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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

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

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, stand during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence brings social justice to 49ers

All you do as Vice President is go to funerals -- and, if you're Mike Pence, you kick the NFL and its anthem kneelers in their overinflated footballs. Published October 8, 2017

Protesters hold up signs during a rally supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, outside the White House in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump's administration will "wind down" a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday, calling the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority." ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

America's second Civil War

The U.S. is in the middle of a second civil war. On one side are Americans who think we have a unique, enviable and exemplary culture. On the other side are sanctuary city mayors, their supporters everywhere, and Democrats who desire diversity ahead of assimilation. Published September 5, 2017

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson stunned viewers by saying, "The president speaks for himself, Chris." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Tillerson is a patriot -- and a swamp denizen

You might think if Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson were an honorable-though-displeased Cabinet officer, he would have it out in private with his boss, the president of the United States, and then resign, absent a meeting of the minds. Published August 29, 2017

Bedminister, we have a problem

Your typical dictator of a small country might as well be a mouse for all the notice the world pays, unless two things happen. Published August 10, 2017

In this undated photo of a group of immigrants, who arrived at Ellis Island in New York, wait in line to begin immigration proceedings. Senior White House aide Stephen Miller told reporters Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, that the poem written by Emma Lazarus about the "huddled masses" is not part of the original Statue of Liberty. Miller says the Statue of Liberty is a "symbol of American liberty lighting the world" and suggested the statue had little to do with immigrants. The National Park Services says Lazarus' sonnet depicts the statue as a symbol of immigration and opportunity. (AP Photo/File)

What's un-American about putting skilled foreigners first in line? Nothing

If you can flash a college diploma, boast a skill that promotes our national interests, mouth English with credible clarity, and have a job awaiting you in, say, Cleveland, immigration officials will greet you with thumbs up and a smile. George W. Bush tried to add merit as an immigration criterion in 2007. Published August 9, 2017