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

April 17, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT
( – Tax week is not something to celebrate for most Americans, but one member of Congress took advantage of the occasion to seek passage of a bill he said would protect U.S. taxpayers from IRS officials or staff using personal e-mail accounts for government business.
April 15, 2015, 10:43 AM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke at a press conference on April 14, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol. ( Starr)
April 13, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
Since California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown imposed water restrictions on the state’s residents on April 1, people have suddenly become interested in what government officials have described as “one of the most severe droughts on record.”
April 10, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT
In a packed room at the Sierra Club’s campus in Washington, D.C. environmental activists gave former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a rock star greeting as he announced he was adding $30 million to the $50 million he has already donated to help the club in its efforts to close American coal-powered plants.
April 10, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT
Reuters is reporting that an aide to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the State Department has recommended the “state sponsor of terror” status of Cuba be revoked, a move seemed timed to coincide with President Barack Obama’s attendance at a summit of Latin American countries in Panama, where he is expected to meet with Cuba’s Communist dictator Raul Castro.
April 9, 2015, 6:35 PM EDT
( – Islamic terrorists who have taken over large swathes of land in northern and western Iraq, including the city of Mosul, indirectly helped form the new government in Iraq, which realized it had to coalesce, unite various factions in the country to confront the terrori
April 8, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT
( – At a press briefing at the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat,  announced that he is contributing $30 million to the Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign, which is designed to shut down the nation’s coal plants.
April 7, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT
( – Speaking at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday about affordable housing, Vice President Joe Biden said home ownership helped him pay for his children’s college education, even if that would not be the case today because of the amount of money he earns.
April 6, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT
( – While debate over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act swirls around whether abortion should be made available for young women who are sexually assaulted and become pregnant, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr.
April 2, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT
The abortion industry is sinking to a new low in its bid to abort more unborn children in Maryland.
April 1, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT
Apparently, parents should visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to find out how to teach their children good eating habits.
April 1, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
( -- Max Boot, a military historian and former adviser to U.S.
March 31, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT
  Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. ( Starr)
March 31, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT
( - U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, an Obama appointee on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, ruled earlier this month that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, allows transgender people to sue if they feel they have been discriminated against by a health care provider.
March 26, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women issued a report on March 20 condemning one country in particular for its mistreatment of women – Israel.
March 24, 2015, 5:26 PM EDT
  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) spoke at a press conference about immigration on March 24, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)