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Conservative Political Action Conference

Homophobia Hiding in Plain Sight

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anyone who didn't see the homophobia at CPAC -- and the organizing around it that still animates much of the conservative movement, and is bowed to by the GOP -- must have been wearing blinders.

Rick Perry, Still a Denier

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rick Perry is back, and this time he's in it to win it. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Perry left behind the bumbling tea party conservative of 2012 and did his best to appear a reasonable, professorial moderate on environmental issues. Yet even this more polished Perry continued to flub the truth about environmental protection.

Donald Trump Explains Why He's The Only One Who Can Beat Hillary Clinton In 2016

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Despite Donald Trump's seventh place finish during this year's Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, the business tycoon is adamant tha...

GOP's Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

It has never been clear until now why Republicans so hated the idea of hard-working Americans banding together to negotiate to receive a more fair share of profits derived from the sweat of their brows. Walker's conflating ISIS terrorists with labor protestors while CPAC conference attendees cheered explains it all.

Sam Stein

Ben Carson Is An Unconventional Candidate, And An Almost Spiritual Figure To His Followers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Other speakers had rowdier receptions and larger followings. But few who appeared at the Conservative Political Action Confere...

Rand Paul Wins 2015 CPAC Straw Poll

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. This is the third year in a row th...

Amanda Terkel

Jeb Bush Reaffirms He Does Not Support Marriage Equality

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, despite some speculation in recent days ...

Christina Wilkie

Rand Paul Supporters Walk Out Of Jeb Bush Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A determined band of supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walked out on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday as he spoke...

Rick Santorum Calls For Ground Troops To Fight Islamic State

AP | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who is considering another presidential run, called for putting 10,000 U.S. troops ...

Jennifer Bendery

Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton, NSA Spying At Conservative Lovefest

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the guy that everyone wanted to hear speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he ...

Christina Wilkie

Donald Trump Still Not Convinced Obama's Birth Certificate Is Real

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Real estate developer and reality TV host Donald Trump told a group of conservatives Friday that he questions whether Presiden...

Christina Wilkie

Marco Rubio Attempts To Win Back Conservatives On Immigration

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Friday that the single biggest lesson he learned from the failure of comprehensive immigrati...

Amanda Terkel

Laura Ingraham Takes Aim At Jeb Bush And His Wife At Major Conservative Gathering

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Radio host Laura Ingraham came out swinging against Jeb Bush Friday morning at a conference for conservative activists, taking...

Jennifer Bendery

Rick Perry: 'The Unemployment Rate Is A Sham'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In a speech that jumped between trashing President Barack Obama and allowing that some people may not believe in climate chang...

Jindal To Republicans In Congress: 'Grow A Spine'

AP | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday had a tough message for fellow Republicans who were wrestling with how to fund the Hom...

Igor Bobic

CPAC Conservatives Skeptical Of Another Bush

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When he speaks here Friday, Jeb Bush isn’t likely to win over many hearts and minds at the Conservative Political Action Con...

Sarah Palin Gave A Very Un-Sarah Palin Speech At CPAC

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) used her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to focus on veterans' issues, a sharp d...

Christina Wilkie

Scott Walker Says He Can Take On ISIS Because He Took On Labor Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday said his experience undermining labor unions in Wisconsin has prepared him to take...

Sam Stein

Ted Cruz Makes A Crude Bill Clinton Joke And Some Important Policy News

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday filled with so many red-meat...

Igor Bobic

Chris Christie Defends Himself Against Critics: 'I'm Still Standing'

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had a grueling month. From the controversial comments on vaccines he made in London to new ...

Sam Stein

John Barrasso: Republicans Are Not Prepared To Fix Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A Republican-run Congress will not support a quick legislative fix should the Supreme Court rule that a large chunk of Obamaca...

Sam Stein

Democrats Are Roaming The Halls Of CPAC, Hoping To Capture A Viral Blunder

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists and party leaders, has in recent y...

Ben Carson: It Would Be 'Too Depressing' To Outline All The Obama Administration's Failures

Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired neurosurgeon says he would order the military to destroy the Islamic State group if he were to be elected president. ...

CPAC 2015 Kicks Off

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

The 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off Thursday in National Harbor, Maryland. Speakers at the conference include Dr. Ben Carso...

Sam Stein

Gay Rights Group Will Participate In Conservative Conference.... On Russia Panel

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An annual standoff between a Republican gay rights advocacy group and the organizers of a top conservative gathering reached a curious d...