Salena Zito Columns

Where to from Cleveland, Philadelphia?

CLEVELAND Who are we as a nation right now, right in this moment? Hard to define, isn't it? We could use a cliché — "We ...

The 'knowns' & 'unknowns' in the race for president

CLEVELAND Monday's opening of the Republican National Convention is not the first time our country has stepped into the political unknown in this city. The ...

Can we retire our 'politics of the ridiculous'?

WASHINGTON No one here seems to get it. Ask, and you get the same befuddled look on every face. Same goes for Los Angeles, Chicago, ...

Independence and the enduring legacy of George Washington

JUMONVILLE, Pa. Rain began pouring that day in the way it does in the hollows here that makes man and beast wonder whether everything atop ...

Keep those eyes on bellwethers Ohio & Pennsylvania

Perception and reality are two different things in politics. On paper, Republicans Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio should be losing in ...

Orlando attack re-exposes the great American divide

SMITHTON, Pa. Gunshots echoed across the mountains hugging the valley cut by the Youghiogheny River as anglers, boaters, bikers and day-hikers enjoyed the Great Allegheny ...

A mountain-view metaphor for November

FARMINGTON, Pa. The view is simply breathtaking. Sit on the wooden front porch of the Summit Inn on Chestnut Ridge, atop one of the higher ...

A foundation against the gales of populism

Populism is sort of like a tornado. It can cut through a town, sweeping up great sections in its fury, but then take a sharp ...

Remembering those who shaped a nation

An estimated 41 million Americans have served in the U.S. military during conflicts and wars since 1776. That amounts to about 7 percent of the ...

'The haters' will pick our next president

ELIZABETH, Pa. Homemade signs on a private lot along State Route 51 have changed their subject lines over eight years but not their objective: They're ...

Is Trump the end or the beginning of populism?

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. For years, students of history and politics have waited for a populist election that would wake up the voters who trace their ...

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