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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

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, laughs while speaking during a victory party on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Florida suddenly within Gingrich's grasp

Mitt Romney has long had the edge in money and staffing in Florida, but Newt Gingrich's big win Saturday night in South Carolina has blown the Jan. 31 primary in the Sunshine State wide open. Published January 21, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, speaks at the Personhood USA forum in Greenville, S.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Gingrich makes play for gold vote

Newt Gingrich has moved to capture some Republican voters who lean toward Ron Paul and other Republicans who were Jack Kemp followers by naming two gold bugs to the Gingrich future team of advisers. Published January 20, 2012

Perry's support helps Gingrich

Rick Perry's withdrawal and perfectly timed endorsement of Newt Gingrich on Thursday probably will help the former House speaker pick up a percentage point or two in South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday, political analysts predict. Published January 19, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, accompanied by his wife, Karen (center right), son Daniel (left) and daughter Elizabeth (second left), speaks during a primary night rally on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Conservatives feud over Santorum endorsement

In an evolving power struggle, religious conservatives are feuding about whether a weekend meeting in Texas yielded a consensus that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is the best bet to stop Mitt Romney's drive for the Republican presidential nomination. Published January 16, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign stop in Nashua, N.H. (Associated Press)

Evangelical leaders pick Santorum on third ballot

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won endorsement on the third ballot on Saturday at an invitation-only meeting of evangelicals held at the Brenham, Texas, ranch of Nancy and Paul Pressler, an evangelical leader told The Washington Times on condition of anonymity. Published January 14, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters at his rally headquarters Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Manchester, N.H., as his wife Callista watches. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gingrich ad buys not confirmed with FEC

Claims by a pro-Newt Gingrich "super PAC" that it made $3.4 million in ad buys in South Carolina are not borne out in Federal Election Commission records, The Washington Times has found. Published January 11, 2012

RNC directs spotlight to issue of Taiwan

Trying to give weight to an issue that party officials say has been ignored in debates and on the campaign trail, members of the Republican National Committee hope to jar candidates' attention with a resolution raising Taiwan's security as a campaign issue. Published January 10, 2012

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum speaks to reporters Sunday in Concord, N.H., after the second of two weekend debates with his GOP rivals. The Pennsylvanian, who campaigns as a fiscal hawk, favored public financing of two new sports stadiums in Pittsburgh in 1997. (Associated Press)

Santorum backed Pittsburgh stadium tax hike

Even as Rick Santorum's Iowa-caucuses boost shows signs of fading just days before the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, prominent politicos in his hometown of Pittsburgh are challenging his claim to an unblemished record of fiscal integrity. Published January 8, 2012

Mitt Romney

Religious right to mull foiling Romney

Prominent evangelical and other religious-right leaders invited to a private "Stop Romney" meeting in Texas this weekend are pessimistic about the chances of agreeing on a mutually acceptable alternative to the GOP presidential front-runner, one of those invited has told The Washington Times. Published January 8, 2012

As Iowans prepare to vote, doubts linger about Republican field

Doubts persist among Republican Party professionals about the quality of this year's presidential field and the ability of the leading candidates to defeat an unpopular Democratic president struggling with a stubbornly bad economy. Published January 2, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, autographs a book before a stop at Global Security Services in Davenport, Iowa, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Gingrich, Santorum get key endorsements

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has corralled one of the top names in the conservative evangelical movement by winning the endorsement of Donald E. Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association and American Family Radio, in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Published December 20, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich addresses an Iowa veterans candidates forum Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, as wife Callista looks on. Iowa's GOP presidential-preference caucuses on Jan. 3 are likely to be dominated by evangelicals, who are divided over whether to overlook or forgive Mr. Gingrich's personal history. (Associated Press)

Evangelicals' shifting attitudes aid Gingrich

A thrice-married, twice-divorced, Southern Baptist-turned-Catholic would not seem a good fit for evangelical voters, a key bloc of the Republican electoral base that will play an outsized role in the critical Iowa caucuses next month. Published December 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich leads Romney in latest Iowa poll

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich added momentum to the surge of his presidential nomination candidacy, placing well ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in an Iowa poll released late Saturday by the Des Moines Register, the state's largest-circulation daily newspaper. Published December 3, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said he would give some illegal immigrants permanent resident-worker status - but not citizenship. (Associated Press)

Tea partyers split over Gingrich on illegals

Newt Gingrich's willingness to let certain illegal aliens avoid deportation has annoyed some and pleased others on the right, leaving open whether it will slow his growing ascendency over the Republican presidential field. Published November 28, 2011

CROWD PLEASER: GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich presses the flesh Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla. "The surge of support for me is a result of a steady focus on substance, on large-solution proposals," he says. (Associated Press)

Gingrich sees himself as man of substance

Newt Gingrich, now leading by double digits in Iowa and California and in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney for first place in two national polls, ascribes his rise to the top of the Republican presidential nomination heap to substance: a candidate consistently demonstrating depth and breadth of knowledge on domestic and foreign issues. Published November 17, 2011

RISING: In Florida, a poll has former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in third place with 17 percent of the GOP vote. (Associated Press)

Once written off, Gingrich surges

After stumbling badly out of the gate, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is showing surprising signs of life — rising in the polls and even attracting rising support from evangelical voters who have long been cool to the former House speaker. Published November 10, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks at a GOP forum in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Backers are saying he failed to reach out to evangelical Christians and has done a poor job on using surrogates. (Associated Press)

Perry backers lament errors in campaign

Rick Perry supporters say he and his campaign's top officials failed to rally evangelicals sufficiently to make him the viable alternative to Mitt Romney in what some conservatives say is rapidly turning into a disappointing non-contest for the presidential nomination. Published October 13, 2011