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  • Cardenas to step down as ACU leader

    Al Cardenas is stepping down as chairman of the American Conservative Union after spending more than three years leading the nation's oldest grass-roots conservative organization.


  • Conservative UNITER: Ronald Reagan was one of the speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1986 and at the group's first gathering in 1974, when nearly 1,000 people listened to California's governor at the time. Stan Evans, the ACU chairman who presided over that conference, said it was simple back then: "Are you for Reagan or not?" (Getty Images)

    ACU at 50: Strong and looking ahead

    The year the American Conservative Union began, Ronald Reagan was a newly minted Republican, Nikita Khrushchev had been recently ousted as leader of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. was just beginning to deepen its involvement in the Vietnam War.


  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry is among 200 conservative luminaries headed for the podium at CPAC, which begins Thursday. (American Conservative Union)

    MILLER: CPAC debates Tea Party or moderate for 2016 Republican presidential candidate

    Like kissing the ring of a mafia don, a Republican who wants to run for president has to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.


  • just the ticket? Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida could stir up trouble among conservative Republicans who are waiting for one of their own in the White House. (By Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

    CPAC to test 26 candidates for president with straw poll

    This year's Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll includes more than two dozen names for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, signaling just how wide open the race is.


  • CPAC 2013: Bush’s legacy lingers over new GOP stars

    President George W. Bush's shadow still hangs over the Republican Party four years after he left office, and as conservatives converge on the Washington region this week they will find themselves once again grappling with his legacy — more so now that his younger brother, Jeb, is flirting with a 2016 presidential bid and has been invited to address the annual gathering.


  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, pictured in his office at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013,  has earned nearly universal praise for his handling of Superstorm Sandy, the state's worst natural disaster. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    FLASHBACK: CPAC: Chris Christie snubbed for criticizing GOP on Sandy relief

    The list of speakers at next month's CPAC, the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, will not include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a snub the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate earned, organizers said, because of his harsh criticism earlier this year of fellow Republicans over Superstorm Sandy spending.


  • Inside the Beltway: Mustering through inauguration depression

    Got inauguration depression? It'll only last another 24 hours or so. In the meantime, here's advice on passing the time from Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union.


  • Rubio jumps to the head of GOP’s class

    Sen. Marco Rubio, in a matter of days, leapfrogged from being one of Mitt Romney's reliable foot soldiers on the campaign trail to being a front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.


  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Becoming ‘Democrat-light’ not a solution

    Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, wants Republicans and conservatives to emulate Democrats in the hunt for votes ("Republicans too white, male, old," Commentary, Tuesday). Mr. Cardenas believes segregating Americans into ethnic and gender groups is what is needed to win elections. In other words, become "Democrat-light." Find out what each group wants and pander to them by handing out goodies, regardless of what the effect of those goodies may have on the United States as a whole.


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