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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

Illustration on Trump administration difficulties by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

The Comey memo

When the news broke this week that President Trump had passed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister at a White House meeting, administration officials said the story was "false." Published May 18, 2017

Illustration on the Trump firing by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Flames from the Comey firing

Sir Walter Scott's epic admonition, "Oh, what a web we weave when first we practice to deceive," perfectly describes the furor over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Published May 11, 2017

Illustration on the tax burden by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

A subpar economy looms

The U.S. economy plummeted to its weakest quarterly growth rate in two years in yet another bleak reminder of former President Obama's failed fiscal policies. Published May 4, 2017

Illustration on Trump's "position changes" since election to office by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Donald Trump's conflicting messages

One hundred plus days into his topsy-turvy presidency, Donald Trump and his administration are sending conflicting messages about the agenda he ran on in his 2016 campaign. Published April 27, 2017

Illustration on Trump's difficulty with republicans and governing by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Trump's problems here and abroad

President Trump's problems, at home and abroad, have been mushrooming in recent weeks faster than he can say "make America great again." Published April 6, 2017

President Donald Trump awaits the arrival of Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The president's plunging polls

President Trump's job approval polls are plunging to historic lows as voters realize that he may not be able to keep some of his top campaign promises. Published March 30, 2017

The spending mess that Obama left behind

President Trump dug deeply into the federal budget this week and proposed abolishing and or cutting a lot of wasteful, needless agencies and programs. Published March 23, 2017

Trump Claims of Eavesdropping of His Campaign Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Tweets and trials

Two of the government's highest ranking intelligence officials will go before a House committee next week to testify about President Trump's bombastic claim that his predecessor "tapped" his phones during the 2016 election. Published March 16, 2017

Former President Barack Obama leaves the National Gallery of Art in Washington on March 5, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The messy health care fight

Repealing and replacing Obamacare was always going to be a messy, combative, internecine battle. And that's what it has become. Published March 9, 2017

President Donald Trump walks along the Colonnade of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, after his return on Marine One helicopter. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump's not-so humble speech

President Trump went up to Capitol Hill Tuesday to present his agenda before 535 lawmakers in an age-old tradition that acknowledges they alone have the power to accept, revise or reject his proposals. Published March 2, 2017

Illustration on Trump's tweeting by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

Donald Trump's tweets

President Trump faces a lot of trouble at home and abroad, but you would never know it from the complaints he regularly fires off in his combative, news-making tweets and other remarks. Published February 9, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launching ceremony of Bovanenkovo-Ukhta 2 gas pipeline and the Zapolyarye-Purpe and Kuyumba-Taishet oil pipelines via video link in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Trump-Putin friendship

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office today, yet another nominee in his forthcoming Cabinet is staking out sharp differences with his views on foreign policy. Published January 19, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump speaks in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 16, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The problem with tariffs

Donald Trump won the presidency, in large part, by promising working class voters that he would create lots of new jobs by imposing tariff taxes on imported goods. Published January 5, 2017

Italian soldiers patrol next to Milan's gothic cathedral, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. Following the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Italy is strengthening security measures for areas where crowds are expected for Christmas ceremonies. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Praying for peace in an age of terror

In this season of joy when we pray for peace on earth and good will toward men, there seems to be precious little of either nowadays. Published December 22, 2016

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