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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

LAMBRO: Why the stimulus won't work now

It will take a lot longer than almost anyone thinks for the Obama administration to get the $825 billion stimulus money into the economy. Don't believe me? Read the Congressional Budget Office's recent analysis of the Democrats' plan. Published January 26, 2009

Panetta faces qualification questions

Leon Panetta rose through the ranks from congressional aide to White House chief of staff, and now is poised to command the Central Intelligence Agency in the age of terrorism. Published January 25, 2009

Gillibrand pick cheers right, irks left

New York Gov. David Paterson's choice of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, a little-known pro-gun rights, Blue Dog Democrat, to fill the state's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate angered some on the left and cheered the GOP. Published January 24, 2009

Infrastructure spending to be used sparingly

Only a small fraction of President Obama's proposed $274 billion in infrastructure spending to boost the economy will be spent by this fall and the balance won't be fully disbursed until 2010 or later, according to an analysis by congressional economists. Published January 20, 2009

ANALYSIS: Obama must deliver after lofty address

Barack Obama proved he could smash America's ultimate racial barrier or deliver a soaring speech, such as his inaugural address, which both mesmerized and inspired the masses. Published January 20, 2009

ANALYSIS: Long-term budget impact is uncertain

As Barack Obama takes the oath of office Tuesday, he faces an intensifying debate with both supporters and opponents over how, how fast, and how well the federal government can spend $825 billion to spark a national economic recovery - all while keeping the government's mounting long-term debt in check. Published January 19, 2009

BREITBART: No magic Internet button for GOP

After the 2004 election, much was made of Joe Trippi, Howard Dean's campaign manager and Internet guru. Mr. Trippi is credited with using social networking tools to hook up supporters and to drum up excitement and campaign cash for Vermont's then-little-known former governor. Published January 18, 2009

Senate Republicans face tough 2010

A rash of retirements among Senate Republicans plus difficult re-election prospects for several incumbents has boosted the Democrats' chances to enlarge their majority beyond 60 seats next year for the first time since 1977. Published January 18, 2009

Deficit sets record; worse coming

ANALYSIS: Reining in a jaw-dropping $1.2 trillion budget deficit will be a daunting challenge for Congress and President-elect Barack Obama this year as the government is expected to add hundreds of billions more to pull the economy out of a deepening recession. Published January 13, 2009

Obama tax cut could hurt Social Security

Cutting payroll taxes to quickly put money into the pockets of low- to middle-income workers -- an option being considered for Congress' economic recovery package -- could weaken the already-stressed Social Security safety net financed by the weekly taxes on salaries. Published January 9, 2009

BREITBART: A million stories to tell

On Tuesday, I launch Big Hollywood (bighollywood.breitbart .com), a big group blog that will feature hundreds of the big minds from the fields of politics, journalism, entertainment and culture. Published January 5, 2009

BREITBART: Triangulating Scarlett Johansson

This was the year Hollywood finally realized that it couldn't sell an anti-Iraq war film. It also was the year the mainstream media discovered it couldn't report that the war on terror had failed. Published December 29, 2008

LAMBRO: Cause for hope

As gloomy as our economy seems now, we still have plenty of reasons in this season of hope and goodwill to be grateful and even optimistic about the future. Published December 29, 2008

LAMBRO: Obama's 'jolt' lacking power

President-elect Barack Obama is fixated on the size and cost of the infrastructure spending package he will propose next year, believing that the bigger the price tag, the more effective it will be. Published December 25, 2008

States set to impose bevy of new taxes

Governors want to levy higher taxes next year on clothes, soft drinks, gasoline, auto licenses and other items that likely will hit low- and middle-income families struggling to make ends meet in a deepening recession the hardest. Published December 23, 2008

Obama economic plan has safety net

A big part of President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan that hasn't received as much attention as its job-creating infrastructure spending will pour billions of dollars into welfare programs for low-income people and help states balance their budgets. Published December 23, 2008

LAMBRO: GOP revival index

Signing the Republican Party's post-election death certificate is risky business, but Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg did so last month - predicting the GOP will remain in the political graveyard for many years to come. Published December 22, 2008

LAMBRO: Corruption's ebb and flow

Over the past four years ago, the Democrats blamed the Republicans for ushering in "a culture of corruption" that they charged had infected every nook and cranny of the government. Published December 18, 2008

BREITBART: Sinise: A man for all services

Since war became a geographically distant but very real way of life after Sept. 11, 2001, no Hollywood star has stepped up to support active duty U.S. military personnel and wounded veterans like Gary Sinise. There is no close second. And quietly, as is in his nature, he is becoming something akin to this generation´s Bob Hope. Published December 15, 2008

LAMBRO: Keys to auto overhaul

A burst of bailouts that has led to increasing federal control and ownership of big businesses has set off alarm bells among free-market critics who fear it's putting America on a slippery slope to a government-run economy. Published December 15, 2008