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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

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

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, waits to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Keeping this Mitt off helm of state

Conservatives may laugh at Mitt Romney's oh-so-obvious flirt with mounting a 2020 nomination challenge to President Trump. They shouldn't. Published January 3, 2019

In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis waits outside the Pentagon. President Donald Trump says Mattis will be retiring at the end of February 2019 and that a new secretary will be named shortly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The last straw for President Trump

Some of our knowledgeable but more cranky foreign-policy experts have absolutely had it with President Trump -- as they have at least once a week every week since Jan. 20, 2017. Published December 23, 2018

President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In -- and out -- like Flynn

Our judicial and executive branches are making us look more like a half-peeled banana republic. What else can you conclude when a federal judge hurls the accusation of treason at Michael Flynn, the former director of America's super-secret, super-important Defense Intelligence Agency? Published December 19, 2018

FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

Bush's spirit of compassion, duty soared beyond confines of politics

George H.W. Bush was one of the best-prepared men in history to hold the presidency and forged a reputation as a master of the world stage while in office -- but he was also a trailblazing pioneer afterward, as an ex-president who showed life after the White House could be fun. Published December 2, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a campaign event for Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine, left, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in downtown Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Sen. Lindsey Graham to Trump: Gina Haspel or nothing

You can't help pumping your fist and mouthing "yes!" on watching Sen. Lindsey Graham spring to action again on Wednesday. You could almost hear him going after Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate Democrats during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings last month. Published November 29, 2018

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, center, of Tree of Life Synagogue carries their Torah to be stored elsewhere in Pittsburgh on Monday, October 29, 2018. The man accused in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre appeared briefly in federal court in a wheelchair and handcuffs Monday to face charges he killed 11 people in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

The Squirrel(ly) Hill Trump haters in Pittsburgh

What is going on over at "Fair and Balanced" headquarters? Fox News made its lede story Monday night that 11 Pittsburgh members of a national left-wing "social justice " group calling itself "Bend the Arc" wrote an open letter saying President Trump is not welcome in Pittsburgh unless he renounces "white nationalism." Published October 30, 2018

In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Behind Trump's Saudi stall

President Trump appears to be stalling on what to do about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the day-to-day ruler of the fabulously rich and in some ways fabulously backward oil kingdom. Published October 24, 2018