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

December 18, 2015, 10:24 AM EST
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the “most significant threat” facing the United States and all of the civilized world is “radical Islamist terrorism.” 
December 16, 2015, 3:54 PM EST
When asked whether or not the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is operating in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Jeh Johnson did not directly answer the question.
December 16, 2015, 2:32 PM EST
To mark the 90th birthday of legendary actor Dick Van Dyke on Dec. 13, Disney arranged a flash mob to serenade the song and dance man known for his iconic roles in TV and film, including his performance as Bert the Chimney Sweep in Disney’s “Mary Poppins.”
December 16, 2015, 2:16 PM EST
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) acknowledged the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the District of Columbia v. Heller case that found D.C.’s gun laws violated the Second Amendment’s “individual right to keep and bear arms,” saying he believes people should be able to have a gun to “protect themselves.”
December 15, 2015, 3:10 PM EST
The global climate change agreement adopted at the United Nation’s conference in Paris is making headlines, but a federal government website dedicated to weather makes the case that the warmest time on Earth happened before mankind existed, and in fact, it was at one time so hot that crocodiles lived among palm trees in the Arctic Circle.
December 14, 2015, 3:36 PM EST
Scientists who back the United Nations-backed climate change agreement adopted in Paris say it won’t stop global warming and to reach that goal will require future commitments that will eventually put an end to the use of fossil fuels.
December 11, 2015, 3:05 PM EST
In an interview with a Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter, actor Kurt Russell said that gun control won’t do anything to stop terrorists and that to think otherwise is “absolutely insane.”
December 9, 2015, 5:22 PM EST
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December 9, 2015, 4:32 PM EST
At a press conference on Wednesday to announce a new initiative to help youth in the nation’s troubled inner cities, the Rev. Cecil Blye, senior pastor at More Grace Ministries in Louisville, Ky., said federal policies designed to fight poverty in the black community have instead “destroyed” families.
December 8, 2015, 4:35 PM EST
In an interview with a Christian leader, National Public Radio Host Linda Wertheimer asked if the man who killed three people at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado last month should be called a “Christian terrorist.”
December 7, 2015, 11:32 AM EST
In a tweet posted on Sunday, Jason Benham said his 11-year-old son was concerned that expressing one’s belief in Jesus Christ could put one in danger.
December 4, 2015, 5:24 PM EST
At a hearing of the Congressional Executive Commission on China on Thursday, a Chinese woman who is pregnant with her second child -- and who fled to the United States with her husband and son -- said the official government policy change from one-child to two will not stop forced abortions that number at least 13 million a year and amount to the “torture” of Chinese women.
December 4, 2015, 2:12 PM EST
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) claims that climate change will cause the disappearance of the glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park in just 20 years.
December 2, 2015, 2:36 PM EST
The Benham brothers spoke to a Charlotte, N.C., television reporter on Monday about the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic last week that claimed the lives of three people, saying that people who are pro-life would have acted to save lives not take them.
December 1, 2015, 8:23 PM EST
A new report by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism reveals that federal and state law enforcement agencies have arrested 71 individuals on ISIS-related charges since March 2014 – 56 of those in 2015 alone, making it the most terror-related arrests in one year since Sept. 11, 2001.
December 1, 2015, 1:00 PM EST
The Liberty Counsel, a non-profit group dedicated to advancing religious freedom, has released a list of “naughty” or “nice” businesses based on their support or censoring of Christmas in seasonal advertising and promotions.
December 1, 2015, 1:21 AM EST
The Prime Minister of India tweeted on Monday that the future of global energy will come from the sun.
November 18, 2015, 9:51 PM EST
President Barack Obama formally rejected the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline earlier this month, citing its contribution to climate change, but a State Department report shows greenhouse gas emissions from the alternative method of rail delivery would actually increase. 
November 17, 2015, 11:19 AM EST
The taxpayer-funded Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery has added a photo of a transgender sex worker to its “Struggle for Justice” civil rights exhibit.
November 16, 2015, 12:28 PM EST
The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said on Sunday that President Barack Obama’s “law enforcement” approach to fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “ridiculous.”