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Talk radio reels them in at US conservative confab

When conservative radio host Dana Loesch takes to the airwaves with Republican White House hopefuls, the exchanges bear little resemblance to mainstream media interviews like those on CNN or NBC. "You brought the house down!" she told a beaming Texas Governor Rick Perry on The Dana Show, broadcasting live Friday from "Radio Row" at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Perry received a standing ovation from thousands of attendees minutes earlier. "It was fun," he told Loesch's listeners.

Sarah Palin: nukes are best Putin containment strategy

Sarah Palin offered unsolicited advice Saturday to President Barack Obama on containing Russian aggression, saying "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke." The Republican former vice presidential candidate used a predominantly crass tone throughout her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But she hit home by attacking what she called a feckless Obama foreign policy that she said has helped embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rand Paul wins conservative conference straw poll

Peering into their political crystal ball, US conservatives gathering at their annual conference Saturday chose Republican Senator Rand Paul as their top pick for president in 2016. It marks the second straight year that the libertarian-leaning Paul, son of former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, won the straw poll at the Conservative Action Political Conference, or CPAC.

Rand Paul wins again in conservative Republican poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky came out the favorite for the second straight year among Republican conservative activists voting for the candidate they would like to see in the White House next. Paul, a potential 2016 White House contender, won 31 percent in the annual straw poll taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference. His closest competitors were Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with 11 percent, and conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 9 percent.

Republicans gain momentum in close fight for U.S. Senate

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight months before the November 4 elections, Republicans have expanded the number of competitive races for U.S. Senate seats and have a growing chance of gaining control of that chamber and stalling Democratic President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.

US near 'tyranny' under Obama, says Republican

Senator Rand Paul, a potential Republican White House contender in 2016, electrified conservative activists Friday by warning that President Barack Obama was taking America down the road to tyranny. "Imagine a time when the White House is once again occupied by a friend of liberty," the libertarian-leaning lawmaker told the Conservative Public Action Committee (CPAC), where he is hugely popular with small-government Tea Party Republicans.

Conservative alternatives make their case at CPAC

Traditional Republicans, stand aside -- or at least make room under your tent. Renewable energy conservatives, Tea Party faithful opposed to the death penalty, and GOP loyalists who support legalizing marijuana are among new bands of Republicans seeking political inclusion at CPAC, America's top conservative confab. Even conservative atheists -- "Pro gun rights, pro small government, just no God involved!" -- handed out pamphlets at this year's event, where many are known to equate Christian values with American values.

Tea Party struggles to regain political traction

How do you win the White House? US conservatives and Tea Party faithful launched their annual convention Thursday seeking to answer that gnawing question after several setbacks in Washington. Born of a grass-roots thirst for small government and greater protections of constitutional liberties, the Tea Party movement celebrated its fifth anniversary last month amid deep divisions within the Republican Party in a mid-term election year.

U.S. justices searching for middle ground in major securities case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large securities class action settlements.

Texans vote in primaries shaken by Tea Party influence

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were expected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement are trying to topple established Republicans in several races.
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