Penny Starr joined CNSNews.com 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 CNSNews.com, 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.

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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.”
June 9, 2015, 11:02 AM EDT
The Tony Awards ended its Sunday night broadcast by announcing that “Fun Home,” a long-shot musical about a young girl “coming out” as a lesbian and the subsequent suicide of her father who never admitted he was gay, won Best Musical for 2015, but it seems Americans weren’t as interested in that as they were about the battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors for the NBA championship title.
June 9, 2015, 7:39 AM EDT
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew was booed Sunday at the Jerusalem Post’s annual conference in New York City when he said President Barack Obama and his administration has done more than any of his predecessors to advance the security of Israel.
June 3, 2015, 4:54 PM EDT
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) was joined religious freedom advocates at a press conference on Wednesday to announce legislation he is introducing in Congress to protect religious individuals and institutions from government infringement on religious expression, particularly in the wake of what could be the Supreme Court ruling that homosexuals have a constitutional right to marry.
June 1, 2015, 3:13 PM EDT
Paul Harvey, the legendary ABC radio commentator, spoke about the threat posed by the cultural wars in the United States of America, but the essay -- entitled “If I Were the Devil” -- was written by the late Harvey more than 50 years ago on April 3, 1965.
May 31, 2015, 6:25 PM EDT
Almost 10 months since Congress overwhelming passed legislation creating a special envoy to protect religious minorities in the Middle East and South Central Asia, the White House has no news on when the post will be filled.
May 29, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT
The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, said he believes that if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in June that homosexual marriage is a Constitutional right, it  “will destroy our country,” and added that “there are people who would like to see this country destroyed.”
May 28, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat on May 21, 2015. (CNSNew.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – On May 17, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated the marriage of two men and used the occasion to cite her constitutional right to do so.
May 28, 2015, 3:43 PM EDT
The U.S. State Department’s new envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) spoke on Tuesday about the U.S. mission to put in place constitutional protections for homosexuals in countries around the globe and how that those protections make “a more durable, healthier nation.”
May 28, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT
The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted.
May 26, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT
Randy Berry, the State Department’s first named envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, said on Tuesday he is leaving on a 15-country, five-week trip to encourage foreign government to include protection for homosexuals in their constitutions.
May 22, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said  Thursday that the United States cannot defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) if President Barack Obama is unwilling to accurately define this group or other terrorists groups operating in the Middle East and elsewhere.
May 21, 2015, 5:27 PM EDT
The United States has myriad problems, best-selling author Joel Rosenberg said on Thursday at a pastors’ retreat in the nation’s capitol, but the greatest threat it faces, he said, is the sin of abortion and the 57 million babies who have been killed at the hand of an abortionist.
May 21, 2015, 3:09 PM EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the Family Research Council's annual Watchmen on the Wall pastors' retreat on May 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – Sen.
May 21, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT
The problems facing the United States are not political in nature, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said at FRC’s Christian pastor retreat in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
May 20, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that the Obama administration’s decision to end the program that created a federal and state partnership to enforce the nation’s immigration laws means that reporting criminal illegal aliens to federal authorities is “entirely” voluntary.
May 20, 2015, 12:10 PM EDT
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said Tuesday that Republicans who want border security as the first step in immigration reform are insisting on a “false idea.”