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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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Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week

By Salena Zito
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance ...

Arrogant media elites mock Middle America

By Salena Zito
The media’s elitists just keep getting you wrong, America. And this has nothing to do with whether something is or isn’t a “gotcha” question, because that is always the easy excuse for any candidate who is unhappy with a news ...

Kentucky senator Paul’s outside-the-Beltway thinking draws voters

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Rand Paul is not who you might think he is. The libertarian viewpoints of the junior U.S. senator from Kentucky put him at odds ...

Vice President Biden’s unusual behavior ingratiates, repels

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — When Vice President Joe Biden stroked 8-year-old Kayla Kosmalski’s face during the celebratory signing of a law benefiting disabled children, no one in ...

Pennsylvania Democrats’ image is in trouble, analysts say

By Salena Zito
Even with their candidate in the governor’s mansion and the promise of a national convention in Philadelphia, this year has had a rocky start for ...

It’s official: Philadelphia to host Democrats for 2016 national convention

By Salena Zito
No city could be a better backdrop than Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention if Hillary Clinton is the party’s presidential nominee. “It will be ...

Toomey, Manchin team on bill that targets job-jumping predators

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin want to make sure no school district can “pass the trash” again. The Pennsylvania Republican and West ...

Those with disabilities now ABLE to save, celebrate passage of bill

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Sara Wolff’s life story aptly took her to the White House on Tuesday. There, she joined two others from her hometown of Scranton — ...

Trib poll finds United States going in the wrong direction

By Salena Zito
No matter how you frame it, Americans are dissatisfied with Congress and President Obama, divisional politics and the direction the country is going. “I have got ...

Voters opt for ‘Don’t Know’ in 2016 presidential race, poll finds

By Salena Zito
Asked who they would prefer to run for president in 2016, most voters choose “Don’t Know,” a nationwide Tribune-Review poll found. Sixty-three percent of those surveyed ...

Moderate Dem Manchin has decision to make

By Salena Zito
Joe Manchin is torn. The popular West Virginia Democrat, sitting in the U.S. Senate since 2010, said he genuinely wants to stay there — but only if real legislating can get done between majority Republicans and minority Democrats. If not, he ...

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