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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

McCain targets Obama's plans to cut spending

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is taking aim at his rival party's plans to cut military spending, which Sen. Barack Obama details in a 2007 video making its way around the Web. Published October 31, 2008

LAMBRO: The test this time

Joe Biden uttered a rare bit of campaign candor the other day when he told us what we should expect in the first six months of Barack Obama's presidency: an international crisis. Published October 30, 2008

LAMBRO: Bank on U.S. bouncing back

The bad news is that the economy probably contracted in the third quarter and will likely shrink further in the fourth, plunging the country into a sharp recession. Published October 27, 2008

BREITBART: 'Obama: The Feel-Good Blockbuster of the Election Season!'

If on the evening of Nov. 4, joyous news anchors finally get to declare Sen. Barack Obama the president-elect of the United States, Michael Barone's county-by-county postmortem will matter less in assessing the GOP's grand old problems than the analysis provided by Ad Age and Daily Variety. Published October 27, 2008

New president must be 'nimble' on economy fixes

The biggest challenge facing the next president will be figuring out how to lead a debt-plagued economy out of its recession, create millions of new jobs and restore America's shattered confidence in its financial institutions. Published October 25, 2008

LAMBRO: A shearing, not a sharing

Barack Obama, who became rich with his best-selling books, seems to have a problem with wealth creation. It isn't in his lexicon, it isn't on his agenda, and it isn't in his campaign message. Published October 23, 2008

McCain, Obama remain sketchy on deficit

As much as the war on terror and the economy, the ballooning federal deficit is a certainty the next president will have to face, and plenty of public-interest groups are eager to help the evasive candidates apply the scalpel or hatchet where need be. Published October 21, 2008

BREITBART: Plumber Joe vs. Brawler Josh

With just over two weeks to go before the election, Oliver Stone and distributor Lion's Gate Films successfully detonated "W." in more than 2,000 U.S. theaters with the intent to exact electoral damage on John McCain and the Republican Party. Published October 20, 2008

LAMBRO: Democrat deluge in Hill forecast

Democratic majorities in Congress will become a lot bigger in January, as Americans are expected to vote based on their economic fears and frustrations on Nov. 4. Published October 20, 2008

Voter ire threatens GOP seats

A fast-growing anti-Republican wave threatens to significantly shrink the party's ranks in Congress, as Democratic challengers make headway against once safe incumbents including the Senate's minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Published October 16, 2008

LAMBRO: Tax-relief fiction

Barack Obama has a disturbing habit of saying things that are not true, such as no one who makes less than $250,000 will pay higher taxes under his tax plans. Published October 16, 2008

McCain seeks to cut capital gains tax

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain proposed a more-expansive economic recovery plan Tuesday that would slash the capital gains tax, suspend taxes on unemployment benefits and guarantee 100 percent of all savings to boost confidence in the banking system. Published October 15, 2008

Obama tax cut 'refunds' those who don't pay

Sen. Obama says he will give 95 percent of all American workers a tax cut but does not mention that his plan would send checks to tens of millions of tax filers who pay no personal income taxes. Published October 13, 2008

BREITBART: Obama High: No child left benign

Elected officials in Chicago made international news last week by proposing to create a public high school for gay, lesbian and transgender students. Published October 13, 2008

LAMBRO: Glimmers of economic hope

As bleak as things look right now, there are reasons to believe we may get through this economic decline sooner than the pessimists' predictions of one to two years. Published October 13, 2008

McCain plan to buy bad home mortgages hit

Sen. John McCain's $300 billion plan to buy up all bad home mortgages and refinance them at a lower fixed rate came under fire Wednesday from economists on the left and the right who said his idea was a redundant, unworkable, costly scheme that would plunge taxpayers deeper into debt. Published October 9, 2008

LAMBRO: McCain confronts the crisis

The number of Republican Red states where Barack Obama leads is growing, reducing the states in play and thus cutting into electoral votes needed for a John McCain win in November. Published October 9, 2008

GOP strategists: Attack Obama hard

John McCain and Barack Obama slug it out again (tonight, 9 p.m. EST) at a showdown debate in McCain's favored town-hall setting, which gives him his best chance to jump-start his sputtering campaign. Published October 7, 2008

LAMBRO: How McCain can win

When the economic-rescue plan was moving toward passage in the Senate last week, Sen. Barack Obama's lead in the polls already was shrinking, and a Republican tax cutter was questioning his proposals to raise taxes on a weak economy. Published October 6, 2008