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

July 13, 2015, 2:25 PM EDT
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is speaking out ...
July 9, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to Native America youth at theWhite House on July 9, 2015.  (AP) 
July 9, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT
Aaron Klein, the Oregon man who with his wife Melissa ran Sweet Cakes by Melissa, said on Tuesday that he will not be silenced when it comes to speaking about his Christian faith and how it informs his belief that same-sex marriage is wrong.
July 8, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that if the United States leads a global battle against climate change, then 69,000 premature deaths would be prevented in the year 2100.
July 1, 2015, 3:11 PM EDT
On the same day that the United States Supreme Court issued its decision giving same-sex couple the “right” to marry, a flurry of tweets by U.S. businesses in favor of the ruling flooded Twitter, according to an Independent Journal Review compilation.
June 30, 2015, 3:40 PM EDT
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) spoke at the Center for a New American Security event on June 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)( – Sen.
June 29, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT joined other American companies like eBay and Wal-Mart last week in banning the sale of the Confederate flag, but the online retail giant has apparently not banned items associated with foreign terrorist groups.
June 29, 2015, 2:34 PM EDT
During his U.S. Senate campaign in 2004, Barack Obama was asked by a local Illinois reporter about his stand on same-sex marriage. 
June 29, 2015, 11:31 AM EDT
On Friday, just two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 ruling giving homosexuals the “right” to marriage, the Department of Education posted an altered image of its logo that included a rainbow – a symbol that has become synonymous with the gay rights movement.
June 26, 2015, 1:34 PM EDT
Conservatives were united in their response to a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court issued on Friday giving same-sex couples a right to marry: the fight to preserve traditional marriage is not over.
June 25, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT
Republicans in Congress and a wide range of conservative advocacy groups reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion on Thursday that gives legitimacy to providing federal subsidies for health insurance policies in states that opted not to set up exchanges, despite the law’s explicit requirement that subsidies only be given to state-established exchanges, not the federal-established exchange.
June 25, 2015, 6:16 AM EDT
"I have reached the conclusion that we must make substantial changes in our detention practices with respect to families with children," Johnson announced Wednesday in a news release. "In short, once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued."
June 24, 2015, 3:04 PM EDT
Yahoo Parenting’s website reports that there has been an increase in the popularity of “gender-neutral” baby names. The article cites a survey by the website BabyCenter.
June 23, 2015, 5:27 PM EDT
When asked at an American Petroleum Institute (API) event on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. about the claim that the Keystone XL Pipeline and other oil and natural gas infrastructure projects only provide temporary jobs during the construction phase, union President Terry O’Sullivan, said the claim was “moronic.
June 23, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT
The federally funded Library of Congress held an event to mark Gay Pride Month on Thursday to showcase the publication of literature focused on the homosexual lifestyle, including a gay man’s photography of nude male subjects and poetry by gays and lesbians about their homosexuality.
June 19, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT
Kids in low-income communities statistically do poorer in terms of school performance near the end of each month, in part, because “they start getting hungry” as their food stamps “start running out,” said President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday.  
June 19, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States with a multi-million-dollar budget and taxpayer funding through the federal Title X family planning law, has launched a pilot program in California to allow smart phone owners to use an app to get tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases.
June 18, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of its summer meal programs beyond the $500 million of taxpayer dollars used to pay for last year’s effort, with a goal of serving an unprecedented 200 million meals to “children” 18 or younger, not only on school campuses, but at other sites, including at home.
June 17, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said at a press conference held to release a report on the “State of the World’s Fathers” on Wednesday that children need both parents, “a mother and a father,” in their lives.
June 17, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT
Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that climate change is the “single most important thing” that he and President Barack Obama will address during their eight years in office.