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 31, 2016, 4:55 PM EDT
A report by the Pew Research Center based on data from the federal government estimated that the number of babies born in the United States to illegal alien mothers in 2014 was 275,000 – a decrease from the estimated 330,000 born in 2009.
October 31, 2016, 2:08 PM EDT
The Arctic Energy Center announced last week that a coalition of Alaskans are petitioning the federal government to grant leases for oil and gas exploration and production in and offshore of the North Slope, including the Inupiat tribe.
October 31, 2016, 11:09 AM EDT
Pop star Hilary Duff is in trouble with the politically-correct crowd for choosing to dress up as a pilgrim for Halloween. She responded to critics by apologizing on Twitter.
October 28, 2016, 1:10 PM EDT
The Obama Administration launched a workers’ rights website on Friday that includes the expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
October 28, 2016, 10:17 AM EDT
An Iranian woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard searched her home and found a notebook that contained a fictional story she’d written about a woman who was stoned to death, according to the Eurasia Review.
October 27, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT
( – Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said on Wednesday that the Constitution contains everything needed to interpret the law, despite efforts by some to downplay certain portions of it, particularly the Second Amendment.
October 26, 2016, 5:06 PM EDT
( – The new National African American Museum of History and Culture does not include some prominent black men and women in its exhibits, including Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Critics of the exclusion expressed irony that a museum dedicated to telling the African American story has chosen to omit certain blacks, despite their success and the significant role they play in that story.
October 26, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT
President Barack Obama has said many times that we cannot “drill our way to lower gas prices.” But according to a Heritage Foundation report on the vast oil and gas resources in the United States, that is simply not true.
October 25, 2016, 2:08 PM EDT
The former Home Secretary in the British Parliament and others in the government are calling on “age tests” to deal with the influx of immigrant youth seeking asylum as some question whether some are adults posing as children, the UK Daily Mail reported last week.
October 24, 2016, 8:39 PM EDT
Mark Paoletta could certainly have personal reasons to take an interest in the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
October 24, 2016, 12:36 PM EDT
The United States is ranked 41st in a 2016 global index produced earlier this year by Reporters Without Borders.
October 20, 2016, 3:43 PM EDT
The woman who was in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, said at a conference focused on the health care law on Tuesday that moving to a public option as a fix for the troubled government program would be “a huge mistake.”
October 20, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT
The StandUnited website has launched a petition to have Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas included in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
October 19, 2016, 4:16 PM EDT
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said on Wednesday that places known to be “gun free” are targeted by criminals or terrorists who seek a location for an attack.
October 18, 2016, 9:24 PM EDT
In celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, National Right to Life is distributing stories from parents who are sharing the blessing of choosing life for their children with the genetic disorder.
October 18, 2016, 10:53 AM EDT
“More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in the spring. 
October 18, 2016, 10:16 AM EDT
The new Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s tagline is “powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community.” However, the museum – with a $540 million price tag funded 50 percent by U.S. taxpayers – doesn’t include many prominent blacks, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Edward Brooke, a Republican who became the first African American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote in 1966.
October 17, 2016, 12:49 PM EDT
On the 100th anniversary of eugenicist Margaret Sanger’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday, Planned Parenthood retweeted a commentary published on the Rewire website that states that the United States is founded on racism and that attempts by the pro-life movement to paint Sanger with that same broad brush are only meant to “shame” black women.
October 17, 2016, 11:42 AM EDT
Planned Parenthood Federation of America marks its 100th birthday on Oct. 16, the day in 1916 that eugenicist Margaret Sanger opened the first “birth control” clinic in Brooklyn. Over the last few decades since abortion became legal in 1973, Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, ended the life of at least 6,803,782 babies.
October 14, 2016, 2:17 PM EDT
Which branch of the U.S. military has the most overweight troops? The Army, followed by the Air Force and the Navy, according to data from the Department of Defense and reported by the Military Times.