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  • It’s lonely being a moderate on Capitol Hill

    02/05/2018 3:45:56 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feburary 3,2018 | By Salena Zito
    It’s not easy being the man in the middle. Joe Manchin will be the first one to tell anyone that. “I am trying to hang in there, but it is getting tougher every day,” he told me. “You know why I say it sucks? Because it doesn’t have to suck. It doesn’t have to be an unfriendly, hostile work environment. The reason I say hostile is the way things are set up on both the Republican and Democrat side, you are supposed to come to work every day and work against the person on the other end,” he added, referring...
  • This town celebrates Christmas with an Italian-American feast

    12/24/2017 10:12:47 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/23/2017 | Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH — It’s just after 6 o’clock in the morning, but Joseph Sabino Mistick is already on his second cappuccino and is now buying a round for everyone who just walked into La Prima Espresso coffee shop. “Misticks for all of them!” the former deputy mayor of Pittsburgh says to the barista. (The hot creamy creation with an extra sprinkle of cocoa is named after him.) It’s dark and frigid outside, but inside this tiny espresso bar the room is bursting with rich aromas, chatter and excitement as patrons start planning their traditional day of shopping for cena della Vigilia...
  • Appreciate What You Have, Instead of Believing You're Entitled to It

    10/31/2017 5:28:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 31, 2017 | Salena Zito
    CHICAGO -- When he first came to this city 14 years ago from his home, located 20 miles outside of Sofia, Bulgaria, he only knew two words in the English language: "Pepsi" and "pizza." "I came here because my best friend said, 'In America, no matter who you are, you can make something of yourself and make something good for your family if you just work hard,'" he says with a rich mixture of his native tongue and near-perfect English. "So, I did." Along with him came his wife and his 5-year-old son. They immediately settled in the northwest suburbs...
  • Democrat should be terrified by this Governor's race.

    10/22/2017 5:40:43 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 27 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 10/21/2017 | Selena Zito
  • The Democrats should be terrified by this governor’s race

    10/21/2017 12:45:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 21, 2017 | Salena Zito
    WINCHESTER, VA. — The melodic sounds of a street musician’s trumpet echo through every corner of this old Virginia town as locals shop or make their way to lunch. Daren Johnson has been blowing his horn at the pedestrian mall in the shadow of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum for over an hour. He performs for two reasons: “To make some extra cash and to share a little bit of lightness. We are exhausted as a country,” he said, “a direct result of last year’s election.” Johnson and his wife were tireless volunteers for Hillary Clinton last year. They...
  • Stumped by Trump’s success? Take a drive outside US cities

    10/19/2017 2:02:37 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Salena Zito
    It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.
  • The media is missing the Republican takeover in New England

    10/02/2017 5:36:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 9/30/17 | Salina Zeto
    On Sept. 19, Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett tweeted that he suddenly “[Remembers Vermont has a Republican governor].” His tweet prompted Seung Min Kim, a fellow Politico reporter who covers the US Senate, to reply that she “[Learns Vermont has a Republican governor].” That, in turn, instigated a response by Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Byron Tau: “[Googles the name of Vermont’s Republican governor].” To which Phil Scott, Vermont’s Republican governor, responded that he “[Is Vermont’s Republican governor].” The moment was comical but also insightful, underscoring just how little Washington’s political class knows about who holds the executive power in...
  • NFL anthem protests leave Pittsburgh fans conflicted about game they love

    09/26/2017 10:11:37 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/25/2017 | Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH — Since the 1970s, nothing has more defined the identity of this city than its scrappy hometown football team. The Steelers rose at the same time the city’s economy sank, becoming a symbol of underdog hope. They still had their Steelers even though the factories, mills and coal mines shuttered. They still had their Steelers as families were ripped apart, children forced to move away in search of opportunity. “We bleed black and gold here,” said Sean Parnell, a Pittsburgh native and former US Army Airborne Ranger who served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years, retiring...
  • The day that destroyed the working class and sowed the seeds of Trump

    09/19/2017 8:06:04 PM PDT · by MilesVeritatis · 185 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 16, 2017 | Salena Zito
    CAMPBELL, Ohio — Forty years ago, on Sept. 19, thousands of men walked into the Campbell Works of Youngstown Sheet and Tube along the Mahoning River before the early shift. Like every fall morning, they were armed with lunch pails and hard hats; the only worry on their minds was the upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers game on “Monday Night Football.” The only arguing you heard was whether quarterback Terry Bradshaw had fully recovered from the dramatic hit he took from a Cleveland Browns player the season before. It was just before 7 a.m., and the fog that had settled over the...
  • Democrats give away the Rust Belt by alienating Catholics

    09/11/2017 10:08:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 10, 2017 | Salena Zito
    OHIO VALLEY — A clip of Martha Plimpton's exuberance over the "best" abortion she ever had played out on the television overhead of a gas-station counter somewhere along U.S. Route 422 between Ohio and Pennsylvania. A woman with a name tag noting her as the manager rolled her eyes and said to no one in particular as she went about stacking the shelves behind the counter, "And they wonder why people don't vote for Democrats around here anymore." Plimpton, 46, is best known for her role in the 1980's Steven Spielberg classic kid adventure movie "The Goonies." She made her...
  • Remembering History With Herbert Hoover

    09/04/2017 6:20:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | September 4, 2017 | Salena Zito
    WEST BRANCH, Iowa -- It is a testimony to the promise of our country to stand inside the home of young Herbert Hoover. The scope of where the Hoover family began, lived and ended each day can be observed in the blink of an eye. One room served as a bedroom for the future president, his parents and his two siblings; the other room was their living room, dining room and kitchen. The rooms are literally side by side. They had little. Soon after, they had less. Yet Hoover persisted. "This cottage where I was born is physical proof of...
  • In this part of the US, people are rooting for Trump more than ever

    09/03/2017 6:55:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 2,2017 | Salena Zito
    So far, Moyer estimates he’s sold “thousands” of pro-Trump signs. How many people ordered signs for Hillary? “One. That would be one person. Which kind of surprised me given how Democratic this area is,” he said. Moyer said he had requests for oversized Trump signs, small ones, individualized ones: “You name it, people were asking for them.” “They still ask for them,” he added. “Not much has changed in the sentiments here for Trump.” That includes his own. Moyer, too, is a registered Democrat who voted for Trump — and yes, he is still optimistic about his presidency. In the...
  • In this part of the US, people are rooting for Trump more than ever

    09/03/2017 8:39:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 2, 2017 | Salena Zito
    Ruffs Dale, Pa. — Hunched over in his workshop, Leon Moyer slices through a board with a miter saw, its hum piercing the air. It’s the sound of business for Moyer, who has run a sign making company in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, since 1984. A few feet away lies a stack of signs blaring “President Donald Trump” and a pile of bumper stickers bearing the legend “CNN Sucks.” Almost a year after America sent The Donald to the White House, Moyer is still selling pro-Trump signage. Homes and businesses all over this county, which is mostly registered Democrat, continue to...
  • Why the generation after millennials will vote Republican

    07/01/2017 9:48:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 1, 2017 | Salena Zito
    ERIE, PA — Max Bloomstine has a positive view of the nation’s growing diversity, believes the American dream is attainable (but doesn’t believe he’s entitled to it) and is more into the “we” instead of the “me.” He is politically independent but leans conservative, attends church on a regular basis, and views his parents — not sports figures or celebrities — as role models. Right now, though, two things weigh heavily on his mind: where to attend college next year (It’s either going to be the University of Pittsburgh or Rochester) and working on a summer job. “I am a...
  • Don’t be so quick to dismiss Trump’s coal mining initiative

    06/19/2017 9:32:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 17,2017 | Salena Zito
    people applied for the first wave of jobs that will pay from $50,000 to $100,000, Dethlefsen said. In a region where the median household income is $29,050, and nearly 12 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, the economic injection is huge. ‘I don’t think people outside of our small town understand how life-changing this development is.’ - Greg Griffith, coal miner It also creates a ripple effect: For every new job generated by the mine, even more jobs like waitresses, hotel workers, barbers or grocery workers are needed to support the community. “The money essentially stays here...
  • Why Hillary can’t win

    05/22/2017 11:55:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton's inability to honestly assess her 2016 election loss is turning slightly comic. And she will be the last to know. She has fallen into a trap of her own devising, feigning an honest self-assessment in public. Salena Zito has emerged as one of the most tuned in journalists covering politics today. In an era of elitist journalists, Zito has an ear for the common folk of the de-industrializing Midwest. That is why she gained a degree of journalistic immortality more significant than a Pulitzer Prize for her election coverage of 2016, by summing up Donald Trump's relationship to...
  • Hillary's Perfectly Crafted Untruths

    05/09/2017 5:10:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 9, 2017 | Salena Zito
    ROSEVILLE, Mich. -- After 17 years at the same company, Dawn Wilson has just lost her job. The petite blond stands in the parking lot of Roseville Towne Center, a strip mall with a Wal-Mart, a Dollar Tree, a jewelry pawn shop and what was Hillary Clinton's campaign office, where a bright yellow sidewalk tent now hawks free cell phones. A few people wait to sign up for one. Wilson explained: "I've worked there for 17 years. I was on vacation when I got a text from my boss on Good Friday to call him. He told me don't come...
  • The media assault on Trump could win him a second term

    04/30/2017 9:14:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29,2017 | By Salena Zito
    Dennis Dixon didn’t vote for Donald J. Trump. For the first time in his 46 years, the self-described “moderate Midwestern Republican” sat out a presidential election because he was less than thrilled with both major candidates. “I wrote in John Kasich,” he says, with a trace of humor. Dixon stands in the showroom of Griffiths Furniture along West Main Street — a charming business district, its sidewalks decorated with grape-vine etchings to celebrate the produce for which this Ohio wine region is known. He is not one of those voters who doesn’t wish success for the president. Quite the contrary,...
  • This Is What Democracy Looks Like

    04/04/2017 5:52:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 4, 2017 | Salena Zito
    A few days after last year's presidential election, Mike Pence, then the vice president-elect, attended a Broadway production of the musical "Hamilton." The boos he heard from the audience, he said afterward, were merely "what freedom sounds like." His response was appropriate because freedom is kind of messy, especially in a nation with such a broad range of religious, gender and political viewpoints that often collide on a minute-by-minute basis. We Americans are very parochial beings. From our political points of view to our religious traditions and our community pride, we decide what tribe we belong to and protect...
  • Why Trump’s approval ratings don’t matter

    03/25/2017 1:21:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 25, 2017 | Salena Zito
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — While pundits breathlessly reported this week that President Trump’s Gallup approval rating has plummeted to a historic low (dipping to 37 points), not all approval ratings are created equal. Because in American politics, geography is everything. Live in an urban, minority or college setting, and Donald J. Trump is underwater in the polls in a big way; he gets a frosty 29 percent approval rating in the cities, 35 percent approval in the urban suburbs, in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey. But, live in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or...