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President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, on the approaching debt limit deadline. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

LAMBRO: Economy weakening week after week

The American economy, for some inexplicable reason, has been pushed to the sidelines in the fierce debate over a fiscal crisis that threatens to shut down much of the government. Published July 28, 2011

President Obama speaks to reporters about the continuing budget talks on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LAMBRO: Artful dodger Obama

President Obama's job approval score sank to nearly 40 percent this week in the midst of a budget and debt-limit crisis that threatens to further weaken our economy and America's future. Published July 21, 2011

Illustration: Deficit by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Taming the deficit monster

There have been many attempts to slay the deficit monster that lurks in the appropriations committee rooms of Congress, only to see it return to life more menacing than ever. Published July 19, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, waves to the crowd as she officially announces her intent to seek the GOP presidential nomination on Monday, June 27, 2011, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LAMBRO: Michele Bachmann's moment

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has singularly achieved what most of her colleagues only dream of doing but never will: Breaking out of the anonymity of 435 House members to become a national political figure in her own right and a candidate for the presidency. Published June 28, 2011

Illustration by Mark Weber

LAMBRO: Obama could sink with capsizing economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's lower economic growth estimates for this year and next diminishes President Obama's already weakened prospects for a second term. Published June 23, 2011

Illustration: Obama ideas

LAMBRO: Back to the White House drawing board

President Obama broke his silence this week on the precipitous decline in job creation, saying he's not happy with the unemployment rate and, by the way, the economy's troubles began in George W. Bush's administration. Published June 9, 2011

Illustration: Economic mayday by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Mayday over May unemployment

President Obama went to Toledo on Friday to boast about his "economic recovery," but didn't say a word about that morning's grim unemployment report showing only 54,000 jobs were created in May. Published June 7, 2011

Illustration by Mark Weber

LAMBRO: GOP draws a line in the loot

This week's House vote against raising the debt limit was a long-overdue, fist-shaking declaration of public outrage at the runaway spending that endangers America's economic security. Published June 2, 2011

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, has proposed cutting $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade as a start to dealing with the national debt. The plan relies on repealing the year-old health care law and deep cuts in Medicaid. (AP Photo)

LAMBRO: Medicare demagoguery backfire

If the Democrats are counting on making a comeback in the 2012 elections by demagoguing the Republican Medicare reforms, they had better think again. The No. 1 political issue for the remainder of this year and most likely in 2012 will be the lackluster, persistently high-unemployment Obama economy, which Republicans will nail to Democrats' hides from Maine to California. Published May 26, 2011

Illustration by Paul Tong

LAMBRO: Survival of the fittest GOP candidates

Seventeen months before Americans go to the polls to elect their next president, the field of Republican candidates is rapidly being winnowed down to its strongest contenders. Published May 17, 2011

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner

LAMBRO: Debt limit showdown looms

The debt limit battle is heating up, the second of three 2011 heavyweight budget fights that could have a major impact on the 2012 presidential election. The national debt will near its statutory limit of $14.3 trillion next week unless Congress allows the Treasury to continue borrowing enough money to pay the government's bills. House Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday that Republicans will agree only if President Obama and congressional Democrats agree to major budget reductions with no tax increases. Published May 12, 2011

Illustration: Trillion dollar man by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Trillion-dollar Obama

There are two fundamental things that need to be done to restore America's economy to its former health: reduce government spending and thus shrink its debt, and increase federal tax revenues by boosting economic growth, new business formation and job creation. Published May 5, 2011

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi greets supporters in Tripoli on Sunday as envoys from the African Union, including South African President Jacob Zuma, arrived for two days of talks with Col. Gadhafi and rebel leaders. The African Union repeated its call for a cease-fire. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Obama's Libyan dalliance

President Obama seems to have trouble giving the Libyan rebels what they need most in their life-and-death struggle to topple Col. Moammar Gadhafi's repressive dictatorship: weapons. Published April 21, 2011

Illustration: Obama cuts by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Mr. President, a scalpel won't do the job

House Speaker John A. Boehner extracted more budget concessions from President Obama and the Democrats than was at first evident when the deal was announced last week. Published April 12, 2011

Illustration by Mark Ryder

LAMBRO: Recovery in jeopardy

Americans are getting hit on all fronts nowadays. Wages are flat or falling. Income-tax bills are due by April 18. Food prices are rising. And gas prices that are soaring toward $4 a gallon now threaten to reverse the nation's economic-growth rate. Published April 7, 2011

Illustration: Gen. Obama

LAMBRO: Bringing a Tomahawk to a gunfight

In the first two years of his tutorial presidency, Barack Obama replaced Teddy Roosevelt's well-advised admonition to "speak softly and carry a big stick" with "be friendly and carry an olive branch." Published March 22, 2011

Illustration: Idle wrench by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Economy stumbles over unemployment

The unemployment numbers came out last week, but they were not the nationwide 8.9 percent average that was announced with much hoopla earlier this month and captured all of the headlines. Published March 17, 2011

Illustration: NPR faces budget axe by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: GOP takes a cut at budget behemoth

There's no chance the Senate is going to take up last week's House Republican budget cuts, yet it sent a loud, clear, muscular message to the other side of the Capitol that the Obama Democrats' spending-binge days are over. Published February 22, 2011

MOVERS: Republican leaders in the House leave a luncheon with President Obama on Wednesday. From left are: Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They discussed spending and the national debt. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: A messy House

House Speaker John A. Boehner has reintroduced a welcome if sometimes messy change in what once was known as "the people's House": the right to amend pending legislation. Published February 17, 2011

President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

LAMBRO: New budget assault on reality

The Obama administration seems to have a serious problem with its hearing or its memory, possibly both. In November, the voters said loud and clear that government is too big and spends too much, but 3 1/2 months later, the White House has forgotten that midterm election message. Published February 15, 2011