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CPAC: Young Conservatives Steal the Show

Mar 18, 2013 5:50 PM PT

Left-of-center media have descended into a feeding frenzy to attack the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in the wake of its 40th year of hosting a successful gathering for conservative activists. False allegations of insensitive “rape” comments spew forth, along with false assertions of CPAC being nothing but rich elderly white men gathering to talk about how to oppress the world’s poor.

Contrary to the Left’s alternative “reality,” CPAC was dominated by young activists, from Townhall's Katie Pavlich winning "Blogger of the Year" to self-organized networks of high school bloggers and internet entrepreneurs.

Breitbart News met with several young conservative activists at CPAC for a roundtable discussion.

Tanner Brumbarger, a 17-year-old internet entrepreneur who founded a popular website for conservative highschoolers called TheHighSchoolConservative.com, said “It’s probably a little awkward for some to have so many highschool students around, but overall, I feel we are respected and embraced.”

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5 Reasons CPAC Was a Surprising Success

Mar 17, 2013 10:11 AM PT

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was a success--surprisingly. The venue was inconveniently outside the District of Columbia. The media were focused on controversial issues like gay marriage and controversial personalities like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Morale among conservatives had been low since the November elections. Yet the conference mustered new energy and excitement in five key ways.

1. Momentum behind new issues. Sen. Rand Paul’s recent filibuster over drones and Sen. Ted Cruz’s clash with Democrats over the assault weapons ban last week gave the conference a boost. Nothing motivates grass-roots conservatives more than the sense that they are on the front lines of a constitutional battle. Those contests, and the recent political defeat for President Barack Obama over the budget sequester, gave CPAC the sense that, as Cruz told the audience in his keynote address, “We are winning.”

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CPAC Straw Poll Questions Rigged Against Hawks

Mar 16, 2013 11:39 AM PT

The CPAC 2013 Straw Poll contains several policy questions that are phrased in such a way that discourages voters from expressing a preference for a strong national defense.

The questions are designed to make it more likely that participants will answer in favor of a more libertarian, non-interventionist foreign policy. The answers that someone in favor of a stronger, more proactive military policy would favor include extra rhetorical baggage that make voting for them problematic.

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Breitbart's 'The Uninvited' Panel to Ramp Up Pressure on GOP Establishment - 1pm

Mar 16, 2013 6:55 AM PT

Breitbart News will host "The Uninvited" panel  on Saturday at CPAC from 1 p.m to 3 p.m (National Harbor Room 4) and continue its tradition of leading conversations on issues the Republican establishment and the mainstream media refuse to address. These issues topics crony capitalism, illegal immigration, global jihad and radical Islam, the persecution of Christians across the globe, and the gutting of the American military.

These are not issues that only conservatives care about, but independents and Reagan Democrats as well. When Republicans speak to these Americans, they win majorities. When Republicans speak to Washington's elite, they get hammered. 

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Jindal: 'We Must Dedicate Our Efforts to Growth'

Mar 15, 2013 6:41 PM PT

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal reminded the audience at CPAC on Friday that he's not Paul Ryan. Though he didn't mention the Wisconsin congressman by name, Jindal told the crowd that Republicans need to end their "obsession" with the number of zeroes in the budget of the federal government and focus on economic growth in the private sector. 

When talking so much about the federal budget, Jindal said, "we send a message that the focus of our country is the phony economy in Washington."

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Rush Limbaugh Mocks 'Brainiac' GOP Consultants over Pat Caddell's CPAC Rant

Mar 15, 2013 3:22 PM PT

On Friday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh praised Pat Caddell, the frustrated Democrat who has often spoken out against the political establishment, for his thunderous speech at CPAC on Thursday condemning the Republican consultant class.

Caddell accused GOP consultants of caring more about money than winning elections or principles and engaging in acts that could border on racketeering. 

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Exclusive: Trump Smacks Back Against Media Attacks on CPAC Speech

Mar 15, 2013 2:04 PM PT

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Business magnate Donald Trump told Breitbart News on Friday that he was excited to be a part of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year and that the American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts the event, was just as happy to have him aboard.

Left-wing outlets and even many in the mainstream press have lambasted Trump for his speech, despite its success. Among other hit pieces written on Trump throughout the media, the Christian Science Monitor asked in a headline if Trump was a “Democratic secret agent.”

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'The Uninvited': Building a More Robust Conservative Movement

Mar 15, 2013 10:42 AM PT

A strong movement has to be willing to not only discuss the issues on which everyone agrees, but also to debate important issues in which opinion isn't settled. The goal isn't to get acclimation on every issue, but to understand the views of allies with differing opinions. By dampening distrust, it allows more robust cooperation on issues where there is agreement. 

The conservative movement, in particular, has to be willing to confront important issues, even if it causes some members discomfort. The left comes from a singular philosophy: increase centralized control over citizens. Conservatism is built on the sanctity of the individual, but its members are animated by different issues. Conservatives must address all issues where individual liberty is threatened, and it must allow all voices to be heard. That is the spirit underlying Breitbart News' "Uninvited" session at CPAC on Saturday. 

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