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 29, 2015, 4:37 PM EDT
America’s favorite pastime is the latest victim in the city of Baltimore where protests over the death of a black man in police custody turned into a violent riot resulted in injured officers and widespread damage to homes and businesses in recent days.
April 29, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT
A few of the “19 Kids and Counting” Duggar girls were tapped by People magazine to be included in its 2015 Most Beautiful Issue. In a video posted on the Duggar Family Blog website, they dish out advice for what matriarch Michelle Duggar calls “modern modest.”
April 28, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT
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April 27, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
Lee Stoneking already knew about the miracles Jesus Christ performed when he walked the earth. As a pastor for decades, he has preached the gospel and told anyone who would listen the good news of Jesus Christ and his power to heal, restore and provide eternal salvation for those who believe.
April 27, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT
In the wake of Saturday’s protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddy Gray, a black man who died while in police custody, businesses were vandalized and people who live in the neighborhood along Howard Avenue were not happy about it.
April 27, 2015, 4:16 PM EDT
  Attorney Gene Schaerr spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on same-sex marriage at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2015. ( Starr)
April 24, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT
  Paul Smith, attorney and partner at Jenner & Block, spoke at an event to discuss the upcoming same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 24, 2015. ( Starr)
April 23, 2015, 6:26 PM EDT
Dr. Gail Bolan, director of Centers for Disease Control's Division of STD Prevention, spoke at an event hosted by the National Coalition of STD Directors on April 23, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)
April 23, 2015, 11:19 AM EDT
  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) spoke at the Heritage Foundation's Conversations with Conservatives event on April 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill. ( Starr)
April 17, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT
( – Tax week is not something to celebrate for most Americans, but one member of Congress took advantage of the occasion to seek passage of a bill he said would protect U.S. taxpayers from IRS officials or staff using personal e-mail accounts for government business.
April 15, 2015, 10:43 AM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke at a press conference on April 14, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol. ( Starr)
April 13, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
Since California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown imposed water restrictions on the state’s residents on April 1, people have suddenly become interested in what government officials have described as “one of the most severe droughts on record.”
April 10, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT
In a packed room at the Sierra Club’s campus in Washington, D.C. environmental activists gave former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a rock star greeting as he announced he was adding $30 million to the $50 million he has already donated to help the club in its efforts to close American coal-powered plants.
April 10, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT
Reuters is reporting that an aide to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the State Department has recommended the “state sponsor of terror” status of Cuba be revoked, a move seemed timed to coincide with President Barack Obama’s attendance at a summit of Latin American countries in Panama, where he is expected to meet with Cuba’s Communist dictator Raul Castro.
April 9, 2015, 6:35 PM EDT
( – Islamic terrorists who have taken over large swathes of land in northern and western Iraq, including the city of Mosul, indirectly helped form the new government in Iraq, which realized it had to coalesce, unite various factions in the country to confront the terrori
April 8, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT
( – At a press briefing at the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat,  announced that he is contributing $30 million to the Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign, which is designed to shut down the nation’s coal plants.
April 7, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT
( – Speaking at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday about affordable housing, Vice President Joe Biden said home ownership helped him pay for his children’s college education, even if that would not be the case today because of the amount of money he earns.