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Those dreaming of CPAC can be comforted by the fact that it begins in 100 days, and the big conservative names are ready to rumble. (American Conservative Union)

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The countdown to CPAC 2015 has begun. (American Conservative Union)

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In with the New: Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, says social media, online events and email alerts will play bigger roles. (Gage Skidmore/Special to The Washington Times)

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In with the New: Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, says social media, online events and email alerts will play bigger roles. (Gage Skidmore/Special to The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union (Gage Skidmore)

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**FILE** Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union (Gage Skidmore)

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In the wings: Matt Schlapp, who has broad experience and connections in politics, is expected to be chairman of the American Conservative Union. (Gage Skidmore)

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In the wings: Matt Schlapp, who has broad experience and connections in politics, is expected to be chairman of the American Conservative Union. (Gage Skidmore)

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“It’s going great so far,” American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas says of the start of this week’s CPAC gathering in Prince George’s County. “I’d rate it a 9.5 right now. Pretty good for the first day of the festivities.” (Associated Press)

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“It’s going great so far,” American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas says of the start of this week’s CPAC gathering in Prince George’s County. “I’d rate it a 9.5 right now. Pretty good for the first day of the festivities.” (Associated Press)

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Al Cardenas (above), chairman of the American Conservative Union, said that former President George W. Bush (top) “inherited a country that quickly faced the wrath of international terrorism and an attack on our own soil and the billions of dollars it cost to wage a fight against that.” (Associated Press)

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President George W. Bush addressed the 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington with American Conservative Union Chairman David A. Keene (left) and Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (The Washington Times)

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American Conservative Union executive director Daniel Schneider will kick off the Conservative Action Political Conference on Thursday with an opening greeting, to be followed by a prayer, the presentation of colors and the national anthem. (the washington times)

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"This is our 41st year and, in the past, every time we have done a straw poll we had a good idea within the presidential candidate possibilities who would be the favorite," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union

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"This is our 41st year and, in the past, every time we have done a straw poll we had a good idea within the presidential candidate possibilities who would be the favorite," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union

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'ONE OF THE STRONGEST VOICES' Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, stands tall among conservative groups such as the Tea Party Nation, the American Conservative Union and the Club for Growth. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"This will be the year that conservatives begin pulling the nation back from the brink of Barack Obama's disaster with a movement that inspires, unites, and discovers new solutions to our current challenges," says Daniel Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union. (AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION)

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"This will be the year that conservatives begin pulling the nation back from the brink of Barack Obama's disaster with a movement that inspires, unites, and discovers new solutions to our current challenges," says Daniel Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union. (AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION)

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American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas is among those wondering whether social conservatives and libertarians can actually get along. (American Conservative Union)