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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

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to Chinese President Xi Jinping after attending a business event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal from his planned summit with North Korea raises the stakes for China to show that it can steer the North toward easing tensions over its nuclear program. But despite a recent warming in ties, Beijing's influence over its neighbor may be overstated. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Trump, fists cocked, storms NATO, jabs allies and China

President Trump, fists cocked, landed Tuesday at the NATO summit in Brussels with an America-First determination the likes of which allies from Germany's Angela Merkel to Britain's Theresa May and U.S. foes such as China's Xi Jinping have never experienced -- or expected -- from a U.S. leader. Published July 10, 2018

Members of the armed services stand among flags prior to the national anthem as part of "Salute to Service" during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Our patriotic songs display America's difference from Britain

Looking for another point of pride on our nation's 242nd birthday? Well, unlike the patriotic compositions of our mother country Great Britain, our paeans to our native or adoptive land do not presume a haughty superiority over other peoples and lands. Published July 4, 2018

In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sentosa Island in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The deal is what Trump does

If the always eloquent President John F. Kennedy, a suave and mannered Democrat, was around today and said what you're about to read, I suspect the distinguished members of our Fourth Estate would ask not what they could do for his words. The press would ask how it could quote his words more often every hour of every day. Published June 13, 2018

The Barbara Bush I remember

From a first-floor window in the family's summer home on Walker's Point, Barbara Bush spied me standing bemused, shivering and overcoat-less. Published April 18, 2018

This combination of two file photos show U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington on Feb. 26, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending in the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2016. Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim by May, a top South Korean official said Thursday, March 8, 2018, in a remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E, File)

Kim Jong-un's offer vs. his character

There's only one credible reason North Korea's murderous dictator Kim Jong-un would mean what he says about wanting to talk with President Trump about denuclearizing North Korea. Published March 9, 2018

Guns, Churchill and electoral politics

President Trump, who could go down as one of our best presidents ever but has to work a bit harder at it, picked a 2020 campaign manager on Tuesday. In virtually the next breath he holds a White House gun-violence session with lawmakers and manages to make eyes cross and eyebrows arch among tens of millions of staunch supporters. Published March 2, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he watches with his wife Melania Trump the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) ** FILE **

Mr. Trump wants us to march to fife, drum and sousaphone

For the U.S. to start annual major July 4 military parades in Washington just doesn't seem to capture what America is all about. The shining city on the hill is not a militaristic image. But on the other hand, what's another $12 million out of a federal budget that's already so busted it's not funny? Published February 10, 2018