WATCH LIVE: 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Wed, Feb. 21st thru Sat, Feb. 24th; Trump and Pence to Speak

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The Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC — rumbles to life in 24 hours. Doors open Wednesday for activism training and assorted receptions that herald a mammoth event which cheers up conservatives, whether they attend or not.

With a tasteful flourish, the official agenda and speakers list has been released. As in years past, it is a doozy — with a lineup that includes President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, a host of Cabinet members, lawmakers and media folk — plus brilliant, gutsy and optimistic people who absolutely know their stuff.

CPAC appears to be a very pro-active event this time around, as in ready-to-rumble. Last year, the CPAC theme was “Reclaiming America’s promise.” This year, it’s “A Time for Action.”

As always, CPAC begins each day with a formal presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. The very first formal program Thursday morning is titled “An Affair to Remember: How the Far Left and the Mainstream Media Got in Bed Together,” moderated by Larry O’Connor, a columnist for The Washington Times. Mr. Pence will follow.

The big doings end Saturday with an appearance by Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee and a man very much in the news. Find an overview here

CPAC will be staged once again at the glittering Gaylord National Harbor resort on the banks of the Potomac River a few miles south of the nation’s capital. There is a huge, burgeoning, eager population of young attendees who are, as was once said, full of vim and vigor. Meanwhile, CPAC remains a significant and productive event at a pivotal time.