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Conservative Booed Out of CPAC: I Found It 'Freeing'

Mona Charen '[refuses] to be absorbed into this brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism'

(Newser) - A day after she was escorted out of the Conservative Political Action Conference for her own safety after taking conservatives to task for supporting politicians accused of sexual misconduct, including Roy Moore and President Trump, Mona Charen doubled down in an op-ed for the New York Times . "I'm... More »

Facebook Apologizes Over VR Shooting Game at CPAC

'Seriously, Facebook?'

(Newser) - Facebook has apologized for featuring a virtual-reality game called Bullet Train—in which players shoot people at a train station—in its booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference, USA Today reports. Bullet Train was just one of a number of violent games featured at the Facebook booth. "In... More »

Trump: Armed Teacher 'Would Have Shot the Hell Out of Him'

President goes 'off script' during lengthy speech at CPAC

(Newser) - “You don’t mind if I go off script a little bit?” President Trump asked the audience Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Time reports the president, admitting his prepared remarks were "a little boring," mostly ignored the teleprompter (including a segment on new North Korean... More »

NRA: 'Harden Our Schools,' Fear 'Socialist' Democrats

NRA breaks silence after Parkland, targets media, gun-control advocates

(Newser) - "Many in legacy media love mass shootings," NBC News quotes NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch as saying Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "You love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold." A week after 17 people were killed at a school shooting in... More »

Show Mocked His 'Nazi Hair.' Turns Out, He Has Cancer

Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal' has apologized to Kyle Coddington

(Newser) - Samantha Bee's political satire show is apologizing for a bit that mocked attendees at the recent CPAC convention for having "Nazi hair"—it turns out that one of the targets actually has brain cancer. "We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment," reads... More »

Trump's CPAC Speech Was 'Fantastic'—and Ironic

President bashes use of anonymous sources hours after using them himself

(Newser) - President Trump opened his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday by attacking the "dishonest media." He accused the media of making up stories and sources and being "fake news." And he railed against the use of anonymous sources. Here's how people reacted... More »

Trump: Presidents Should Have Spent Last 15 Years at Beach

Argues we'd be better off than where those presidents have left us

(Newser) - In 2011, as the "money, money, money, money" chorus of his reality TV show's theme song blasted, Donald Trump stepped out before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists for the first time. The crowd was less than adoring, occasionally laughing at and booing the longtime former... More »

Pence: ObamaCare 'Nightmare' Is About to End

'This is our time,' he tells CPAC

(Newser) - "Men and women of the conservative movement, this is our time," Vice President Mike Pence told the CPAC conference Thursday night. He promised that "America's ObamaCare nightmare is about to end" and slammed "liberal activists" for protesting at town hall meetings, NPR reports. "This... More »

Bannon at CPAC: Trump's Goal Is 'Deconstruction'

He says Trump wants to dismantle tax, regulation, and trade systems

(Newser) - Steve Bannon made his first public appearance since Donald Trump became president Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the Washington Post reports. The president's chief strategist said Trump's goal is the "deconstruction of the administrative state," meaning dismantling systems of taxation, regulation, and trade.... More »

Ben Carson Officially Drops Out

He'll move on to chair position at My Faith Votes

(Newser) - Ben Carson has officially ended his presidential campaign, two days after unofficially ending it . Carson got a standing ovation after making the announcement during an appearance at CPAC Friday and adding that he would remain "heavily involved in trying to save the nation," NBC News reports. His new... More »

Trump Cancels CPAC Appearance

He'll be at a rally in Kansas instead

(Newser) - Donald Trump was supposed to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday morning, but instead, he scheduled a rally in Kansas, which holds its caucuses that day. "Very disappointed @realDonaldTrump has decided at the last minute to drop out of #CPAC -- his choice sends a... More »

CPAC Straw Poll Winner: Rand Paul, Yet Again

Scott Walker comes in second at conservative gathering

(Newser) - Scott Walker drew cheers , but it was Rand Paul who ultimately won the latest straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. It's the third time in a row the senator has taken the prize, CNN reports. This time he garnered 25.7% of the vote. Walker was second,... More »

Scott Walker a Big Hit at CPAC

And Jeb Bush holds his own

(Newser) - Today saw the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering which a GOP strategist calls "the starting gun of the Republican primary campaign," the Los Angeles Times reports. The event saw a number of possible candidates offer their pitches, and Scott Walker was among its stars:... More »

The 'Conservative Woodstock' Kicks Off

What to watch for at CPAC

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference—which Politico calls "the conservative Woodstock" and the Christian Science Monitor calls "the Super Bowl of conservative activism"—is currently under way in National Harbor, Md. What to watch for during the 41st annual CPAC—this one, Politico notes, is "the... More »

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll By a Mile

Takes 31% of vote to Ted Cruz's 11%

(Newser) - For the second time in as many years, Rand Paul has won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. This year, he took 31% of the vote, far ahead of second-place Ted Cruz, who received 11%, the Washington Post reports. Behind Cruz were ex-neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with... More »

Paul Ryan's CPAC Speech Swiped Plot From Book

He says Wisconsin official 'improperly sourced' it

(Newser) - How do you make cutting funding to school lunches sound heartwarming? Paul Ryan seemed to pull off the feat yesterday in his CPAC speech, by telling the story he said Eloise Anderson—Scott Walker's Secretary of Children and Families—had related to him, about a poor boy who received... More »

Trump 'Kills' Jimmy Carter

He speaks of 'late, great' ex-prez at CPAC

(Newser) - Donald Trump boasted about not using a teleprompter during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday, but it looks like he could have used a fact-checker. "I think by next month, we will have surpassed the late, great Jimmy Carter," he told the gathering of conservative... More »

CPAC Crowd Gives Christie Standing Ovation

Governor gets a little love from conservatives at convention

(Newser) - Chris Christie got back in the national spotlight in a way he prefers today—as a featured speaker at the annual CPAC convention for conservatives. The New Jersey governor took particular aim at the media ("We've got to stop letting the media define who we are and what... More »

Rove, Palin Get Catty

Karl fires back after Palin's CPAC zinger

(Newser) - It's beginning to feel like 2008 all over again: Right down there with soda, Teleprompters, and the many things that Sarah Palin ripped during yesterday's CPAC speech was a self-proclaimed "balding, fat guy" who took exception to her statement that "the architects can head on back... More »

Rand Paul Edges Marco Rubio in CPAC Poll

Santorum, Christie, Ryan, way behind

(Newser) - Sen. Rand Paul beat Sen. Marco Rubio in the CPAC straw poll today by a hair—25% to 23%—but stayed well ahead of the other Republicans in contention, the Washington Times reports. The rest of the pack, courtesy of the Washington Post :
  • Rick Santorum: 8%
  • Chris Christie: 7%
  • Paul
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