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 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.
November 2, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT
The United Nations is investigating claims by Native Americans who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that law enforcement has mistreated them, according to a report by The Guardian.
November 1, 2016, 6:08 PM EDT
By calling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) by that name, the media and others advance the terrorists’ goal of a caliphate in the Middle East and help recruit people to embrace their ideology, the Iraqi-born head of an anti-terrorist non-profit group said Tuesday.
November 1, 2016, 3:16 PM EDT
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced grants totaling $200 million “to improve the education, food security, and health of school-age children, especially girls in developing countries.”
October 31, 2016, 4:55 PM EDT
A report by the Pew Research Center based on data from the federal government estimated that the number of babies born in the United States to illegal alien mothers in 2014 was 275,000 – a decrease from the estimated 330,000 born in 2009.
October 31, 2016, 2:08 PM EDT
The Arctic Energy Center announced last week that a coalition of Alaskans are petitioning the federal government to grant leases for oil and gas exploration and production in and offshore of the North Slope, including the Inupiat tribe.
October 31, 2016, 11:09 AM EDT
Pop star Hilary Duff is in trouble with the politically-correct crowd for choosing to dress up as a pilgrim for Halloween. She responded to critics by apologizing on Twitter.
October 28, 2016, 1:10 PM EDT
The Obama Administration launched a workers’ rights website on Friday that includes the expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
October 28, 2016, 10:17 AM EDT
An Iranian woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard searched her home and found a notebook that contained a fictional story she’d written about a woman who was stoned to death, according to the Eurasia Review.
October 27, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT
( – Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said on Wednesday that the Constitution contains everything needed to interpret the law, despite efforts by some to downplay certain portions of it, particularly the Second Amendment.
October 26, 2016, 5:06 PM EDT
( – The new National African American Museum of History and Culture does not include some prominent black men and women in its exhibits, including Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Critics of the exclusion expressed irony that a museum dedicated to telling the African American story has chosen to omit certain blacks, despite their success and the significant role they play in that story.
October 26, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT
President Barack Obama has said many times that we cannot “drill our way to lower gas prices.” But according to a Heritage Foundation report on the vast oil and gas resources in the United States, that is simply not true.
October 25, 2016, 2:08 PM EDT
The former Home Secretary in the British Parliament and others in the government are calling on “age tests” to deal with the influx of immigrant youth seeking asylum as some question whether some are adults posing as children, the UK Daily Mail reported last week.
October 24, 2016, 8:39 PM EDT
Mark Paoletta could certainly have personal reasons to take an interest in the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.