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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 on the dismissive Donald Trump by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Why Donald Trump needs intelligence briefings

President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to like doing some of the work that is a critical part of the most powerful government job in the free world. Published December 15, 2016

Going out with a whimper

Barack Obama's presidency is going out with a whimper and Donald Trump is coming in with a roar of economic approval. Published December 8, 2016

Illustration on Trump's future staff choices by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Staffing a new government

President-elect Donald Trump's efforts to staff a new government aren't going as smoothly as he hoped on election day. Published November 17, 2016

Illustration of Donald Trump by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

The great rebuke

Tuesday's stunning presidential election was, first and foremost, a devastating rebuke of Barack Obama's presidency, especially his economic record. Published November 10, 2016

Illustration of Donald Trump by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Unhappy choices and a weak economy

Donald Trump was promoting business this week, his own, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his newest luxury hotel, a few blocks from the White House. Published October 27, 2016

Illustration on Trump's negative impact on the GOP by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

It didn't have to be this way

The presidential debates are mercifully over in an election that may long be remembered as a lost opportunity for Republicans to take control of the nation's government for the next four to eight years. Published October 20, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The tawdry 2016 campaign

If the tawdry, tasteless, and utterly classless 2016 presidential campaign is remembered for anything, it will be its failure to deal with significant political issues that matter most to the American people. Published October 13, 2016

Illustration on Trump's "softening" on immigration by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Resuming war against illegal immigrants

Donald Trump resumed his war on immigrants with a vengeance this week, broadening his mass deportation plan for illegal Hispanics and promising to build a massive wall along our border with Mexico. Published September 1, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Immigration is not the 'top problem'

The chief problems in our country that voters worry about most are jobs, the economy, healthcare and the government's mismanagement. Published August 25, 2016

A Pokemon poster is visible behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she speaks to volunteers at a Democratic party organizing event at the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary's bad tax plan

Hillary Clinton handed Donald Trump the best campaign issue he could hope for this week, and he ignored it. Published July 28, 2016

Illustration on GOP unity challenges after their convention by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Republican Party after the convention

The Republican National Convention ended the way Donald Trump wanted it to, by nominating him for president, but well short of uniting his party for the divisive general election to come. Published July 21, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Paul Ryan's leadership move

House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a pro-growth, pro-job agenda this week that Republicans will run on in the fall to get the American economy moving again. Published June 23, 2016

Illustration on the U.S. economy by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

The economy's bumpy ride

Tighten your seat belts because the U.S. economy is in for another frightening bumpy ride that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen calls the "new normal." Published June 16, 2016

FBI agents return to the scene of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, June 14, 2016.   (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

FBI under the gun

The Orlando massacre by a homegrown American Muslim who wanted to die a martyr for al Qaeda raises a host of deeply disturbing questions about keeping America safe. Published June 14, 2016

Illustration on investigations into Trump and Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the law chases the front-runners

This may be the very first time in U.S. presidential election history when both of our major party candidates were in trouble with the law. Published June 2, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore., on May 6, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Negotiating the negatives

The 2016 election may go down in U.S. political history as a time when a majority of voters disliked both of their major party choices for president. Indeed, it's hard to remember in the modern polling era when so many Americans have disapproved of even their own party's presumptive nominees. Published May 24, 2016

Illustration on Trump's changing positions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Not the way to make American great again

Donald Trump has been "walking back" major economic policy positions he has taken, suggesting that he either hasn't thought them through or will abandon them under political pressure. Published May 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The volatile battle for a majority

Could the 2016 presidential election be decided by a single state, as it was in 2008 when George Bush edged out Al Gore in Florida's disputed vote tally? Published May 3, 2016

U.S President Barack Obama speaks at the Hannover Messe, the world's largest industrial technology trade fair, in Hannover, northern Germany, Monday April 25, 2016. Obama is on a two-day official visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Walking away from economic woes

When things aren't going well at home, presidents go traveling abroad to take their minds off their political troubles. Published April 26, 2016

Illustration on the debilitating burden of high taxes by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

It's (still) the economy, stupid

The U.S. economy continues to be the "most important issue" facing Americans in the last year of Barack Obama's unpopular presidency. Published April 21, 2016