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 29, 2016, 3:17 PM EDT
The head of a human rights organization dedicated to helping save the Yazidis in Iraq and Syria from kidnapping, rape and death at the hands of Islamic terrorists said at a conference on Thursday that the world cannot expect the Yazidis to reconcile with the perpetrators and others in the region while thousands of women and girls are still being held captive, many of whom are “being raped every day.”
July 28, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT
U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai. ( Starr)
July 27, 2016, 5:03 PM EDT
The U.S. State Department and the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that they are allowing children and adults from several Central America countries “resettlement” in the United States, after a “pre-screen” interview in Costa Rica and “processing” by the United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR.
July 26, 2016, 3:49 PM EDT
A former adviser to President George W. Bush and a scholar on children and poverty said on Tuesday that almost all experts agree that children are better off when raised in a home with married parents.
July 25, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
Family and faith advocates are responding to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) decision last week to move its 2017 All-Star Game from the planned venue in Charlotte, North Carolina because of the state’s law requiring people to use public bathrooms and lockers that match their biological sex.
July 22, 2016, 2:52 PM EDT
Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine met behind doors with illegal aliens on Thursday at a Unitarian Church in Arlington, Va., before meeting with reporters to tell them he had a “very, very good discussion,” and compared immigration to a blood transfusion for the country.
July 22, 2016, 10:18 AM EDT
The Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas has altered its policy dealing with transgender students to include parents in decisions made for their children who attend the public schools.
July 15, 2016, 9:40 PM EDT
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Program announced it will serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 and younger during the summer break.
July 14, 2016, 7:14 PM EDT
Agricultural and farm workers who feel their employers are not complying with federal worker protection standards should not call Ghostbusters – but the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday.
July 14, 2016, 3:02 PM EDT
Former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told attendees at the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday that they are not “intruders” and some may have been here before the U.S. was founded.
July 13, 2016, 3:41 PM EDT
An official from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico said on Tuesday that people who are in the United States illegally are “Americans in all but paper.”
July 11, 2016, 2:33 PM EDT
A new report produced by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows that people in the United States illegally can in some cases get more food stamps than U.S. citizens.
July 11, 2016, 11:10 AM EDT
In a video posted on their Facebook page on Friday, David and Jason Benham reacted to the recent deaths of two black men during a confrontation with police – in Baton Rouge, La., and in Minnesota - and the targeting of white police officers in Dallas, Texas, describing how a “culture of death” flourishes in a Godless society.
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.