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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: Cutting pork by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Republicans take it to the House

The new 112th Congress, politically reshaped and redirected by the voters, reopened for business this week to tackle some old and vexing issues. Republican Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio, who rose from poverty to become the speaker of the House, is setting about to deliver on his party's campaign pledge to curb out-of-control spending, accelerate job creation, boost economic growth and repeal Obamacare. Published January 6, 2011

LAMBRO: Obamacare in the dock

The long legislative war over Obamacare now moves to larger and more contentious political battlegrounds in the House and Senate midterm elections and the federal courts. Published March 23, 2010

LAMBRO: Capital missing on Capitol Hill

The Democratic Congress passed an $18 billion jobs bill last week in the dubious belief that this will have a big impact in a $14 trillion economy that lost 36,000 jobs in February. Published March 20, 2010

LAMBRO: Congressional contortions over health care

In a last-ditch scheme in defiance of the Constitution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic accomplices plan to send the Senate health care bill to President Obama without a clean up-or-down vote on its merits. Published March 17, 2010

LAMBRO: Roberts for the defense

When President Obama turned his State of the Union address into an attack on the Supreme Court's ruling that ended the ban against corporate spending for political campaigns, the justices had to sit there motionless while encircled by Democratic lawmakers who cheered the president's scolding. Published March 14, 2010

LAMBRO: Wrangling over Rangel

A little more than a year into the new Democratic Congress, a powerful committee chairman has fallen victim to what his party once called Capitol Hill's "culture of corruption." Published March 5, 2010

LAMBRO: Reconciliation perils

Lyndon Johnson must have been rolling in his grave at the sight of President Obama holding a meeting with key lawmakers on nationwide television to break the stalemate on his health care reform bill. Published March 3, 2010

LAMBRO: The pendulum has pivoted

Ask Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner for his take on the na -tion's sharp right turn after its leftward lurch under Barack Obama, and he replies that "the political pendulum always swings back." Published March 1, 2010

LAMBRO: Obama's spending oblivion

When presidents can't make tough decisions on the vexing problems that confront government, they pass the buck by appointing a commission to come up with some answers. Published February 24, 2010

LAMBRO: Priming the White House publicity pump

Anyone watching the network nightly news reports this week heard a very sani -tized review on the one-year anniver -sary of President Obama's $800 billion economic stimulus experiment. Published February 19, 2010

LAMBRO: Bye bye, Bayh

Another political bombshell shook Democrats Monday when Indi -ana Sen. Evan Bayh chose not to seek re-election in the face of a rising Republican wave that threatens his party's control of the Senate. Published February 16, 2010

LAMBRO: Bad news for Obama

President Obama certainly can identify politically with what has been happening lately in the nation's capital: Both have been hit hard by a blizzard of unwanted storms. Published February 12, 2010

LAMBRO: Grandstanding, not deal-making

Whenever President Obama's policy ideas run into trouble, he calls for a summit to seek a solution to his problems. It's his all-purpose 11th-hour fallback gimmick to show he is suddenly open to new ideas after the old ones failed or were blocked in Congress. Published February 10, 2010

LAMBRO: Bayh a tough sell in Indiana

If you want more evidence of how deep Democratic losses may be in the fall midterm elections, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's suddenly shaky bid for a third term is Exhibit A. Published February 7, 2010

LAMBRO: Deficit deception

This is the year of the angry voter and one of the things they're angriest about is that the government's spending our money faster than we can make it, piling up mountains of debt that threaten to drive the U.S. economy into another financial crisis. Published February 3, 2010

LAMBRO: Agenda coma vexes Obama

The political health of President Obama and his party can be summed up in one sentence: His legislative agenda is in shreds, his economic policies have failed, and Democratic prospects in the midterm elections are bleak at best. Published January 27, 2010

LAMBRO: Cacophony of concern

Days after Republican Scott Brown's decisive win in Massachusetts, President Obama and the Democrats are still having a hard time getting a grip on reality about his unpopular health care bill. Published January 25, 2010

LAMBRO: Bank-bashing bites Obama

Once again, there was President Obama last week, accusing the big banks of selfishness and greed as his advisers were dishing out fictitious jobs numbers in a desperate attempt to distract our attention from his failed economic policies. Published January 22, 2010

LAMBRO: RNC flap 'much ado about nothing'

If the latest family spat within the Republican National Committee about Chairman Michael S. Steele is ever turned into a play, it should be titled, "Much Ado About Nothing." Published January 15, 2010