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Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is the chief political correspondent for The Washington Times, the author of five books and a nationally syndicated columnist. His twice-weekly United Feature Syndicate column appears in newspapers across the country, including The Washington Times. He received the Warren Brookes Award For Excellence In Journalism in 1995 and in that same year was the host and co-writer of the nationally televised PBS documentary, "Inside The Republican Revolution," a behind-the-scenes report on the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. Before launching his syndicated newspaper column in 1980, Mr. Lambro was a reporter for United Press International, covering Congress, the federal bureaucracy and national politics. His investigative series on federal spending programs, “Watching Washington,” was twice nominated by UPI for a Pulitzer Prize. He was named the Heritage Foundation’s Distinguished Journalism Fellow in 1981 and has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for the past seven years. He received the “Outstanding Journalist Award” from the Conservative Political Action Conference iin 1981 for his book, FAT CITY. And he was the recipient of the National Taxpayers Union award for “outstanding efforts to curtail government spending.” His investigative work as a Washington columnist was also nominated for a Pulitzer by United Feature Syndicate. Born and raised in Wellesley, Mass., and a graduate of Boston University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Mr. Lambro began his career as a reporter for the Boston Herald-Traveler, joining UPI in 1968 in Hartford, Conn., where he covered the state house. In addition to numerous television, radio and speaking appearances, he has also written for many magazines and other periodicals, including Reader’s Digest, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, the Washingtonian Magazine, National Review, Barron’s and The World Almanac.

Articles by Donald Lambro

Illustration: Obama ideas

LAMBRO: Running on empty promises

President Obama and his top campaign officials have mapped out a new 2012 re-election strategy: Run against an unpopular Congress. Published January 3, 2012

Illustration by Kevin Kreneck for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: No cheer for the new year

The Commerce Department's revised gross domestic product (GDP) report Thursday threw cold water on the glimmer of hope that the economy was breaking out of its doldrums. Published December 22, 2011

Majority Leader Harry Reid and fellow Democratic senators came in for criticism from House Speaker John A. Boehner, who said, "The Democrats who run Washington have a responsibility to act." (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Reid's legislative trap

Once again, Congress is playing high-stakes poker with a precarious economy and the lives of struggling Americans who live paycheck to paycheck - that is, if they're lucky enough to have a job. Published December 20, 2011

Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LAMBRO: Taking a stab at deficit reduction standoff

Sen. Pat Toomey, the GOP's fiercest anti-tax warrior, stunned the supercommittee when he proposed raising taxes to break the impasse over cutting the government's monster debt. Published November 17, 2011

Illustration: Poison Jobs by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Republicans tout tax reform

The modest uptick in economic growth is a welcome breather in the bleak Obama economy, but it won't reduce unemployment anytime soon. Published October 27, 2011

Illustration: Failing grades by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Grading Obama by the numbers

Barack Obama's presidency can be boiled down to four numbers: 9.1 percent unemployment, nearly $3 trillion in budget deficits, a sick economy barely growing at less than 1 percent, and a job approval rating that has fallen to below 40 percent. Published October 11, 2011

President Obama speaks during a news conference at the White House on Oct. 6, 2011. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Plotting a winning tax divide

President Obama is running around the country trying to sell his plan to create jobs by raising income taxes. The idea draws cheers from liberals but boos from Republicans and even many Democrats on Capitol Hill who say we shouldn't be raising taxes on anyone, especially in a recession. Published October 6, 2011

Illustration: The GOP tent by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Perry and Romney maintain party parity

Thus far, the maddening Republican storyline in the presidential election cycle is complicating the party's prospects of winning back the White House in 2012. Published September 29, 2011

Illustration: Down economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Starting from the zero jobs line

The battered, jobless U.S. economy took a turn for the worse - much worse - this past week as President Obama prepared to offer another bag of bromides that looked like the failed remedies he has tried before. As the bedridden, near-comatose economy spiraled into a full-blown crisis for the country and his precarious presidency, hopeful signs of life were hard to find in the flat-lined data on jobs and growth. Published September 6, 2011

President Obama greets Hector Sealey (center), safety director for Ft. Myer Construction Corporation, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (right) after speaking at the White House on Aug. 31, 2011, to urge Congress to pass a federal highway bill. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Barack Obama, investor-in-chief

Would you buy a used car from Barack Obama? Or would you want him managing your 401(k) investment retirement plan at work? Published September 1, 2011

Mitt Romney campaigns at  the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines  on Thursday.  The former Massachusetts governor is  among the Republican candidates  in the state.

LAMBRO: For GOP hopefuls, it's all about jobs

The political battle for the Republican presidential nomination is all about who can get the U.S. economy back on track and restart the once-great American jobs machine. Published August 18, 2011

Illustration by Kevin Kreneck

LAMBRO: Obama numbers that add up to one term

The Obama economy is looking bleaker than ever. All recessions end, but this one's going to last a lot longer than most because America remains overtaxed, overregulated and drowning in unfathomable debt. Published August 11, 2011

Illustration: Obama's economy by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama media cheerleaders log overtime

The national news media's incomprehensible cheerleading aside, what the July numbers painted was a jobs picture where thousands of discouraged workers are dropping out of the work force because it is getting harder than ever to find a job in President Obama's America. Published August 8, 2011

Illustration: Economic mayday by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama out of ideas, Americans out of luck

The flatlining Obama economy is at the tipping point of another recession. Economic growth has plunged to a near standstill, consumer spending has hit the brakes and the pace of job layoffs is rising. Published August 4, 2011

Illustration: Obama victoryl by John Camejo for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: GOP stands victorious as smoke clears

The air was thick with bombastic predictions throughout the months-long battle over raising the debt ceiling. A deal appeared impossible, and pundits were predicting the divided Republicans and Tea Party insurgents who had ignited the budget-cutting revolution would be the political losers. Published August 2, 2011

Illustration: Partisan fight by John Camejo for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: White House word warfare

If Americans who tuned in to President Obama's televised address Monday night were hoping for a breakthrough in the budget crisis, they were sorely disappointed. Published July 26, 2011

Illustration: W.C. Obama

LAMBRO: High-stakes dealing on debt ceiling

The gulf between President Obama and a divided Congress grows ever wider as the debt limit crisis stumbles toward a potentially catastrophic deadline. Published July 14, 2011

President Obama talks about the ongoing budget negotiations during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Monday, July 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

LAMBRO: Job growth decline sends Obama into orbit

There he goes again. More than six months after surrendering to Republican demands that this isn't the time to raise taxes on a weak, jobless economy, President Obama is peddling the same old snake oil medicine of higher taxes again. Published July 12, 2011

Illustration: Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Latest casualty of the Obama economy

The likelihood that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner may resign from his post later this summer is the latest sign that President Obama's team of economic advisors is disintegrating as the economy grows weaker. Published July 5, 2011

Illustration: Obama's record by John Camejo for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: The president's political offensive

President Obama went on the political offensive Wednesday by reviving the old class-warfare enmity he hopes will excite the liberal base of his party while accusing Republicans of playing politics with our nation's economic future. Published July 1, 2011