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At CPAC, Jan. 6 Is 'a Joke and a Game'

Jonathan Linowes says his pinball creation touts 'the truth of what happened'

(Newser) - Conservative Political Action Conference attendees have been having a ball playing a very MAGA-esque version of pinball. Touted as an "educational documentary game," per NewsNation , the game on display in the basement ballroom of Maryland's National Harbor resort claims the fatal shooting of protester Ashli Babbitt as...

Bolsonaro May Be Vacating His Florida Digs Soon

Ex-president of Brazil says he'll return there later this month to help lead political opposition

(Newser) - Like American counterpart former President Trump , Brazil's latest ex-president appeared at CPAC over the weekend, speaking to the crowd gathered at the National Harbor convention center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. And, like Trump, Jair Bolsonaro continued to deny he had any culpability in inciting the riot in his nation'...

Trump: An Indictment Would Help Me in Polls

At CPAC convention, former president says he would not drop out of the race

(Newser) - Former President Trump addressed the CPAC convention on Saturday, but it appears his most noteworthy comments were delivered to reporters prior to his speech. In those remarks, Trump insisted he would not drop out of the 2024 race if indicted in one of the state and federal investigations he faces,...

Orban Tells CPAC: 'We Must Take Back' US, EU Institutions

Midterms and 2024 election are battles for civilization, Hungarian leader says

(Newser) - The prime minister of Hungary, an authoritarian ruler who has echoed Nazi rhetoric in trying to bring down liberal democracy, issued a call to like-minded Americans on Thursday to join his fight. In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Viktor Orbán said, "We must...

A Rare Resignation Following PM's 'Mixed Race' Comments

Viktor Orbán's remarks inexcusable, adviser says

(Newser) - Update: An adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has resigned in protest over Orbán's comments on the mixing of races. Zsuzsa Hegedus, whom the BBC describes as a member of Orbán's inner circle who has known him for two decades, called Orbán's...

Trump Dominates Straw Poll, and More From CPAC

Former president is still the biggest draw of the Conservative Political Action Conference

(Newser) - Former President Trump once again cruised to victory in the CPAC straw poll for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Trump won 59% of the vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida over the weekend, with the state's governor, Ron DeSantis, coming in next with 28%, Fox News...

Trump Calls Capitol Rioters 'Great People'
Trump Calls
Capitol Rioters
'Great People' 
the rundown

Trump Calls Capitol Rioters 'Great People'

On the same day he wins CPAC straw poll

(Newser) - Former President Trump had a big day Sunday. From weighing in on the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 to speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), here's the latest on the former POTUS:
  • Of his supporters who rallied for him and then mobbed the

The CPAC Stage Itself Caused Quite a Commotion

Observers say stage and lighting display above it were in shape of symbol adopted by Nazis

(Newser) - CPAC found its way into plenty of headlines over the past few days, but the conservative conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., is now raising eyebrows for something that usually escapes notice: the shape of the stage. The Washington Post reports that over the weekend, observers started...

Goya CEO's CPAC Speech Draws New Calls for Boycott

Robert Unanue reupped Trump's long-debunked claims about election fraud

(Newser) - Back in January, Goya CEO Robert Unanue was censured by his own company's board of directors, which decided he'd need the board's permission from now on to speak to the media after he'd repeatedly shown support for Donald Trump's unproven claims of election fraud. At...

Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll
Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Former president gets 55% of the vote

(Newser) - Who does CPAC want to win the presidential election in 2024? The same person who won it in 2016. Former President Trump on Sunday won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, with 55% of respondents saying that if the election were held today, they'd vote for him. Coming...

Trump at CPAC: 'Do You Miss Me Yet?'

Event strawpoll finds 68% of attendees want him to run in 2024

(Newser) - Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Trump on Sunday called for Republican Party unity in a speech at a conservative political conference, even as he exacerbated its divisions and made clear he intended to remain a dominant force in the party. Trump used his...

Imported Gold Trump Is for Sale at CPAC

Mexican-made statue sparks Old Testament comparisons

(Newser) - The breakout star at the Conservative Political Action Conference taking place in Orlando is from Mexico. A gold, 200-pound statue of former President Trump has drawn a selfie-taking crowd since it arrived in a hotel lobby Thursday evening, CNN reports. As popular as it is, there's been a backlash...

Ted Cruz Jokes About Cancun, Mocks Mask Rules, AOC

Texas senator speaks at CPAC

(Newser) - Lots of people made jokes about Ted Cruz's ill-advised trip to Cancun , and on Friday, Cruz joined them. “I gotta say, Orlando is awesome! It's not as nice as Cancun, but it's nice,” Cruz said at the opening of his speech before the Conservative Political...

Trump Turns to Familiar Name for a Key Role
Trump Turns to Familiar
Name for a Key Role 
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Trump Turns to Familiar Name for a Key Role

Corey Lewandowski will run a still-to-be-formed super PAC

(Newser) - Donald Trump is about to reenter the political fray with a weekend speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, one in which he's expected to make clear that he remains the No. 1 power broker within the GOP. Coverage:
  • New group: Trump met with top advisers Thursday and named

Expect Trump to Go Big in His Weekend Speech
Trump's Message:
I Still Run the GOP
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Trump's Message: I Still Run the GOP

In weekend speech, he will make the point and establish himself as top 2024 candidate: Axios

(Newser) - Former President Trump will re-enter the political spotlight Sunday when he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference. What to expect? If a report at Axios is any indication, the speech will be a "show of force" that makes clear Trump is still running the show within the GOP...

Trump's Chief of Staff Is Now in Self-Quarantine

Rep. Matt Gaetz has also isolated himself

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Republican lawmaker who tweeted a photo of himself wearing a gas mask on the House floor last week, is now in self-quarantine after possible exposure to the coronavirus. Gaetz didn't wear the mask late last month when he was at the Conservative Political Action Conference...

Ted Cruz Has Quarantined Himself
Ted Cruz Has
Quarantined Himself

Ted Cruz Has Quarantined Himself

He met person with coronavirus at CPAC

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz is going to be working from home for a while. The Texas Republican says he is in self-quarantine after meeting a person at the Conservative Political Action Conference late last month who was later diagnosed with coronavirus, Politico reports. "I'm not experiencing any symptoms, and...

CPAC Chair: If Romney Came, I'd Worry About His Safety
CPAC Chair Has
Warning for Romney

CPAC Chair Has Warning for Romney

Matt Schlapp says he'd worry about senator's 'physical safety' if he were to attend conference

(Newser) - A sign of how Mitt Romney's vote to convict President Trump on impeachment is playing in conservative circles: The chair of CPAC says he would be afraid for the GOP senator's "physical safety" were he to attend the group's annual conference later this month, reports the...

8 Big Lines From Trump's CPAC Speech

President has a strong word in regard to the Mueller investigation

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference for more than two hours Saturday, going off-script frequently in what ended up being the longest speech of his presidency, reports NBC News . "This is how I got elected, by being off script," said Trump. "And if we don’...

Trump Makes a Big Prediction at CPAC
Trump Makes a Big
Prediction at CPAC

Trump Makes a Big Prediction at CPAC

The president sees an even bigger win ahead

(Newser) - President Donald Trump told an appreciative audience of conservatives Saturday that he will win re-election in 2020 and by a bigger margin than his 2016 victory, the AP reports. He mocked Democrats for their framework to combat climate change and said House lawmakers pushing to expand their investigations of him...

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