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 22, 2016, 4:06 PM EDT
A Defense Department (DOD) official said on Friday that for the number of women who want to fill combat posts heretofore not open to them, and then being able to meet the standard set for those posts, the number who actually serve will be “very, very small or none at all.”
April 22, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
In a blog posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website on Thursday entitled “Water You Up To For Earth Day,” the author compared environmentalists’ enthusiasm for the occasion to the excitement fans feel for Super Bowl and the Final Four.
April 21, 2016, 2:22 PM EDT
Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday to promote a Senate bill introduced last year by Democrats that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour by 2020, saying the legislation would “move they ball forward” toward “ensuring shared prosperity.”
April 21, 2016, 10:44 AM EDT
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that the children crossing into the United States illegally without a parent or guardian are no different then American children.
April 20, 2016, 2:53 PM EDT
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)( – Sen.
April 19, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that people “ought to be able to use the restroom of the gender they identify with.”
April 18, 2016, 3:49 PM EDT
The State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 reveals that the number of abortions done in one year in that Communist country was an estimated 23 million.
April 18, 2016, 12:47 PM EDT
As the battle rages in North Carolina around the new state law requiring people to use public restrooms that fit their biological sex, Chuck Wright, sheriff of Spartanburg County, S.C., reacted to his state’s proposed law that mirrors the one now in place in N.C.
April 18, 2016, 10:33 AM EDT
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca found it hard to find money for college after graduating from North Hollywood High School in Southern California. She was brought to the state illegally from Mexico by her parents when she was 4.
April 15, 2016, 3:55 PM EDT
Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said on Thursday that laws are needed to restrict gun ownership to “protect ordinary citizens,” like those killed in mass shootings.
April 13, 2016, 9:56 PM EDT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Surveillance shows dramatic increases in the number of Americans infected, including a record number who are infected with chlamydia.
April 13, 2016, 6:11 PM EDT
The rate of syphilis infection among homosexual men has increased to a level not seen since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
April 13, 2016, 7:42 AM EDT
With dozens of states at risk for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the federal government must support sexual and reproductive health care, an official with Planned Parenthood Federation of America said on Tuesday.
April 11, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
In a “fact sheet” issued by the White House in conjunction with a climate change report made public last week, one of the impacts of increasing temperatures is the deaths of thousands of American people over the course of one summer.
April 8, 2016, 3:40 PM EDT
Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on Wednesday that the fight against radical Islamist terrorism worldwide represents “World War III” and that if the Obama administration and Congress don’t address it as such, “some very bad things are going to happen.”
April 6, 2016, 6:40 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is warning landlords they could face discrimination charges for turning down prospective tenants with criminal records – if the decision has an “unjustified discriminatory effect.”
April 5, 2016, 2:24 PM EDT
The homosexual advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) delivered a letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursday following his signing into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act that designates public restrooms in schools and state facilities for use according to one’s biological sex, calling the legislation “discriminatory” and claiming it will make it more difficult for the state to attract the best workers and students.
April 4, 2016, 5:33 PM EDT
The publication date was April 1, but London’s Daily Telegraph was not joking when in reported on April Fool’s Day on changes taking place in Oxford University curriculum for theology studies.