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 8, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT
Although the Department of the Interior says its new regulations, announced Thursday, on gas and oil exploration and production in U.S. Arctic waters constitute “a balanced approach to any oil and gas exploration in the Arctic region,” critics say the new rules will damage U.S. energy production.
July 8, 2016, 11:49 AM EDT
Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), who won a special election in June to replace former House Speaker John Boehner, said on Thursday that if Hillary Clinton were just a federal employee or member of the U.S. military who had mishandled classified information, she would have lost her security clearance.
July 8, 2016, 9:27 AM EDT
The Tony-winning Best Musical “Hamilton” is sold out for months in advance, but you can still nab one of the “cancellation” tickets – if you are willing to sleep on the sidewalks of New York City and pay thousands of dollars.
July 6, 2016, 4:38 PM EDT
At a press conference to promote more gun control legislation, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed Republicans, saying that they won’t “disarm hate.”
July 6, 2016, 4:06 PM EDT
When asked whether persons who are “extremely careless” with classified information should have security clearances, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) would not answer directly and instead said that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not intend to be reckless with classified materials, a point that he said the FBI made clear on Tuesday.
June 30, 2016, 4:00 PM EDT
Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, Jr. (ret.), former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said  that House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) “copped out” when it came to the final $7.1 million investigative report about the Islamist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.  
June 30, 2016, 1:25 PM EDT
Former CIA operative Clare Lopez, the vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy (CSP) said that President Barack Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice lied about the cause of the radical Islamist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed four Americans.
June 29, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT
Following the issuance of guidelines for transgender students in the Fort Worth Independent School District in April, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion on Tuesday that concludes that the guidance violates Texas state law by putting policies in place without parental input or consent or approval by the school board.
June 28, 2016, 8:29 PM EDT
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on Tuesday at an event focused on Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship that the national monuments in the nation’s capital need to be more diverse.
June 28, 2016, 2:32 PM EDT
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told attendees at an event on Hispanic-American entrepreneurship on Tuesday that if it were not for legal and illegal immigration into the United States “we would not eat.”
June 27, 2016, 3:39 PM EDT
Pro-life advocates are responding to the 5-3 Supreme Court decision in a case over the regulation of abortion clinics as surgical centers in Texas, with the consensus being that women will suffer without the protections the law was designed to provide.
June 27, 2016, 12:51 PM EDT
Erin O’Flaherty was crowned Miss Missouri on Jan. 18, a win that makes her the first lesbian to compete for the Miss America crown. Last week, Cosmopolitan magazine posted an interview with the beauty queen, which mostly focused on her sexual orientation and its role in her life and in the competition.
June 27, 2016, 11:05 AM EDT
Some of the 1,000 Christian evangelicals that met with Donald Trump recently in New York City are speaking out about their encounter with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, including iconic Christian leader Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk, who said he believes Trump recently came to embrace the faith.
June 24, 2016, 5:05 PM EDT
During an event at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on Thursday to discuss how women are disproportionately affected by climate change in developing countries, Jane Harman, president and CEO of the center, said that many of the refugees around the globe today are being displaced by climate change.
June 24, 2016, 11:48 AM EDT
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina have decided when the new academic year starts in August, students can pick their “preferred identity” and use the restrooms and locker rooms accordingly, the Charlotte Observer reported on Monday.
June 23, 2016, 3:23 PM EDT
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell cited a new rule added to the Obamacare law to prevent discrimination, including “sexual stereotyping,” as one of the Obama administration’s successes in advancing homosexual rights.