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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

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

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