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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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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 ...

Needed: Leaders with moral compasses

By Salena Zito
ALIQUIPPA Sometimes the view of American society through the prism of social media and cable news is incredibly disheartening. We shrug off — or, worse, defend — cheaters in professional sports; we not only accept but often praise awful jobs ...

Where America, big government collide

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON A subtle but constant collision occurs in the nation’s capital every day. It is something that people who work here wouldn’t necessarily notice because of their jobs, or that first-time visitors might overlook as they take in the architecture ...

Which way to turn?

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON We all face some sort of intersection in our lives. Sometimes, if we aren’t paying attention, we miss that focal point of decision and ...

Elites, media & character

By Salena Zito
American culture is at odds with a lot of things that shade its values, character and work ethic. Most notable of these are politics and Hollywood, the celebrity-driven entities that dominate media coverage. The collision of Hollywood and the presidency ...

What will 2016’s political tides bring?

By Salena Zito
APPOMATTOX COURTHOUSE, Va. Steve Garfein sat at the head of a long folding table, his back to a massive white tent intended to hold the thousands of visitors attending the anniversary commemoration of the South’s surrender to the North ...

Zito: Magnanimity in victory marked Civil War’s end

By Salena Zito
“April 9th is the greatest day in American History.” — C.M. Cunningham, Union soldier from West Virginia APPOMATTOX COURTHOUSE, Va. The meeting began ...

Clay cousins illuminate Rand Paul’s run

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON When Rand Paul announces Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president, he will be a stone’s throw from the office where Henry Clay first practiced law and a half-hour from the Richmond, Ky., ...

GOP succeeding at down-ballot level

By Salena Zito 9:00 p.m.
Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years. White, 26, became the 120th Republican in ...

Cotton’s Iran letter turns tables on Obama

By Salena Zito
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man returned to his car at a Sheetz gas pump along old U.S. 40 in this western Maryland town, sandwiched between ...

Sestak’s quote stumble fails trust test

By Salena Zito
We all make mistakes; it’s human nature. How we recover from our blunders is what defines our character and shapes our lives. And in this, even the small mistakes — the ones that you think no one will notice, or that ...

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