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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

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, speaks to students of Year Up Chicago, a one-year long job training program that provides low-income young adults, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Chicago. The senator present at a White House immigration meeting says President Donald Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, saying he "said these hate filled things and he said them repeatedly." (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Trump's point is well-taken; the rest is Durbin noise

Most people aren't race-baiters, haters or supremacists, including those nodding their heads in agreement with what President Trump said in a private meeting to Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Published January 16, 2018

In a Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, Robert De Niro attends the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

When actors acting dumb aren't acting

Why do undisputed titans of stage and screen -- think Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep -- turn into mental midgets when they talk about President Trump? Published January 11, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington. From left, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Trump, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's new TV show -- genius at work

A Trump charm and, yes, intelligence lit up television screens all over America on Tuesday afternoon. Freed from the restraints and cautions of Bannonism, the president suddenly seems to soar like an eagle. Published January 9, 2018

Then-White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cybersecurity in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Who's the genius now?

The new boss set out to drain the swamp of its stinky people. Published January 9, 2018

This image released by NBC shows Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Trump, meet your 2020 Democratic opponent -- Oprah!

Praising the same press that President Trump deplores, Oprah Winfrey, the darling of much of America, looked and sounded Sunday night like President Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2020 general election. Published January 8, 2018

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ** FILE **

Who made you a witness for the prosecution, Mr. Bannon?

Only a Never Trumper or a reflexive Trump-bashing Democrat is happy with the hellstorm that broke on Wednesday with the publication of excerpts from "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." Published January 4, 2018

President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Brussels. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The ambassador tweets his mind, not unlike...

Some high-ranking Republicans told me they briefly considered snubbing a French Embassy Christmas party Wednesday after Amb. Gerard Araud tweeted -- then quickly deleted - an accurate but ill-timed observation about U.S. history. Published December 13, 2017

This Nov. 8, 2017, photo released by NBC shows Matt Lauer on the set of the "Today" show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for "inappropriate sexual behavior." Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday's "Today" show. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)

You're fired! The whys come later

Which side are you on, the presumption of innocence or a boss' right to fire for sexual harassment, without furnishing proof? Published December 7, 2017

President Trump will visit China Wednesday for the first time in his presidency, where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss both North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Republicans have also urged Mr. Trump to press Mr. Xi on the country's human rights record, which they believe has been dismal under communism. (Associated Press)

What if the U.S. can't stop North Korea?

If President Trump gets what he's after in meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, it will be a triumph of almost superhuman Trumpian persuasiveness. Published November 7, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, arrives for the start of a closed-door security briefing at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

About Jeff Flake as a man of principle ...

As the images and sounds (mostly whining) on cable news and the Facebook/Twitter posts attest, there are people -- probably some very nice people -- who think of themselves as principled conservatives and who irately defend Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, as one of them. Published October 26, 2017

In this combination photo, former president George H.W. Bush appears at an NFL football game in Houston between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans on Nov. 4, 2012, left, and actress Heather Lind appears at AMC's "Turn: Washington's Spies" season three premiere event in New York on April 20, 2016. Lind accused former President George H.W. Bush of touching her from behind while she was posing for a photo alongside him and telling her a dirty joke at a Houston event in 2014. The former president's office apologized Wednesday and offered an explanation. (AP Photo/File)

Hollywood's transparent attempt to equate Bush 41 to Harvey Weinstein

You may think some on the left have no shame, but you have to admit they do have transparency. Here's "Turn: Washington's Spies" actress Heather Lind. In an Instagram, she said former President George H.W. Bush, 93, "sexually assaulted" her by touching her derriere, during a photo-op in Houston, while he was in the wheelchair to which he has been confined for the last five years. Published October 26, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, announced he would not run for re-election next year, condemning in a speech aimed at President Trump the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" that is undermining American democracy. (Associated Press)

This Flake got snowed -- and soon will melt away

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake unburdened himself and burdened the rest of us Tuesday with what may rank as one of the worst-delivered nationally televised speeches in the history of the U.S. Senate. Published October 24, 2017

President George W. Bush has a telephone conversation in the Oval Office after finishing his first 100 days in office on April 30, 2001. (The Washington Times)

How I became a 'Horrible fellow'

The Democrats tell me they tend to want to read what I've written because it gives them the best idea of where Republicans, particularly conservatives, want to go and what their strategy is. Published October 19, 2017