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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 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

President Barack Obama speaks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Obama economy coverup

After the combative, vacuous questions CNBC reporters asked during the last Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump wants to set the terms of the next televised event for himself. Published November 3, 2015

Illustration of Paul Ryan by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

How Paul Ryan set sail

Rep. Paul Ryan's selfless decision to end the hardline conservative rebellion in the House by seeking its highest leadership post is a noble act. Published October 22, 2015

Illustration on the need to reveal Hillary Clinton's actual role in the Benghazi incident by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

Giving Hillary a pass

The national news media has declared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the clear winner in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. Published October 15, 2015

Kevin McCarthy      Associated Press photo

Bracing for conservative winds of change

Congress was hit by two blockbuster issues in the past week: choosing who will replace John Boehner as House speaker and the GOP's plans to cut income tax rates if they win the presidency next year. Published September 29, 2015

Illustration on the presidential race so far by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Revisiting the campaign battleground

In just three months, the gates will open on the 2016 race for the presidency that could well be the most important election in modern U.S. history. Published September 24, 2015

"I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I'm sorry about it, and I take full responsibility," Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a post that repeats many of her words from an ABC News interview earlier Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Hillary 'apologizes' for her emails

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized this week for using an unsecured email system to send messages discussing U.S. foreign policy and national security issues. Published September 10, 2015

President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the White House and to board Marine One helicopter, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base and onto Boston where he will speak at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Not bad but no boom

The Obama economy added fewer jobs in August than economists expected, but as usual the story drew relatively little attention in the news media. Published September 8, 2015