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Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro was chief political correspondent for The Washington Times, the author of five books and is 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

Third-party candidates could benefit President Trump in the 2020 presidential race says a USA Today/Suffolk University poll. (Associated Press)

Trump confronts the polls

Suddenly, the political winds of change are blowing across the country, rattling President Trump's re-election campaign, blocking parts of his agenda and scrambling his administration's team. Published June 20, 2019

Illustration on the coming effects of the budget deficit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The persistence of wasteful federal spending

The political battles raging across the federal government seem to be consumed by trade wars, immigration and of course impeachment. Those issues will run their course in due time, but there is a much bigger problem that seems to be attracting little if any attention here at the highest levels of government. Published June 13, 2019

In this May 10, 2019, file photo China Shipping Co. containers are stacked at the Virginia International's terminal in Portsmouth, Va. Over the past month, President Donald Trump has rolled the dice on the economy. He has more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. The president is preparing to target another $300 billion, extending his import taxes to everything China ships to the United States. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The impact of proposed Trump tariffs

President Trump's threats to impose a barrage of escalating trade tariffs on Mexican imports has triggered severe warnings from U.S. manufacturers and our nation's larger business community. Published June 6, 2019

The trouble with tariffs

President Trump's plan to win re-election next year on a booming economy and a soaring stock market ran into serious trouble this week. Published May 16, 2019

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler talks to reporters after leading his Democratic majority to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The committee voted 24-16 to hold Barr in contempt after the Justice Department rejected House Democrats' demands for the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats target Barr

House Democrats are tightening the constitutional noose on Attorney General William P. Barr, edging closer to holding him in contempt of Congress. Published May 9, 2019

Illustration on the finish of the Mueller investigation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Mueller report and obstruction of justice

When Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report, it included a key sentence about whether or not President Trump committed obstruction of justice. Published April 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, addresses the National Action Network Convention in New York, Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Democrats line up for 2020

A caravan of Democratic presidential wannabes are lining up this spring in the belief that they can beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election for the White House. Published April 18, 2019

Trump campaign promises have yet to materialize

President Trump seems to be having a lot of trouble fixing the problems he campaigned on in 2016 and choosing the right people to can carry out his agenda. Published April 11, 2019

In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, reacts as he finishes a day of testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)

More troubles for Trump

President Trump had another "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" this week. Published February 28, 2019

After the State of the Union

President Trump climbed up to the rostrum in the House chamber Tuesday night, believing he could convince Democratic leaders to give him the $5.7 billion to build his wall along the Mexican-U.S. border. Published February 7, 2019

The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The shutdown's costs

There are only two words to describe the state of America's government at this point in its long history: Utter chaos. Published January 24, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters a day after officially postponing President Donald Trump's State of the Union address until the government is fully reopened, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The shutdown's costs

There are only two words to describe the state of America's government at this point in its long history: Utter chaos. Published January 24, 2019

Illustration on President Trump's coming political troubles by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Post-midterm antagonisms churn

When Democrats won control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, two things were certain: President Trump's remaining legislative agenda is dead, and the chamber's Judiciary Committee is ready to combat any White House attempt to meddle in or obstruct special counsel Robert S. Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Published November 8, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

Kavanaugh responds to his accuser

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, faces a growing number of former female and male classmates who accuse him of being a drunk, and worse, in his high school and college years. Published September 27, 2018

Syria Strike Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. strikes on Syria prove Trump is no Mr. Nice Guy

This was the week when America was being praised around the world for punishing Syria's evil, despotic, regime that killed scores of men, women and children with its arsenal of lethal chemical weapons. Published April 19, 2018

Illustration on the comparative success of the economy under Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump economy takes off

What a year this has been. While it's been a bumpy ride for the Trump administration, lurching from one controversy to another, it ended with a big tax cut victory in Congress that could help Republicans survive the challenging 2018 midterm elections.What a year this has been. While it's been a bumpy ride for the Trump administration, lurching from one controversy to another, it ended with a big tax cut victory in Congress that could help Republicans survive the challenging 2018 midterm elections. Published December 28, 2017

Illustration on Republican tax legislation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The anticipated tax legislation

Benjamin Franklin, who famously said that nothing in this world can be certain "except death and taxes," would love the Republican tax cut bill that's headed for a vote in the Senate this week. Published November 30, 2017

Illustration on the changing political demographic of the state of Virginia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The slugfest in the Old Dominion

Virginia Republicans were licking their wounds this week after a humiliating election beating from the Democrats who swept every statewide elective office on the ballot. Published November 9, 2017

Campaign wrongdoing in the spotlight

The criminal indictments charging three former Trump campaign officials with wrongdoing is just the first round of what is shaping up to be an explosive investigation into widespread Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Published November 2, 2017

Illustration of Donald Trump by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Washington's continuing slow boil

This was another week when America went about business as usual, while here in the nation's capital political leaders were fighting a not-so-civil war. Published October 26, 2017