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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: 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

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