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

September 12, 2016, 12:39 PM EDT
Actor Jon Voight said on Friday that the country needs to turn back to the Constitution and “our founding principles.”
September 9, 2016, 2:18 PM EDT
Conservative activist Gary Bauer said on Friday at the Family Research Council’s 2016 Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., that the founders of the United States built the country on biblical principles, including the sanctity of life created in the “image of God.”
September 9, 2016, 2:03 PM EDT
Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said that protecting the religious liberty of Americans would require a “tooth and nail” fight against those who are undermining this most fundamental of rights.
September 9, 2016, 11:05 AM EDT
A new report by the United States Commission on Civil Rights supports the majority on the federal commission, who say that efforts to protect religious liberty and freedom are really a way for individuals and entities to discriminate against people who don’t share their beliefs.
September 8, 2016, 12:12 PM EDT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collecting data on women who are pregnant and infected with the Zika virus and the number of children born with birth defects, but they are not reporting the number of children born from virus-infected mothers who have no birth defects. 
September 7, 2016, 6:13 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Wednesday that Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood by banning their birth control services in the Zika funding bill was being “held hostage to the ideology” they have about contraceptives.
September 6, 2016, 11:58 AM EDT
Syrian refugees (AP Photo)A Syrian refugee who fled to Denmark has that socialist country’s officials rethinking its policies as he sought to reunite there with his three wives and 20 children, according to the British media outlet, 
September 2, 2016, 2:39 PM EDT
Although a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mexico and the United States on Thursday to protect Mexican nationals who are working in the U.S. does not extend to illegal aliens, a DOJ spokesperson said that “undocumented workers” will be encouraged to call a hotline to make workplace discrimination complaints and that they will be referred to agencies that can help them directly.
September 1, 2016, 8:27 PM EDT
Although many people think of eugenics as a bygone ideology once embraced by the likes of Adolph Hitler, the Rockefeller Foundation and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, efforts to perfect the human race are still practiced today through modern technology that allows for pre-natal screenings and genetic testing, according to Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.
August 31, 2016, 4:13 PM EDT
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AP) 
August 31, 2016, 1:54 PM EDT
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Aug. 15 the first federal grant funding available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions of higher education that will “carry out countering violent extremism programs,” with $10 million to be awarded following the Sept. 6 application deadline.
August 31, 2016, 11:34 AM EDT
In a more than 3,900-word proclamation establishing 87,500 acres of the Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine a national monument, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress and its power to create national parks – a move that has made some in the state unhappy, including the state’s governor, Republicans and an Independent lawmaker in the U.S. Congress.
August 30, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT
The 2016 Phil Delta Kappa International poll on the public’s assessment of public schools in the United States shows that a vast majority of respondents favor saving failing schools and a curricula that emphasizes technical/vocational skills over academics.
August 25, 2016, 7:07 PM EDT
Carol McBryant, the relevancy, diversity, and inclusion strategist for the National Park Service, said on Thursday that the continent belongs to indigenous people and that the most meaningful work she’s done during her 30 years with the federal agency is to “sit and listen” to them and “hear the pain” of their mistreatment. 
August 25, 2016, 12:50 PM EDT
Actress and left-wing activist Susan Sarandon said on Wednesday that the dangers posed by potential oil pipeline leaks and the mistreatment of Native Americans in the United States for “500 years” are reasons to oppose a four-state oil pipeline that includes land on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation on the South Dakota-North Dakota border.
August 17, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (yellow) attacking a human T cell. (National Institutes of Health)( – Gay and bisexual men comprised about 2 percent of the U.S.
August 16, 2016, 5:19 PM EDT
An official for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) told a Department of Education bullying summit on Friday that 15.3 percent of high school students in DCPS identify as either gay, lesbian, bisexual or “questioning” – i.e. not sure of their sexuality.
August 11, 2016, 7:35 PM EDT
When Haneefa De Clerq heard about Zika infections in Miami, Fla., she called the local television station to share her story about being the mother of two children born with microcephaly, a disease associated with the virus that can cause this and other birth defects.