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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

Republicans fire at Obama on ‘Watergate redux’

The Obama administration's response to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is increasingly being compared by Republicans with Watergate, the 1972 break-in that eventually toppled President Nixon. Published November 1, 2012

Romney allies eye less interventionism abroad

On the eve of Monday's foreign-policy debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, two prominent conservative leaders allied with Mitt Romney predict that as president he would pursue an "America first" foreign policy that is less interventionist that in recent administrations and more like President Eisenhower's in the 1950s. Published October 21, 2012

Northern Virginia campaign volunteers clap for Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, who stopped by the Romney-Ryan campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Mr. Ryan thanked the supporters for their hard work, noting that it is the personal connection of things such as their 100,000 phone calls that will make a difference in the campaign. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Outclassed by Dems in 2008, GOP goes door-to-door in battleground blitz

Convinced they were outclassed by the Obama campaign's ground game four years ago, Republican Party officials say they are ringing more doorbells, making more personal phone calls and soliciting more early ballots this year to level the playing field for nominee Mitt Romney. Published October 21, 2012

Romney campaign takes friendly fire from within GOP

Republican officials in key states have two contradictory opinions about this year's presidential campaign: The Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket is the worst-run ever, but despite that, they're doing fine in their own states. Published September 24, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan drew cheers when he spoke before the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday. (Associated Press)

Evangelical supporters of Romney gather at summit

He wasn't there but Mitt Romney got some love over the weekend at a Washington, D.C., gathering of more than 2.000 evangelical Protestants representing a demographic that proved crucial to electing the last four Republican presidents. Published September 16, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Sept. 13, 2012, during a campaign event at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, Va. (Associated Press)

GOP: Embassy attacks give Romney chance to tie Obama to Carter

Mitt Romney's overtly political response to Tuesday's attacks on American diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya drew fire from both the left and right, but some Republicans said the flare-up gives him an opening to further paint President Obama as the heir to President Carter. Published September 13, 2012

Euro conservatives warn of the temptations of socialism

Once a socialist-style program is established in a democracy, it's virtually impossible to get rid of, a ranking member of the British government said during the delayed opening session of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Published August 28, 2012

Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Jim Bopp helped prevent a floor fight on Tuesday, negotiating an agreement with the Romney campaign over proposed changes of rules involving the nomination process. (Associated Press)

Opponents defeat feared ‘power grab’

Mitt Romney's campaign has stepped back from a major confrontation with fellow Republicans who were irate over what several ranking party officials had called a "power grab" by the presumptive nominee. Published August 27, 2012

**FILE** The United Nations headquarters in New York

GOP platform opposes U.N. global tax plans

National Republican party officials on Wednesday put their party officially on record opposing United Nations' attempts, some backed by Democrats in Congress, to assess a special tax on Americans and give the money to Third World nations. Published August 22, 2012

GOP takes tough platform approach

Republicans next week will likely adopt what veteran platform writers said is the most conservative platform in their history after the drafting committee voted to keep strict pro-life, pro-defense and traditional marriage planks intact. Published August 21, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks April 5, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. (Associated Press)

Paul backers vow trouble 
over Oklahoma delegates

The attorney for Rep. Ron Paul's Oklahoma delegates to the Republican National Convention on Monday threatened the withholding of votes for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Oklahoma's GOP chairman says. Published August 20, 2012

Portman seen having edge as VP choice

When it comes to Mitt Romney, political insiders tend to agree on two things: Every name floated as the Republican nominee-in-waiting's vice presidential pick brings some political baggage and, baggage notwithstanding, low-key Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is the likeliest choice. Published August 9, 2012

Paul strives for common ground with tea party

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made efforts this week to overcome a split between his father's supporters and tea party backers in a move that could pay dividends for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Published August 1, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a pro-life Catholic with a fiscally conservative reputation and no known opposition among evangelicals, whose votes Republicans will be counting on in November. Those factors play into his name appearing on a short list of possible vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. (Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star via Associated Press)

McDonnell appears on VP shortlist

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has emerged as one of three Republican officeholders who political handicappers say have the most potential to unify the party and boost the fortunes of GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney as a running mate in November. Published July 26, 2012

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Sarah Steelman is being attacked as not deserving true conservative support. (Associated Press)

Gender politics in play in Missouri GOP primary

In a GOP version of gender politics, some prominent Republican politicians and women's groups have endorsed Sarah Steelman over two conservative male candidates in Missouri's Aug. 7 Senate primary — despite her past votes opposing tort reform and support from labor and trial lawyers' groups. Published July 23, 2012