Salena Zito Columns

Donald Trump's choice

SHARON As the crow flies, the distance from this former industrial town hugging the Ohio border to Indiana — the site of this week's presidential ...

Western Pennsylvania ready for another starring role

JOHNSTOWN Funny how Western Pennsylvania voters always find a way to be the center of the political universe in any election cycle. Democrats in a ...

Political class fueled populist wave that won't soon subside

Watching the coverage of this year's presidential campaigns, it is evident that most members of the political class do not understand why Donald Trump appeals ...

Winning GOP delegates' hearts & minds

CAMP HILL "Choose Cruz!" signs lined U.S. Route 15 and the winding driveway and sidewalks leading to the Radisson conference center in Harrisburg, where Pennsylvania's ...

Will Wisconsin be Trump's Waterloo? 

What rich irony, if one of the most calculating politicians in modern American politics miscalculated the will of Wisconsin's Republican voters, something Democrats have done ...

Tracing the roots of the rise of modern populism

VIENNA, Ohio Frank Bellamy didn't realize he was getting caught up in a populist movement when he started paying attention last July to what Donald ...

A third party emerges — within the Republican Party

A 49-year-old Western Pennsylvania police officer, who spent 28 years as a registered Democrat, decided he'd had enough last week. He stood up from breakfast ...

America's great divide in one Ohio corner

PIEDMONT, Ohio H.A. Huff and Son's Feed and Hardware is the first building you see when you turn into town from the old National Pike. ...

Seeking grace in politics

David Beasley was under the weather. He listed that as a reason, perhaps, to receive absolution for what he posted on Facebook: "I have a ...

Awaiting America's political earthquake

HANAHAN, S.C. — Twenty-six years before this low-country city was incorporated, Chad Chinners' grandfather took a risk and opened Blackwell's Building Supply Co., hoping to ...

Treating Sanders' South Carolina supporters as 'outliers' could hurt Hillary

KINGSTREE, S.C. Janice McKnight knows what it feels like — the nearly indescribable weight and isolation — when the American dream fails. "It's so hard ...

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