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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


Articles by Ralph Z. Hallow

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, addresses the 114th annual national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Aide's resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul's war with neocons

Some Republicans are accusing the party's neoconservative hawks of playing dirty pool in an attempt to smear Sen. Rand Paul as a bigot for having an aide who once expressed admiration for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Published July 22, 2013

** FILE ** This Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Exclusive: Edward Snowden's father suggests son's leaks may be protected by Constitution

Lon Snowden’s anguish over his son, Edward Snowden, is turning into something else he didn’t expect: disillusion with a government he once proudly served. “I’m an American citizen who has lost faith in many of the leaders on both sides of the political aisle,” Mr. Snowden said during an interview with The Washington Times. Published July 1, 2013

Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

Conservative senators shine at Road to Majority Conference

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, often overshadowed by some of the chamber's more high-profile conservatives, won the warmest reception on the opening day of a major gathering of Christian conservatives in Washington on Thursday, ahead of two certified crowd-pleasers: fellow Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Published June 13, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Mission accomplished: Rand Paul draws raves during tour of deep-blue California

Sen. Rand Paul introduced himself to Silicon Valley's richest technology giants, met with top-tier members of the Republican intellectual establishment, addressed 1,000 invited guests at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Sunday wound up a seven-day trip to California by winning warm reviews for his sermons at three evangelical church services. Published June 3, 2013

** FILE ** This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds to questions during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Evangelical weakness in gay Boy Scouts debate could hurt GOP

Signs of waning evangelical power in the nation's culture wars and in Republican policy — and some unexpected challenges for GOP candidates — loom as the 103-year-old Boy Scouts of America gears up for a definitive vote this week on whether to welcome openly gay youths into the organization's ranks. Published May 20, 2013

"The corruption of the consultant culture dishonors America's values by honoring greed over philosophy. It cheapens the sacrifice made by good men and women who serve in public office to protect the culture of our nation."

GOP ad chief fires, sues protege as part of war on consultants' greed

Rex Elsass, chief executive of the largest Republican campaign advertising firm in the country, might have answered "yes" if he had been on the "Should we shoot all the consultants now?" panel at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Published May 12, 2013

Political activist Howard Phillips dies

Howard Phillips was a magnificent anomaly in the worlds of politics and personal life. During his 72 years, he went from being a Harvard-educated, unsuccessful Jewish Democratic candidate for public office to an evangelical Protestant Republican who founded the Conservative Caucus and led a decades-long crusade to end the government funding of the left that was taking place under GOP and Democratic administrations alike. Published April 21, 2013

Reince Priebus has been the target of criticism over a 2012 election post-mortem report that has riled Republican Party conservatives. (Associated Press)

RNC rejects conservative-backed rules changes

Republican National Committee members failed to reach a compromise over rules changes pushed by the party’s grass-roots activists, defeating on a 28-25 vote a proposed amendment that would return more decision-making power to the state Republican parties. Published April 11, 2013

Reince Priebus has been the target of criticism over a 2012 election post-mortem report that has riled Republican Party conservatives. (Associated Press)

RNC meeting eyes outreach to minority voters, internal reforms

Desperate to reverse a quarter-century death spiral with minority voters and restore the grass-roots decision-making that many here feel Mitt Romney undermined in 2012, Republican National Committee members will take on both issues at their spring meeting here this week. Published April 9, 2013

President Obama speaks about the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative on April 2, 2013, in the East Room at the White House. (Associated Press)

Some in GOP eye Obama ideas with envy

President Obama has been busy in recent weeks with legacy-burnishing announcements, including Tuesday's $100 million initiative to map the human brain, and some in the GOP say it's just the kind of inspiring idea their party used to be known for. Published April 3, 2013

"I think that a lot of people in this country without party labels agree that we need to be pro-life, and lives are worth saving," Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told CNA at last week's annual March for Life. (CBS News via Associated Press)

GOP has $10M for outreach to minority communities nationwide

The Republican National Committee will launch a $10 million minority engagement initiative this year that will send hundreds of party workers into Asian, Hispanic and black communities, coast to coast, to talk about what Republicans believe in. Published March 17, 2013