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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow was 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

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

Foreign investigators examine wreckage at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ethiopian Airlines had issued no new updates on the crash as of late afternoon Tuesday as families around the world waited for answers, while a global team of investigators began picking through the rural crash site. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Boeing and the FAA: Crossing the risk line

One possible not-so-pleasant impression is that a Republican congressman sounded as if he was reading Federal Aviation Administration talking points written by the Boeing public affairs staff. We're talking about Rep. Sam Graves, the House Transportation Committee's ranking Republican member. Published March 13, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., delivers her inaugural address following her swearing-in ceremony at the Renaissance School for Musical Theater and Technology in the Bronx borough of New York on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

A bird? A plane? No, it's AOC!

That dazzling light streaking through the Democratic firmament is AOC on her way to being the Democrats' 2020 presidential-nomination queen-maker. Published March 7, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after speaking about his plan to move a 1,300-page spending measure, which includes $5.7 billion to fund President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the sticking point in the standoff between Trump and Democrats that has led to a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McCarthy-McConnell Republicans betrayed Trump, killed the wall

Forget the sunny-side propaganda put out by all sides on the Great Border Security Compromise Act of 2019. It's intentionally fatal flaw lets southern-border municipalities nix wall construction on their turf for any reason they choose. Published February 17, 2019

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is brought up on stage by President Donald Trump as he takes the stage at a rally at Alumni Coliseum in Richmond, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Bless this odd foreign-policy couple: Trump and Paul

With the exception of Ronald Reagan, our presidents since JFK have been unable to resist the stirring bugle-and-drums call of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower called the "military-industrial complex." Published February 3, 2019

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic pastors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump, emergency powers and Italian popes

Florida Sen. Little Marco took a step closer to becoming the Republicans' Nancy Pelosi when he aimed a stream of water on President Trump's possible use of his emergency powers to get that $5.7 billion border thing built. Published January 28, 2019

In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, photo pedestrians pass a makeshift encampment where migrants seeking asylum wait in Matamoros, Mexico, on a bridge connecting the U.S. and Mexico. The latest proposal President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans made to fund the border wall includes provisions that would be far more consequential than the wall, by making the already difficult task of winning asylum even harder. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

How to build that border thing now that government is up and running

The reaction to President Trump's signing a continuing resolution that reopens government for 21-days but without $5.7 billion for border security is like this winter's weather - colder than some people would like but warmer than expected. Published January 26, 2019

Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, declares himself interim president of the nation until elections can be held during a rally demanding President Nicolas Maduro's resignation in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Why it's OK for Trump to back nonviolent regime change

President Trump, showing unhesitant leadership, has recognized Juan Guaido as interim, though not-really-legal president. That's an extraordinary -- wait, make that unprecedented -- slap in face of an elected president, in this case Nicolas Maduro, of another country, in this instance Venezuela. Published January 23, 2019