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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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Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’

By Salena Zito
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink ...

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 ...

Flaherty concedes to Wagner in Allegheny County Controller race

By Aaron Aupperlee  and Salena Zito
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner survived a fierce and well-funded challenge to her job Tuesday. Wagner defeated Mark Patrick Flaherty, a former controller who benefited from ...

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 ...

West Virginia billionaire Justice plans to run for governor as Democrat

By Salena Zito
Billionaire businessman Jim Justice’s run for governor in West Virginia could draw skepticism and respect from voters, much like the love-hate relationship many have with ...

Texas Senator Cruz sets sights on ‘uninspired’ conservatives

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — More and more Americans are worried that life will worsen for the next generation, so a central issue in the 2016 presidential election ...

Santorum to make ‘big announcement’ on May 27; possible presidential run?

By Salena Zito and Bill Vidonic
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum likely will announce a run for president in Pittsburgh. Santorum tweeted Wednesday night that he will head to Pennsylvania for a ...

What’s in a name? A Pittsburgh connection to Britain’s new princess

By Salena Zito
Like Kevin Bacon and the six degrees of separation, there always seems to be a Pittsburgh connection to world events — even the naming of ...

Republican businesswoman Fiorina joins 2016 presidential fray

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — If she becomes president, Carly Fiorina said, one of the first things she’d approach Congress about is undoing complex regulations that burden businesses. Fiorina, ...

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 ...

Iraqi ambassador to U.S.: Global rejection of ISIS crucial

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Islamic State terrorists are a global problem whose ideology “should not be allowed to have breathing space,” Iraq’s ambassador to the United States ...

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