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[u"Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivers his speech to the crowd on the third day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, February 27, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)", u"Father George Onida, of the Marianist Center in Cupertino, Calif., stands wit his cane during the morning prayer on the third day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, February 27, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)"]

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[u"Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivers his speech to the crowd on the third day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, February 27, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)", u"Rebecca Simon (left) of Palos Verdes, Calif., is joined by her sister Christmas Simon (second from left) of Yorba Linda, Calif., as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the third day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, February 27, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)"]

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, said he hopes fares will remain static during his time on the board. (Nancy Pastor/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, who joined the Metro board of directors this year, said he hopes fares will remain static during his time on the board.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, sent a clear message to the rest of the field that he is still a favorite of the grass-roots activists who populate the country's largest annual conservative gathering, and signaled that he would fight to claim the conservative mantle in the presidential nomination race. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) delivers his speech on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)

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Red meat: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told his CPAC audience that he is a grass-roots favorite. He and other Republicans (at top from left), Ben S. Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, made their cases for conservatism. (Photographs by Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

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John Oates said he and Daryl Hall played five songs during an appearance at the White House. "President Obama was sitting right in front of me. He looked at me and then made his hand go around in a circle and said, 'one more.' Then he said, 'do another one,'" Mr. Oates said. (Hall & Oats)

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Americans are under the perception that George W. Bush is more of a "hawk" than his brother Jeb Bush. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, used a threat of terrorism as an argument for the House to pass a "clean" funding bill.

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House Speaker John A. Boehner told fellow Republicans in a closed-door meeting that keeping the Homeland Security Department open with a three-week funding bill would strengthen their bargaining position, according to lawmakers in attendance. (Associated Press photographs)

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For years, Friends of Abe, a discreet but burgeoning group of often famous Hollywood conservatives and Republicans founded by actor Gary Sinese (left) and screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd in 2004, has an estimated membership of 2,000.

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Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson will receive the "Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award" at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. (Associated Press photographs)

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A Kurdish peshmerga fighter sits besides the anti-tank gun MILAN at the Infantry School of the German Federal Armed Forces Bundeswehr in Hammelburg, Germany, on Oct. 2. (Associated Press)

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Presumed Democratic 2016 front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's rush to action in Libya is drawing fire from her own party. (Associated Press)

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hot seat: Presumed Democratic 2016 front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's rush to action in Libya is drawing fire from her own party. (associated press)

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When Britain's 2010 vote resulted in a "hung" parliament, Conservative leader David Cameron formed a government by entering into an unusual coalition with Britain's third-largest party, the center-left Liberal Democrats, ending 13 years of Labor rule. (Associated Press)

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[u"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) is joined on stage by Laura Ingraham on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)", u"Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin greets people in the crowd as she makes her exit following her speech to the crowd on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)"]

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[u"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) is joined on stage by Laura Ingraham on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)", u"Louisiana Governor Bobbie Jindal (R) delivers his speech to the crowd on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)"]

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[u"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) is joined on stage by Laura Ingraham on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)", u"Former Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivers her speech to the crowd on the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, February 26, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs February 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)"]