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Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer, a Trib editorial page columnist and host of Off Road Politics on TribLIVE radio. Salena Zito can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7879

Off Road Politics connects Washington with Main Street hosted by Salena Zito and Lara Brown PhD. Exclusive radio show on @TribLIVE

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A poor reflection of America

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A young mother tried to control her three youngsters in the hall outside the House Budget Committee conference room as her husband chatted with a committee staffer, who was giving the Kansas family a tour of the vast U.S. …

Democrats have their own problems

By Salena Zito
BOSTON, Pa. In 2007, Marilyn said, she was unwaveringly confident of a couple of things: Democrats would win the presidency, Hillary Clinton would be their nominee and the “party of the people” (of which she is a proud member) would …

Century after WW I’s start, U.S. still on brink of change

By Salena Zito
BUFFALO, N.Y. Department store magnate John Sattler opened the doors of the majestic Sattler Theater as the world entered the “war to end war” that began 100 years ago in July, one month after the June 28 assassination of Archduke …

Cucolo exemplifies service worth saluting

By Salena Zito
CARLISLE, Pa. — It is unsettling to understand how difficult it is for a soldier to quit being a soldier. After 35 years in the …

Kasich a doer who’s nobody’s guy

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio John Kasich sits, legs crossed and arms waving expressively, at the table where Abraham Lincoln sat with another Ohio governor and received a …

Emerging populism bursting Washington bubble

By Salena Zito
PLEASANTVILLE, Pa. The homemade sign along state Route 96 in Bedford County could easily be missed if a driver is distracted by the winding curves at the base of the Allegheny Mountains. “Our country is dying. Please pray for all …

Matching WWII achievements a daunting prospect

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio The last thing his commanders said before he dropped from a plane somewhere near Bastogne was “good luck.” It was the Battle of …

Rules for everyone but Conyers

By Salena Zito
John Conyers did not do the simplest part of his job. And for his failure, a federal judge rewarded the incumbent Michigan congressman. The judge allowed Conyers to remain on the primary ballot even though he didn’t legally gather the …

Voters seek middle, want results

By Salena Zito
Allyson Schwartz never understood, even in the waning days of trying to win the Pennsylvania Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination, how voters could possibly reject her candidacy. Marjorie Margolies never got it, either; she projected an entitlement to winning back the suburban …

Media miss new populist wave

By Salena Zito
Brian Sullivan now knows the frustration that many Republicans feel every time some media outlet trots out another wackadoodle who says, with assumed authority, that he or she represents the party’s mainstream attitudes. Sullivan, the likeable CNBC anchor and host …

Climate gravest threat only in D.C.

By Salena Zito
Delvis Dutton shuts the door of his white-and-blue utility truck and walks up to the camera. “The other guys are running for Congress,” he says. “Well, me, I am running against Congress. If you want more of the same, I …

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