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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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Obama puts politics ahead of leadership

By Salena Zito
HARMONY, Pa. Sometimes a village’s name fits its surroundings perfectly. You have to wonder if this village’s frontier founders saw the untouched forest and felt a sense of accord. Or did the village embrace the name by reflecting its ...

The gender card is a loser for Democrats

By Salena Zito
Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and an eager Hillary Clinton surrogate, opened a new front against men — it’s difficult to categorize this as a front for women — by ridiculing half of her constituents (and half ...

Beating back government by judiciary

By Salena Zito
It was the most important contest in America that nobody knows about. Everyone is examining last week’s Republican romp in governorships and state legislatures across the country, including historic majority margins in Pennsylvania’s state Senate, a blowout in Kentucky and ...

Meet the real electorate

By Salena Zito
Marco Rubio took to the ballroom stage two weeks ago in Pittsburgh’s Omni William Penn Hotel, the robber baron-era grande dame that has hosted every ...

Divisiveness unwelcome at diner

By Salena Zito
AMSTERDAM, Ohio Outside the white clapboard cottage with red-trimmed shutters and a 1930s Extron gas pump, the sign still reads “Marsha’s Diner.” Inside, “Grammy’s Kitchen” ...

Dems appeal to ‘progressives,’ not all Americans

By Salena Zito
NEW BALTIMORE, Pa. Most people speeding along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, on a curve cutting the deep valley between High Knob and Cove Ridge, will miss seeing the only set of stairs on America’s first superhighway. For 75 years the ...

We’ve been here before

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON To understand today, you must know or understand our past. History matters. More often than not, when a major political event happens in America, it is immediately categorized as the “worst moment ever.” Respect for the historical lineage of ...

All party political success is local

By Salena Zito
Last week brought the best news for Democrats that nobody heard about. A top operative, the man who managed one of the most critical elements of building his party’s backbone, resigned from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC). He had ...

The House, the White House & 2016

By Salena Zito
MANNS CHOICE, Pa. Because of a congressman’s persistence in getting a post office for this unincorporated Bedford County village of a handful of people in 1848, this town got his name. The U.S. Postal Service issued maps calling it Manns ...

Braddock & unorthodoxy

By Salena Zito
BRADDOCK Whenever perfect storms of catastrophe roll through the country, this Western Pennsylvania town has been in each tempest’s eye since the founding of our republic. No matter how many times people have lost heart or trust, those who stayed ...

Biden connects with disaffected voters

By Salena Zito
There wasn’t a hand that Joe Biden didn’t shake in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade, even those holding Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump signs. After his ...

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