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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

In this image released by the White House and digitally altered to obscure the material in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (right), she, President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on Sunday.

LAMBRO: One kill does not a presidency make

The Obama administration's daring nighttime attack by commandos who killed Osama bin Laden and four of his aides has dealt al Qaeda terrorists a severe but far from fatal blow. Published May 3, 2011

Illustration by Tim Brinton

LAMBRO: The trouble with Trump

Donald Trump has been saying things about himself and others lately that are untrue, suggesting that he has a tendency to make up his own reality as he goes along. Published April 28, 2011

Illustration by M. Ryder

LAMBRO: GOP's Medicare plan is risky solo act

Reports coming in from congressional town hall meetings during the Easter recess say that Republican lawmakers were peppered with angry questions about cutting Medicare. Published April 26, 2011

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

LAMBRO: Obama failing to quell economic fears

America's fragile, high-unemployment, debt-ridden economy is looking shakier than ever, threatening Barack Obama's chances of a second term and boosting support for the GOP's drive to sharply cut government spending. Published April 19, 2011

Illustration: Choice cuts by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Daring GOP stab at reining in overspending

In the last three months, the biggest battle in Washington has been about carving a relatively tiny amount of money out of this year's $3.7 trillion budget. But while Republicans, Democrats and the White House bickered over whether to cut anywhere from $61 billion to $33 billion - or else shut down the government - a far bigger battle looms in the months ahead over the fiscal 2012 budget and trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see. Published April 5, 2011

Illustration: Shuttered Congress

LAMBRO: Shutter diplomacy

Voters sent a loud, angry message to President Obama and Congress last November that government is too big, and spends too much. Cut it. Published April 1, 2011

Illustration: Gen. Obama by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Double vision over Libya

President Obama's address Monday in defense of his military intervention in Libya may go down in the history books as one of the most artful speeches ever given in the midst of retreat with both guns blazing. Published March 29, 2011

Illustration by William Brown

LAMBRO: More 'unexpected' bad news

While President Obama was touring the capitals of Latin America this week, Americans were being battered by one bad economic report after another. Published March 24, 2011

**FILE** House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, puts up a chart on Feb. 14 while delivering the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for fiscal 2012 on Capitol Hill. The nation faces a possible government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans have not agreed by March 4 on an extension for funding the federal government. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: No quiters in game of budgetary chicken

Getting a law passed in Congress is a very difficult thing to do because our Founding Fathers designed it that way, fearing that bad legislation would rob the people of their rights and freedoms. Published March 15, 2011

Illustration: GOP cuts by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Democrats' lines give ground

This has been a rotten week for big spending, liberals and President Obama and a great week for conservatives in the war to reduce the size and cost of government. Published March 10, 2011

Chart: Idle workers

LAMBRO: A strong dose of economic reality

The welcome addition of 192,000 jobs last month comes with some huge caveats that suggest that the Obama economy isn't going to reduce the high unemployment rate anytime soon. Published March 8, 2011

President Obama meets Friday with Democratic governors in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Sideline spectator

Barack Obama is coming under increasing fire for being a passive, reactive president, who all too often is on the sidelines instead of in the arena of the great policy battles of our time. Published March 3, 2011

Illustration: Negative growth by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: A secret Obama doesn't want you to know

No doubt by now you've heard the story on the nightly news that the Obama economy grew at a weaker pace in the fourth quarter of last year than was expected. Published March 1, 2011

Illustration: Obama business card by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Playing the business card

There are plenty of reasons to be dubious about President Obama's forced fence-mending efforts with the business community as he begins his 2012 campaign for a second term. His stout defense Monday of a mountain of job-killing business regulations before what was described as a "polite, subdued audience" at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce signaled that business has well-deserved doubts about him, too. Published February 8, 2011

LAMBRO: Budget attention deficit disorder

Uncontrolled government spending is far worse than projected just a few months ago, driving the federal budget much more deeply into debt that threatens our economy and our future standard of living. This fiscal year's budget Published February 4, 2011

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