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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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Making environmentalism divisive

By Salena Zito
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray jobs were ...

Domestic terror, fear & voters’ anger

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio Larry Fitzpatrick woke at 3 a.m. two Fridays ago, hours after five servicemen were gunned down in Chattanooga, Tenn., and just knew he had to do something. A few hours later when the Armed Forces Career Center opened ...

Reflecting populism born of frustration

By Salena Zito
There is a disturbance in American politics. But no one in the political class seems to be pinpointing the correct source. Donald Trump gets all of the credit for it from journalists, pundits and academics. They could not be more ...

Pa. Dems’ disarray could boost GOP in 2016

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA Republicans held a smart, enthusiastic, well-organized leadership conference here last month that drew presidential candidates and party rock stars, plus edgy, informative panels for ...

Don’t remove history’s lessons

By Salena Zito 9:00 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA It’s not hard to imagine how life was conducted in 1776 as you stand where 56 men signed a document severing them from Great Britain. River rock remains the bumpy surface for the grid of streets between old buildings ...

Leading on race: Communities, not elites

By Salena Zito
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as ...

Progressives’ tug-of-war fuels Dems’ identity crisis

By Salena Zito
Dana Haswell Corbin had no idea she was bucking conventional political wisdom when she wore her pale blue “Bernie for President” T-shirt months before a primary vote in any state, let alone her native Pennsylvania. Conventional wisdom dictates she is ...

Still waving despite all our divisions

By Salena Zito
GETTYSBURG It is quite possible that all 7,620 people who live in this central Pennsylvania town lined up along Baltimore Street for the annual Memorial Day parade. It’s also quite possible that every one of them held an American flag. ...

Main Street overlooked by, at odds with elites

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A 5-foot-8-inch plastic Jesus in tan robe and white shroud stood gallantly outside the House side of the U.S. Capitol last week. Hundreds of ...

For ‘the working guy’ but killing good middle-class jobs

By Salena Zito
A tugboat pushing nine loaded coal barges chugged up the Ohio River, toward the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. It eventually passed the McConway & Torley steel foundry along the Allegheny, likely headed for one of the few ...

Unquestionable courage & sacrifice

By Salena Zito
ARLINGTON, Va. The perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones, majestically holding formation along this national cemetery’s pastoral hills, reminds you that our soldiers are sentinels guarding ...

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