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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

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LAMBRO: High unemployment could fell Obama

President Obama may be getting great pleasure from the Republicans' lengthening battle over who can beat him in November. But he faces a much stronger opponent between now and then: a weakened U.S. economy. Published March 1, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Blockading Canadian oil

There's a simple, one-word answer to President Obama's latest lecture that "we can't drill our way" to lower gas prices: Baloney. Published February 28, 2012

Rick Santorum

LAMBRO: Santorum's sloppy words

A presidential candidate's campaign rhetoric can reveal a lot about what he truly believes, but some of Rick Santorum's language has pushed that to the edge. Published February 23, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Squeezing optimism from dubious statistics

In the high stakes of political combat, perceptions can matter as much or more than reality, and maybe that's why President Obama's numbers are creeping up in some polls. Published February 16, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's proposed budgetary house of cards

Two things you need to know about President Obama's nearly $4 trillion budget for fiscal 2013: It will likely add another $1 trillion to a $15.3 trillion debt, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not act on any full budget plan this year. Published February 14, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Bad news buried, Obama boasts

President Obama seized upon last week's improved jobs report as "more good news" on the economy, though the true unemployment rate never made the headlines. Published February 7, 2012

Illustration: President Obama's state of the union by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: A speech about nothing

There was very little that was really new in President Obama's agenda-setting State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday. Since when is it new for Mr. Obama to call for higher taxes on our economy? Published January 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivers a speech. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

LAMBRO: Gingrich the lobbyist

It should be clear by now that Newt Gingrich, despite his denials, was lobbying for Freddie Mac, the home-loan giant at the core of the subprime mortgage scandal. Published January 24, 2012

Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Numbers adding up to one term

You don't hear much about President Obama in the national news media these days because he isn't making very much news. Published January 13, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Romney rivals sound like Democrats

Mitt Romney is taking a lot of heat from his Republican rivals, who question just how successful he really has been in turning small businesses into major job-creating enterprises. Published January 10, 2012

RIGHT TURN: GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, an unabashed conservative, says that "when we nominate moderates ... we lose." (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Santorum the surprise

There were two notable changes in the contest for the presidency this week. Barack Obama's job approval score rose and the race for the Republican nomination appears to be between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Published January 5, 2012

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