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

November 18, 2016, 1:07 PM EST
Fueled by a social media post by actress and comedienne Amy Schumer, Planned Parenthood is boasting about donations being made to its Indiana and Kentucky affiliate in the name of Republican Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who as a congressman and governor has fought for pro-life legislation and policies.
November 17, 2016, 7:36 PM EST
At a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said that President Bill Clinton’s support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “planted the seeds” that led to Hillary Clinton’s lost presidential bid.
November 17, 2016, 2:17 PM EST
When asked if Republicans would pass legislation to stop all federal funding to Planned Parenthood as long as it performs abortions at its clinics, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) did not directly answer the question, instead citing a bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this session that would have temporarily blocked funds to the nation’s largest abortion provider for one year.
November 15, 2016, 1:38 PM EST
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November 15, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
People are accessorizing to make a political statement about the results of the presidential election, wearing safety pins to show they support people they believe may be targeted by President-elect Donald Trump, including immigrants, racial and religious minorities, women and the LGBT community, according to the New York Times.
November 14, 2016, 2:52 PM EST
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state of North Dakota and health providers challenging a federal regulation that would force doctors and others to perform gender transition procedures on children even if it’s believed these procedures could harm a child.
November 14, 2016, 11:33 AM EST
People who work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy are having a hard time coping with the election of Donald Trump as president, with many reporting depression and some being advised to take sick leave, according to an article published Friday by Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E).
November 11, 2016, 5:10 PM EST
( -- A law professor from University of California Irvine said on Friday that the requirement by some states that women have a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion can be compared to “state-sanctioned rape.”
November 11, 2016, 2:38 PM EST
Students at George Mason University were sent an e-mail following the presidential election on Tuesday offering counseling for those who were “experiencing emotional distress.”
November 10, 2016, 6:47 PM EST
In response to a letter from lawmakers demanding to know why Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is not included in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian responded that it has added a caption to Anita Hill’s representation in the museum.
November 10, 2016, 4:21 PM EST
( – The Department of Interior (DOI) and the National Park Service (NPS) have announced 10 new national historic landmarks, including the home of a homosexual poet, a relic from Shamanism, and the location of a “utopian society.”
November 9, 2016, 5:49 PM EST
( – Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said she does not mind that Hillary Clinton will not be the first female president of the United States because Clinton was not the right candidate and American can do better.  
November 9, 2016, 11:34 AM EST
Canada and New Zealand have had an increase of inquiries from Americans about relocating to those countries leading up to Donald’s Trump win in the 2016 presidential election, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
November 8, 2016, 1:02 PM EST
A new survey conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows that the majority of Americans want the number of immigrants coming into the country cut by half or more.
November 8, 2016, 12:43 PM EST
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday that the country is grateful to the U.S. and Israel for cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear industry, because now it is more secure, the state-run-media outlet Tasnim News reported.
November 7, 2016, 9:10 PM EST
Howard University is sending a group of political science students to Cleveland and Charlotte to monitor the election on Tuesday as part of its 2016 Presidential General Election Voter Protection Project (VP2), according to an article posted on the website, HBCUBuzz.
November 7, 2016, 11:10 AM EST
The United States Department of Agriculture announced it will “invest” $1.7 billion in 500,000 ranchers and farmers to stop production on “sensitive agricultural lands.”
November 4, 2016, 3:26 PM EDT
Several federal officials spoke on Friday at a conference in Washington, D.C., organized by The Resource Innovation Group, an Oregon-based organization that promotes the idea that climate change can cause a range of human health problems, including PTSD, depression and suicide and that human behavior should be changed to avoid these problems.
November 4, 2016, 12:35 PM EDT
Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) show that the number of unaccompanied alien children resettled across the United States is up 87 percent, from 27,840 in fiscal year 2015 to 52,147 in fiscal year 2016.
November 3, 2016, 3:34 PM EDT
A senior military official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said he “welcomed” that the United States’ power has “strongly declined,” according to an article published on Thursday by the French news service, AFP.