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

September 19, 2015, 8:31 PM EDT
Lawmakers in the U.S. territory of Guam narrowly approved a bill earlier this month that would allow chemical castration of convicted sex offenders ahead of their release back into society, the Pacific Daily News reported on Sept. 4.
September 18, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
The former head of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement said on Friday that concerns about the security risk of bringing Syrian refugees into the U.S. given the terrorist presence in that country are based on “fear-mongering” and that the millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally did not undergo security screening used to vet asylum seekers.
September 17, 2015, 10:02 PM EDT
The head of the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ announced on Thursday that it has issued a report on federal detention centers used to house illegal aliens that recommends to Congress and the president that they should abide by a federal judge’s order to release women and children who are in the country illegally “right away.”
September 17, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT
Kaci-Rose was born at 23 weeks gestation – just one week less than the 24-week limit for legal abortion in the U.K. She weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces and measures 10.8 inches long.
September 16, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, said on Wednesday that the House passing bills to defund Planned Parenthood is “meaningless” and that the only way to halt the flow of federal tax dollars to the organization is to remove the funds from the continuing resolution (CR) that will extend the federal budget – including the more than half a billion dollars given to the nation’s largest abortion provider.
September 15, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT
An environmental expert from Texas told a Democrat congresswoman for the same state at a hearing on Friday that the greenhouse gas emissions targeted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan are not related to health issues, including respiratory diseases like asthma.
September 14, 2015, 5:37 PM EDT
Deacon Dave Cahoon is working at his St. Joseph’s Carpentry Shop in Poolesville, Md., to construct 14 pieces of furniture for the altar that will be used when Pope Francis offers Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. later this month.
September 14, 2015, 2:44 PM EDT
In an interview with National Public Radio on Saturday, retired neurosurgeon and GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson said that letting Syrian refugees into the United States without a thorough screening process could lead to terrorists getting into the country.
September 14, 2015, 12:44 PM EDT
The announcement by the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in July that a woman would be featured on a newly minted $10 bill inspired a question by judges at the Miss America pageant, televised on Sunday night.
September 11, 2015, 7:50 PM EDT
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said on Wednesday that he feared Congress would continue to fund Planned Parenthood, despite the recent revelations from undercover videos showing the organization’s medical staff discussing harvesting and selling organs from aborted babies.
September 10, 2015, 3:13 PM EDT
At a rally in support of ending federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said Thursday that the group’s characterization of abortion as a “blob of tissue” is completely false and that the undercover videos recently released that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and selling of organs for aborted babies prove it.
September 9, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT
At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday focused on Planned Parenthood’s “horrific abortion practices,” lawyer and professor Priscilla Smith was asked whether she believed abortion was “a humane way to die.”
September 9, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday that Planned Parenthood is “one of the finest organizations in the country.”
September 9, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT
Pope Francis tweeted on Tuesday about the hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, saying that faith communities should “host a refugee family.”
September 8, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday that the federal government is giving $8 million in grants to selected public schools and daycare centers across the country to train school nutrition employees and to develop ways to get more children to participate, which could including giving vegetables “cool names.”
September 4, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT
According to its latest annual report for fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s affiliated clinics across the country referred 1,880 women to an adoption resource and performed 327,653 abortions – or 174.2 abortions for each adoption referral.
September 4, 2015, 1:48 PM EDT
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday that his agency is looking for “creative ways” to give public school students access to more meals, including a way to provide them breakfast, lunch and dinner year round.
September 3, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT
The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List invited some 2,000 Democrat staffers to attend a screening Thursday of the nine undercover videos that have been released by the Center for Medical Progress showing top medical officials with Planned Parenthood Federation of America discussing the sale of body parts of aborted babies.
September 3, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
In a Yahoo news article published on Wednesday, a mother whose 7-year-old daughter has Down syndrome said she would have aborted her child if she had known the child had the genetic condition and called a proposed law in Ohio banning the abortion of these babies “appalling.”
September 2, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT
At an event at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Jim Winkler, president of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, told a large crowd of black pastors and activists that “each and every day” they should “be prepared” for the possibility that they will be the victim of gun violence.