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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

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Left behind in rural Northwest Ohio

By Salena Zito
VAN WERT, Ohio Two sunnyside-up eggs, four thick slices of bacon and wheat toast will lighten your wallet by under three bucks at Balyeat’s World …

Democrats’ white-vote dilemma

By Salena Zito
LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. — Sitting on the back of his truck, a homemade turkey wrap in one hand and a bottle of water in the other, Mark said the Democratic Party he grew up with is vastly different from the one …

Attacking McDonald’s attacks the American dream

By Salena Zito
KEYSERS RIDGE, Md. Atop a sweeping promontory named for a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad executive, a McDonald’s restaurant is one of two places to rest and grab a bite in this mountainous rural interchange. The other place is a truck …

Either way, Perry prepared for 2016

By Salena Zito
Rick Perry won’t decide before early next year if he will run for president again in 2016, but he does not “shy away from telling people that I am actively considering it.” “The lessons I learned in 2011 were frustrating …

‘Ready for Hillary’ in Northeast Pa.

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON Evie McNulty and her husband, Jim, have been there from the beginning. She is Lackawanna County’s recorder and he is Scranton’s former mayor. Despite serving only one term in the 1980s, he is credited with starting the renaissance of …

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 …

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