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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow, the chief political correspondent of commentary, 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

From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

It's still Elizabeth, Bernie, a deflated Joe and Kamala (hanging by a thread)

Joe Biden, the former vice president, having practiced politics since 1972, had what should have been a simple task: to show he has the right stuff to be president and is prepared to lead the nation somewhere specific, where Democratic voters actually want to go. He did neither. Not even close. Published August 1, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as she participates in the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke listen. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The big four of the Democratic debaters

Bernie "I do know it, I wrote the damn bill" Sanders, coming off as more vigorous and passionate in Tuesday's CNN debate than in NBC's June debate, didn't look or act as relatively ancient as he in fact is at 77. Published July 31, 2019

President Donald Trump is seated during a full honors welcoming ceremony for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Yes, a close moral call -- but Trump's right to restore death penalty

Attorney Gen. William Barr's announcement that the federal government will resume capital punishment is good news for a rule of law under assault in America, rightly ending former President Barack Obama's unwisely compassionate suspension of federal capital punishment. Published July 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to receive credentials from newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia in Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP)

The latest tall tale from Moscow -- and a Riyadh reminiscence

This is for you tired, poor, huddled masses ready to throw yourselves out a window if you hear one more mention of Jerry Nadler, Bob Mueller, obstruction of justice and -- oh God, no! -- Vladimir Putin stealing our elections. Published July 8, 2019

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Hawks rip Trump for keeping America at work, not war

First, take a deep breath. Now take a look at the Wall Street Journal. The otherwise fine newspaper editorially on Saturday blasted President Trump. For what? For not killing Iranians and blowing up Iranian targets to show how super our American power is. Published June 24, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" in shooting down a U.S. drone but suggested it was an accident rather than a strategic error.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, true to his himself, shoots down his Iran warhawks

President Trump's shocking statement that Iran probably didn't mean to shoot down our $110 million spy drone sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats into a state of consternation -- which now becomes the 12th battleground state. Published June 21, 2019

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Why old Joe Biden this time won't work (tempus fugit)

OK, I say this with trepidation because age is the third rail of polite discourse: Joe Biden as a 2020 presidential nomination candidate at this point in early 2019 looks, well, ancient. Published May 16, 2019