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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

FBI Director James B. Comey's mixed message on Hillary Clinton's email server can be used as leverage by Republicans for the November elections. (Associated Press)

FBI gave Trump a gift, but will his campaign know how to exploit it?

In presenting a cascade of apparently damning evidence against Hillary Clinton and then letting her off the hook Tuesday, FBI Director James B. Comey handed Donald Trump and other Republicans a gift that can keep giving through the November elections, political observers said. Published July 5, 2016

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants the running-mate job. Just as important, over the past several months of advocacy for Donald Trump, Mr. Gingrich has shown that he can manage to extol the billionaire businessman's virtues and explain his failures without upstaging him. (Associated Press)

Newt Gingrich VP buzz intensifies with Donald Trump announcement possibly this week

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, in a moment of levity, looked into the TV cameras at an Aspen, Colorado, event at which he and possible Donald Trump running mate Newt Gingrich were featured speakers on Saturday. As if addressing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Biden said of Mr. Gingrich, "Donald, I'm not endorsing him. He's bright as hell, but I disagree with him." Published July 4, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press) **FILE**

Republican rules chairman aims to lock in Donald Trump as nominee

In an escalation of mutual distrust among top party members, a Republican National Committee official will formally move to block House Speaker Paul D. Ryan from possibly thwarting Donald Trump's nomination, The Washington Times has learned. Published June 29, 2016

Former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth says a committee needs to find how to reform Congress, but it likely won't happen before the January inauguration. (Associated Press)

Poll: Voters more unhappy than ever with Congress

For the first time in memory, more Americans disapprove than approve of the job their own members of Congress are doing, according to a new poll of 1,000 registered voters. Published June 19, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sees himself as a conservative, despite doubts among some critics in his party. A campaign official told 22 groups with right-wing interests that Mr. Trump is committed to a conservative platform. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump promises to embrace conservative GOP platform

Donald Trump, despite claims by critics that he is not a conservative, will fully embrace the Republican Party platform that the nation's 22 leading conservative groups are drafting, a senior Trump campaign official said. Published June 13, 2016

Critics within the Republican Party have decried front-runner Donald Trump, but with Mr. Trump now all but assuredly the presumed nominee, the party faithful must coalesce behind his candidacy. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump victories compel Republicans to unite behind him

Critics may be standing on soft ground in claiming that Donald Trump can't unite the Republican Party because he's at odds with the conservative movement and the party on core policy issues, being to the left of Hillary Clinton on key subjects. Published May 4, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press) **FILE**

RNC rules panel rejects proposal to simplify convention procedures

A Republican National Convention panel shot down an effort Thursday to simplify the rules for the presidential nomination, but anti-establishment forces claimed victory after the party's top attorney said existing rules make it difficult to substitute candidates. Published April 21, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Paul Ryan email blasts causing top Republicans to wonder

House Speaker Paul Ryan has been showering select Republican bigwigs with email messages, causing some to wonder whether Mr. Ryan is setting himself up to play "white knight" at the Republican National Convention. Published April 20, 2016

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus ruffled some feathers this year by floating the idea of a nomination calendar overhaul before 2020. (Associated Press)

RNC dispute centers on resistance to change rules at GOP convention

Charging the Republican National Committee's top echelons with "institutional tyranny," Oregon RNC member Solomon Yue has accused Chairman Reince Priebus, a longtime ally, of organizing a covert campaign to discredit him, The Washington Times has learned. Published April 18, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's statements on abortion, now recanted, cost him the support of pro-life allies. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's abortion gaffe undermines his aura of invincibility

In yet another undermining of the New York tycoon's aura of invincibility, the influential National Right to Life Committee's board of directors voted over the weekend to endorse his chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Meanwhile, several prominent Republicans who had advised making peace with the inevitable are now walking back their earlier acceptance. Published April 3, 2016

Donald Trump predicts he will enter the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer with as many as 1,450 delegates. Other prognosticators say he will be lucky to eke out the 1,237 majority needed for the party's presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Trump on track to win barely enough delegates for GOP nomination

If Donald Trump can keep up his winning streak, he will head to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with just barely enough delegates to win the presidential nomination outright, avoiding a messy fight that has all sides of the GOP wary of the consequences. Published March 21, 2016

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2006, file photo, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland is seen. Whoever wins a majority of the 2,472 convention delegates, or 1,237 votes, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is the party’s nominee. What happens if there’s no winner on the first ballot? Delegates vote again and again until one candidate gets a majority. On subsequent ballots, most delegates are free to vote for whomever they please.(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Top GOP lawyer says most scenarios favor Trump nomination at convention

The chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association sees the odds favoring Donald Trump's winning the GOP presidential nomination on the first-ballot, even if the billionaire businessman marches into the GOP convention in Cleveland as many as 100 delegates short of a majority. Published March 21, 2016

A switch to Robert's Rules of Order wouldn't guarantee Donald Trump the Republican nomination but would make it easier for all sides to see what sorts of changes anti-Trump factions are attempting. (Associated Press)

RNC weighs scrapping convention rule book to head off anti-Trump maneuvers

Top Republicans will try to force more transparency at the party's national convention in July, aiming to scrap their 1,500-page rule book in favor of simpler procedures that they hope will head off arcane maneuvers designed to deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination. Published March 16, 2016