Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared a new era for the Republican Party Thursday, saying the GOP has "embarked on our comeback."
"A lot has changed over the last few years, but one thing hasn't changed," McConnell said in his address at CPAC. "Democrats continue to underestimate the intelligence and memory of the American voter."
Washington (CNN) - Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann of Minnesota used her keynote address at CPAC to issue a charge to the ever cheering crowd: "Win the Triple Crown."
"We need to win the Triple Crown in 2012, which is holding onto the House, winning a conservative Senate and oh yeah baby, winning the White House," the Minnesota Republican congresswoman said.
Washington (CNN) - David Keene, the organizer of CPAC opened the three-day conference by addressing the appearance of potential presidential candidates before the conservative crowds.
"You will see, hear and I hope question many of the people who wake up in the morning and think they're going to be president," Keene said.
(CNN) - Despite his socially conservative stances, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty believes he can win the presidency.
"Yes of course," Pawlenty said when asked if he could win. "If you're not willing to stand by your values, what's the point in doing it anyhow?"
(CNN) - Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's "concerned" about the Obama administration's handling of the situation in Egypt and what he sees as a divide between the White House and diplomat Frank Wisner.
"I think the fact that they appointed a very able diplomat Frank Wisner and within two days were publicly contradicting him is you know so amateurish," Gingrich told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I was with John Bolton (former ambassador to the United Nations) last night. He said it's inconceivable that they would be this clumsy and this out of sync. I mean just with themselves, forget the Arab world. They can't even get the White House and their special envoy to be on the same page."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Sunday that the future of Egypt is in the hands of its people, and that their options consist of more than the current situation or the Muslim Brotherhood.
In an interview that aired before the Super Bowl, Obama stressed that the opposition Islamist umbrella group is only one faction in Egypt.
(CNN) - Former President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, James Baker, delivered a message to the politicians of today, urging them to work together.
"Ronald Reagan was a master at reaching across the aisle for solutions to our nation's problems," Baker said Sunday on the 100th anniversary of the late president's birth. "We must re-learn that as citizens of a democracy, it is okay to voice our disagreements, but at the end of the day we have to come together to solve problems rather than cynically rely on them for partisan advantage."
(CNN) - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation passed its $100 million endowment goal Sunday on the late president's 100th birthday.
The milestone is the culmination of over two years of fundraising to ensure the work of the Foundation continues "in perpetuity," according to a press release.
Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, one of the men tasked with proposing a path to get America's fiscal house in order, said he's still waiting for lawmakers to take on the debt charge.
"I'm waiting for the politician to get up and say, there's only one way to do this, you dig into the big four, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and defense," Simpson said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union. "Anybody giving you anything different than that, you want to walk out the door, stick your finger down your throat, and give them the green weenie."
Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the United States cannot "micromanage the process" with Egypt, but that the Obama administration needs to make its goals clear.
"What we have to do… is make clear that the process itself is important and arriving at a Democratic solution is important, which is in fact inclusive, Democratic, peaceful and rapid," Albright said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."