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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

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

Illustration on the negative impact of Obamacare on United Healthcare by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obamacare, the biggest loser

This is shaping up to be another bad election year for President Obama's failed agenda and his underperforming economy. Published April 19, 2016

Illustration on the problematic Donald Trump by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Front-running toward failure

"These are the times that try men's souls," essayist Thomas Paine wrote during the American Revolution. Published April 12, 2016

Illustration on developing difficulties for the GOP by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Moving closer to a brokered convention

It's becoming increasingly likely that the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination will be settled at a brokered convention in Cleveland. Published April 7, 2016

Republican presidential candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argue a point during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Images are slipping

It isn't everyday I get a note from one of Donald Trump's former supporters, saying he doesn't know what he's talking about. Published March 31, 2016

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and his wife Melania, at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) ** FILE **

What Americans worry about

The Republican presidential campaign is getting uglier, reaching new lows even for Donald Trump and his struggling rival Ted Cruz. Published March 24, 2016

In this Monday, March 14, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally in a hanger at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Trump exception to free trade

Donald Trump has made global trade a major issue in his presidential campaign, accusing U.S. companies of hurting our economy by moving jobs abroad to benefit from cheap labor. Published March 15, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump's negative ratings         The Washington Times

Tracking Trump's unfavorability

Former front-runner Donald Trump came in second in Iowa for many reasons, but the biggest one is that he is widely disliked by most Americans. Published February 2, 2016

Illustration on Bernie Sanders ascendant by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's slowing momentum

It looks like Hillary Clinton will lose to Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire and Iowa for a lot of reasons. Published January 26, 2016

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2012 file photo, police stand with guns drawn at the entrance to Brookfield Square Mall across from the scene of a shooting at Azana Salon in Brookfield, Wis. President Barack Obama’s moves to license more private gun sellers and do background checks on buyers will have the greatest impact on the fast-growing and largely unregulated world of online sales. But it’s not clear that the steps will transform the broader gun market, and even the White House says it can’t predict how much good it will do. Online transactions have included weapons later used in high-profile mass shootings, including the 2012 mass shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File)

More to fear from big government than guns

Barack Obama wants us to believe that the biggest issues facing our country today are gun control and global warming. Some of the GOP presidential candidates say it's illegal immigrants who threaten us. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders think it's big business and the top 1 percent. Published January 5, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he arrives at a campaign stop at the White Mountain Athletic Club  Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Waterville Valley, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For lack of a competent GOP champion

Whatever may be the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, it is turning into one of the most bizarre contests in U.S. political history. In both parties. Published December 1, 2015

Several Republican insiders say that Donald Trump (left) and Ben Carson, despite espousing positions the GOP faithful support, lack the ability to be effective as president if elected. (Associated Press)

Focusing on the sluggish economy

This week's Republican presidential debate was on the whole a very grown up affair that finally focused on the sluggish Obama economy. Published November 12, 2015

President Obama speaks during a Organizing for Action event in Washington. Six years ago, the Obama administration set the ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness in 2015 and ending the backlog in disability claims. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Crawling toward the finish line

As we enter the eighth and last year of Barack Obama's presidency, the economy still remains the overriding issue in the 2016 elections. Published November 10, 2015