  
June 19, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States with a multi-million-dollar budget and taxpayer funding through the federal Title X family planning law, has launched a pilot program in California to allow smart phone owners to use an app to get tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases.
June 18, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of its summer meal programs beyond the $500 million of taxpayer dollars used to pay for last year’s effort, with a goal of serving an unprecedented 200 million meals to “children” 18 or younger, not only on school campuses, but at other sites, including at home.
June 17, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said at a press conference held to release a report on the “State of the World’s Fathers” on Wednesday that children need both parents, “a mother and a father,” in their lives.
June 17, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT
Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that climate change is the “single most important thing” that he and President Barack Obama will address during their eight years in office.
June 16, 2015, 6:58 PM EDT
John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s top science and technology advisor, said at a White House summit on clean energy on Tuesday that a “global low-carbon economy” by the year 2050 means that “cars, trucks and planes” will be powered by “electricity, biofuels or hydrogen.”
June 15, 2015, 3:20 PM EDT
Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church on the infamous south side of Chicago, wants Republican presidential candidates to speak to his congregation, because being black doesn’t mean you have to be a member of the Democrat Party – which he says has failed to help his community.
June 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT
Michael Braun, former chief of operations for the Drug Enforcement Agency and managing partner at SGI Global, a global security group, spoke on June 11, 2015 at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
June 12, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT
Clinton said, "the Iranian regime already exports terrorism."
June 12, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT
President Barack Obama on Monday announced four administration posts – three ambassadors and one to join the presidential commission that selects individuals for White House fellowships.
June 11, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT
At a conference hosted by the Jerusalem Post in New York City on Sunday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew addressed the pending international nuclear agreement with Iran, and both agreed that the regime in that country cannot be trusted.
June 10, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT
Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon and founder and president of the Common Good Foundation, spoke at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 2015 about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.
June 10, 2015, 1:09 PM EDT
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), part of the Interior Department, will decide by September 30 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered or threatened species under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA).
June 9, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT
During an interview with Marketplace on the White-House approved Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill (TPP), President Barack Obama said fast-track approval of the legislation would help advance his climate change agenda, which he said is one of his “highest priorities.”