Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

8:42am

Tue March 19, 2013
It's All Politics

RNC Post-Election Report A Line In The Sand For Divided GOP

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 1:24 pm

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The release of a "postmortem" report on the 2012 national election by the Republican National Committee is either the first step toward the GOP's recovery or the latest sign that the party is headed for a breakup.

Or, it could be both.

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3:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Documentaries Help Amplify Conservative Voice

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 12:11 pm

Phelim McAleer directed the film FrackNation, one of more than 20 documentaries screened at this year's CPAC.
Mike Groll AP

2:49pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Politics

Annual Conservative Gathering Questions GOP's Direction

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 8:32 am

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Jacki Lyden.

As we just heard, longtime Republican Senator Rob Portman's position on gay marriage has evolved. Of course, gay marriage is one of the social issues that was front and center at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, otherwise known as CPAC. It's the annual gathering of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party.

NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea has been at CPAC, and he joins me now. Hi there, Don.

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3:41am

Sat March 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Rand Paul Wins Conservative Vote In Straw Poll

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Members of the college group Young Americans for Freedom roll up Ronald Reagan posters to hand out at CPAC in National Harbor, Md. on Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Conservative activists chose Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as their pick to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

As The Associated Press notes, "the win offers little more than bragging rights for Paul, who is popular with the younger generation of libertarian-minded conservatives who packed the conference."

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3:14am

Sat March 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Ted Cruz: From Texas Underdog To Republican Up-And-Comer

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 5:48 am

Texas Republican Ted Cruz, then senator-elect, speaks to reporters before a freshman senators luncheon on Nov. 13.
Harry Hamburg AP

The keynote speaker at Saturday night's closing session of the Conservative Political Action Conference is a 42-year-old Texan who's been a U.S. senator since January.

In that short time, Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz has already made a mark — and in doing so, he's simply ignored a tradition of new senators being seen, not heard. Cruz's sharp elbows have some colleagues wincing and others hoping he'll run for president.

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