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

October 29, 2015, 10:44 AM EDT
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said on Wednesday that she will back the budget plan agreed to by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama because of the necessity of having money to fund appropriations bills.
October 28, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
The French foreign minister in charge of the United Nations climate change summit, set for Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, said in June that he hopes to get the U.S. to join an international agreement to reduce and limit greenhouse gas emissions without getting approval from the U.S. Senate.
October 27, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT
Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, conjured up evil during her performance on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars’” Halloween-themed show on Monday, according to the judges.
October 26, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT
In a video posted on YouTube, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking youth to join a work group of “youth climate justice leaders.”
October 22, 2015, 2:55 PM EDT
A report released by the American Enterprise Institute’s Institute for Family Studies showed that strong families have a direct impact on the economy in the states where they live and work and that married parents raising children are better predictors of economic mobility, child poverty and median family income than other demographics such as race or education.
October 20, 2015, 3:13 PM EDT
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday to request that criminal illegal aliens convicted of drug crimes, who are set to be released from federal prisons following a sentencing commission decision, be deported rather than be allowed to stay in the U.S.
October 20, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) said the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed last month at his Dallas high school after a teacher confiscated what looked like a homemade bomb in the teen’s backpack was not because of the suspicious item, but because of Islamophobia.
October 19, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the recipients of nearly $1.2 million in grants to non-profit and tribal organizations “to address environmental justice issues nationwide.”
October 19, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
New York Magazine recently profiled several longtime abortionists -- including some who performed abortions before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973.
October 15, 2015, 1:12 PM EDT
Retired Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, a military strategist with the Pentagon, said on Wednesday that President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East has “accelerated Christian genocide” and left the region in chaos.
October 15, 2015, 10:57 AM EDT
Led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), conservative members of Congress have sent a letter to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery demanding that a bust of Planned Parenthood founder and eugenicist Margaret Sanger be removed from its “Struggle for Justice” permanent exhibit.
October 14, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wants the American people to pick the woman whose face will replace Founding Father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, but will he listen to them if they pick, for example, Beyonce?
October 13, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday he is “committed” to making sure that any Syrian refugees resettling in the United States will get the proper vetting while acknowledging that the federal government won’t “know a whole lot” about the individuals who gain access to the country through the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and Resettlement.
October 12, 2015, 2:51 PM EDT
On a trip to Cuba last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker praised a socialist youth group practicing to demonstrate its allegiance to Fidel Castro, saying they would be happy and make their parents proud with such a display.
October 12, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT
During his speech at the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Saturday in Washington, D.C., Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan said that even if women choose to have an abortion, it would be “so tragic” if the next Jesus, Moses or Abraham were killed while in the womb.
October 12, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT
In a proclamation marking Columbus Day issued by the White House on Friday, President Barack Obama said that while the federal holiday recognizes the accomplishments of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the New World, it is marred by mistreatment of indigenous people.
October 9, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at a discussion on infrastructure investment and job creation on Thursday that government can accomplish more than individuals.
October 9, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT
Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he and President Barack Obama made “tough and incredibly unpopular decisions” when they took office, including the Affordable Care Act, supporting the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
October 8, 2015, 12:13 PM EDT
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday that the only thing the United States should fear when it comes to competing in the global economy is “us.”
October 8, 2015, 9:34 AM EDT
The federal government is auctioning off 343,833 acres of offshore federal land for wind energy development on Nov. 9, with bidding coming from 13 companies deemed to be “legally, technically and financially qualified” to participate.