Salena Zito Columns

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 ...

Shuster & the Trump factor

EVERETT Late last fall when Congressman Bill Shuster walked into Kelly's Scenic View in this Bedford County town at the tip of the Cumberland Gap, ...

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 ...

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