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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 Carter vs. Reagan by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's fate turns on 'better off' query

Are you better off than you were four years ago? That is the politically pivotal question that will ultimately determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. This, of course, was the question former Gov. Ronald Reagan posed in his 1980 debate with Jimmy Carter. Published June 21, 2012

Illustration: Debt cliff by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama refuses to alter spendthrift course

Barack Obama simply refuses to take responsibility for a weak, jobless economy that's persisted longer than it should have because of his impotent policies over the past three-plus years. Published June 14, 2012

Illustration: Down economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's economic myopia

The government says the economy is weakening yet again and unemployment claims are rising, but President Obama is going about business as usual. Published May 31, 2012

Federal prisoner Keith R. Judd is pictured at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas, in March 2008. (AP Photo/The Beaumont Enterprise, courtesy of Keith R. Judd)

LAMBRO: Bad news for Obama in the mountains

President Obama isn't doing so well in some of his party primaries where a surprisingly large number of Democrats are giving him the thumbs down. Published May 24, 2012

In this Nov. 4, 2010, photo, a sign turning away potential job-seekers is seen outside of a construction site in New Orleans. Employers added the most jobs in five months in October, with the education and health care sectors leading the way. But the unemployment rate, measured by a separate survey of households, refused to budge. It remained stuck at 9.6 percent for the third straight month. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LAMBRO: Obama's useless 'to-do' list

President Obama sent a warmed-over five-point "to-do" list to Congress this week that he said will create jobs and spur growth. There was nothing new in any of the points. He's offered these ideas before, but Congress rejected all of them. Published May 10, 2012

Illustration: Obama's economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's double-whammy economy

It should be clear by now that President Obama is running against the U.S. economy, and as of last week, the economy was beating him. Published May 8, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: What Obama won't say as he campaigns

President Obama officially has begun his 2012 campaign, telling special-interest groups what the government will do for them if he is elected to a second term. Published April 24, 2012

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Running on the low road

It should be clear by now that Barack Obama will not be running for a second term based on his record over the past four years. After presiding over the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression, with a wreckage of still-high unemployment, reduced incomes, increased poverty and continuing home foreclosures in his wake, Mr. Obama's re-election campaign won't be running "morning in America" ads this year. Published April 19, 2012

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LAMBRO: Restless Republicans turn to Romney

Remember all the pundits who warned that the poisonous Republican presidential primary battles threatened to divide the GOP and seriously weaken their nominee? Published April 17, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: No one's buying Biden's Brooklyn Bridge

Vice President Joseph R. Biden has begun attacking former Gov. Mitt Romney's credentials on the economy - the issue for which President Obama gets his worst marks in his job-disapproval polls. Published March 29, 2012

Illustration: Obamacare rationing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Punishment by any name

The Supreme Court's historic debate over the constitutionality of President Obama's unpopular health care law is all about economic freedom. Published March 27, 2012

Illustration by Tim Brinton

LAMBRO: Obama's orphan issue

The government's monstrous budget deficits continue their meteoric rise under President Obama's big spending policies, further threatening America's shaky economy and future growth. Published March 20, 2012

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LAMBRO: Reid deals for survival

A Republican takeover of the Senate in November was about as close to a sure thing as it gets in today's politics. But now the contest could become a bit more difficult after some unsavory backroom deals cut by two Democratic leaders. Published March 8, 2012

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LAMBRO: High unemployment could fell Obama

President Obama may be getting great pleasure from the Republicans' lengthening battle over who can beat him in November. But he faces a much stronger opponent between now and then: a weakened U.S. economy. Published March 1, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Blockading Canadian oil

There's a simple, one-word answer to President Obama's latest lecture that "we can't drill our way" to lower gas prices: Baloney. Published February 28, 2012

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LAMBRO: Santorum's sloppy words

A presidential candidate's campaign rhetoric can reveal a lot about what he truly believes, but some of Rick Santorum's language has pushed that to the edge. Published February 23, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Squeezing optimism from dubious statistics

In the high stakes of political combat, perceptions can matter as much or more than reality, and maybe that's why President Obama's numbers are creeping up in some polls. Published February 16, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's proposed budgetary house of cards

Two things you need to know about President Obama's nearly $4 trillion budget for fiscal 2013: It will likely add another $1 trillion to a $15.3 trillion debt, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not act on any full budget plan this year. Published February 14, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Bad news buried, Obama boasts

President Obama seized upon last week's improved jobs report as "more good news" on the economy, though the true unemployment rate never made the headlines. Published February 7, 2012