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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' 
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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
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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...

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...

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
...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Trump Bashes Anonymous Sources Right After Using Them
Trump's CPAC Speech
Was 'Fantastic'—and Ironic
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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...

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

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...

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...

Scott Walker a Big Hit at CPAC
 Scott Walker 
 a Big Hit at 
 CPAC 
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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:...

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...

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...

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