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CPAC 2015 - Latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference

CPAC 2015 - Latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference

Latest updates and news on the American Conservative Union's 2015 Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPAC 2015 Straw Poll: Rand Paul wins again — but Scott Walker is surging

By David Sherfinski and Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll for the third time in a row while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged to second place, as they trounced the rest of a strong but crowded field of potential candidates Saturday. Published February 28, 2015

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Cutting federal spending should be Congress's top priority: TWT/CPAC poll

- The Washington Times

Conservatives say reducing federal spending should be the Republican-led Congress's top priority this session, beating out confrontations with President Obama over his immigration executive actions, Obamacare, and the Keystone XL pipeline, according to The Washington Times/CPAC flash poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum pauses as he speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Santorum: 'Commander in chief is not an entry-level position'

The Washington Times

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania pitched himself as a battle-tested conservative who stands for "the little guy" at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, saying foreign experience is key for someone to square off against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner have tussled with their right flank over how best to advance a conservative agenda at the Capitol. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Boehner, McConnell to skip CPAC, underscoring tensions between GOP leadership, grass roots

- The Washington Times

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the biggest annual gathering of Republican leaders and conservative activists, but neither Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor House Speaker John A. Boehner is scheduled to make the 10-mile drive from Capitol Hill to speak to CPAC this year, underscoring the lingering tensions between Republican Washington leadership and the party's grass roots.