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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

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Presidential debate winners and losers

To the probable consternation of his critics, Donald Trump came off as authentic and, compared to Hillary Clinton, the more likable of two much-disliked presidential wannabes in their first head-to-head presidential debate Monday night. Published September 27, 2016


Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

With swing-state polls reportedly driving some nervous Hillary Clinton supporters to check out housing prices in Canada, attention is turning to what many in both parties thought the impossible — a Donald Trump presidency and what it might look like. Published September 19, 2016

Sean M. Spicer, Chief Strategist & Communications Director for the RNC.

Sean Spicer on loan to Donald Trump's campaign

In an unusual move, Donald Trump's new campaign leadership will have the in-person, on-site help of Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee's chief strategist and communications director. Published August 22, 2016

Democrat Lloyd Bentsen (left) and Republican Dan Quayle in 1988 were relative centrists compared with this year's vice presidential candidates, says the leader of the American Conservative Union. (Associated Press/File)

Vice presidential candidates rank as polar opposites on conservative scale

With voter approval rates for Hillary Clinton averaging a negative 10.9 percentage points and those for Donald Trump at a negative 28.6 percentage points, it's conceivable that their vice presidential choices will tip the scales for undecided voters in November. Published August 15, 2016

Tim LaHaye (left), shown here with co-author Jerry B. Jenkins, was a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction best-sellers. He died Monday in San Diego days after suffering a stroke at age 90. (Associated Press)

Christian leader and author Tim LaHaye dies at 90

Christian leader Tim F. LaHaye, whose 16 blockbuster "Left Behind" novels sold 80 million copies worldwide, died Monday at a San Diego-area hospital after a stroke. He was 90. Published July 25, 2016

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, gavels the convention to order during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reince Priebus must decide whether to enforce Republican pledge

Whether Sen. Ted Cruz's speech here was standing up for principles or simply dissing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to ready himself for 2020, the question now is whether Mr. Priebus will pursue his threat to enforce the pledge Mr. Cruz, Jeb Bush and John Kasich signed to support whoever is the Republican nominee. Published July 21, 2016

FBI Director James B. Comey's mixed message on Hillary Clinton's email server can be used as leverage by Republicans for the November elections. (Associated Press)

FBI gave Trump a gift, but will his campaign know how to exploit it?

In presenting a cascade of apparently damning evidence against Hillary Clinton and then letting her off the hook Tuesday, FBI Director James B. Comey handed Donald Trump and other Republicans a gift that can keep giving through the November elections, political observers said. Published July 5, 2016

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants the running-mate job. Just as important, over the past several months of advocacy for Donald Trump, Mr. Gingrich has shown that he can manage to extol the billionaire businessman's virtues and explain his failures without upstaging him. (Associated Press)

Newt Gingrich VP buzz intensifies with Donald Trump announcement possibly this week

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, in a moment of levity, looked into the TV cameras at an Aspen, Colorado, event at which he and possible Donald Trump running mate Newt Gingrich were featured speakers on Saturday. As if addressing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Biden said of Mr. Gingrich, "Donald, I'm not endorsing him. He's bright as hell, but I disagree with him." Published July 4, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press) **FILE**

Republican rules chairman aims to lock in Donald Trump as nominee

In an escalation of mutual distrust among top party members, a Republican National Committee official will formally move to block House Speaker Paul D. Ryan from possibly thwarting Donald Trump's nomination, The Washington Times has learned. Published June 29, 2016

Former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth says a committee needs to find how to reform Congress, but it likely won't happen before the January inauguration. (Associated Press)

Poll: Voters more unhappy than ever with Congress

For the first time in memory, more Americans disapprove than approve of the job their own members of Congress are doing, according to a new poll of 1,000 registered voters. Published June 19, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sees himself as a conservative, despite doubts among some critics in his party. A campaign official told 22 groups with right-wing interests that Mr. Trump is committed to a conservative platform. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump promises to embrace conservative GOP platform

Donald Trump, despite claims by critics that he is not a conservative, will fully embrace the Republican Party platform that the nation's 22 leading conservative groups are drafting, a senior Trump campaign official said. Published June 13, 2016

Critics within the Republican Party have decried front-runner Donald Trump, but with Mr. Trump now all but assuredly the presumed nominee, the party faithful must coalesce behind his candidacy. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump victories compel Republicans to unite behind him

Critics may be standing on soft ground in claiming that Donald Trump can't unite the Republican Party because he's at odds with the conservative movement and the party on core policy issues, being to the left of Hillary Clinton on key subjects. Published May 4, 2016