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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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Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran

By Salena Zito
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one ...

Biden visit to Pittsburgh on Labor Day to test waters for presidential run

By Salena Zito
Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to march with an estimated 60,000 union members and their supporters in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is another sign he’s ...

Another Know-Nothing moment

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an insurgent political party based on Protestant fear of being marginalized by Irish and German immigrants flooding the Northeast and Midwest ...

Clinton: Women ‘expect’ extremism from terrorists, not GOP candidates

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND — Republican presidential candidates who espouse “out-of-date, out-of-touch policies” are somewhat like terrorists who hold extreme views about women, Hillary Clinton told hundreds of ...

Who in GOP field will seize Trump’s populist mantle?

By Salena Zito
On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, in 1964, Barry Goldwater forecast a “stunning upset” for himself in the presidential election just days away, with the aid of “millions of unhappy and disgusted Americans.” The Arizona Republican spoke to a ...

Candidate for 37th District Pa. Senate seat releases ad

By Salena Zito
A Republican candidate for the November special election for the 37th District state Senate seat promotes his military service and community outreach efforts in his first television ad, released Tuesday. Guy Reschenthaler, 32, of Jefferson Hills placed the ad on ...

Philanthropist and one-time GOP powerhouse Elsie Hillman dies at 89

By Salena Zito
Philanthropist Elsie Hillman, a Republican matriarch who rubbed shoulders with presidents and politicos but could just as easily befriend doormen and waiters, died Tuesday in ...

Remembering Elsie Hillman

By Tribune-Review
“Elsie was one of my earliest and most loyal political supporters. She is one of the people about whom I think I might never have been president without their help and encouragement. She was so special in so many ways, ...

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89

By Brad Bumsted and Salena Zito
NORRISTOWN — Former U.S. Sen. Richard S. Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a liberal Republican who became Ronald Reagan’s surprise pick for vice president in his unsuccessful ...

GOP convention host Cleveland shaking off Rust Belt image

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND — The city that bills itself as a place where grit meets sophistication is readying for big moments in the national spotlight. It’s an important ...

Former Virginia Governor Gilmore joins 520 vying for presidency

By Salena Zito
If you think 17 Republicans running for president is absurd, consider this: When former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore jumped into the GOP primary contests Thursday, ...

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