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The 33rd annual Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off today in Washington, D.C., with a lineup that includes Vice President Cheney and several potential Republican presidential candidates in 2008.

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Check back each morning for the day’s schedule of events. Printed below is Thursday’s schedule, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and runs until late evening with Cheney’s speech.

****THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9****

8:00 – 12:00 Leadership Institute’s Workshop on Grassroots Communications
(Congressional Room A)

9:30 Welcome to the 33rd Annual CPAC
David A. Keene, American Conservative Union Foundation

9:35 George Will, Syndicated Columnist & Author
Introduction: David A. Keene, American Conservative Union Foundation

EMCEE
Bettina Inclan, Republican National Hispanic Assembly

10:05 The Hon. James S. Gilmore III (VA)
Introduction: Drew Bond, Townhall.com

10:15 Immigration Reform: A Report from the House
Representative Tom Tancredo (CO)
Introduction: Tom Edmonds, Edmonds & Associates

10:30 How Do We Secure Our Borders?
Pedro Celis, Ph.D., Republican National Hispanic Assembly
Rep. J.D. Hayworth (AZ)
Chris Simcox, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

Moderator: Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring

11:05 Immigration Policy: How Many & Whom?
John Gay, National Restaurant Association
Helen Krieble, Vernon K. Krieble Foundation
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies
Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum

Moderator: Randel Johnson, Chamber of Commerce

12:00 Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
John Fund, Stealing Elections
Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Whatever it Takes

12:15 Immigration Reform: A Report from the Senate
Sen. John Cornyn (TX)
Introduction: Dr. Rick Scarborough, Vision America

Intercollegiate Institute Studies’ Presentation on Friedrich A. von Hayek

EMCEE
Marji Ross, Regnery Publishing

12:30 Preserving Civil Liberties in the Fight Against Terrorism
The Hon. Bob Barr (GA)
Viet Dinh, Bancroft Associates & Georgetown University Law Center

Moderator: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., American Spectator

1:00 – 2:00 Sarbanes-Oxley: Burdensome & Unconstitutional for Business (Diplomat Room)
Sponsored by the Free Enterprise Fund
(Open to all CPAC attendees & guests)
Michael Carvin, Jones Day
Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
O-Brien Murray, Free Enterprise Fund

1:00 – Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
Tony Blankley, The West’s Last Chance
Frank Gaffney, War Footing

1:00 – 3:00 Leadership Institute’s Workshop on Effective Television Techniques
(Congressional Room A)

1:15 What about Iran?
Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council & author of Tehran Rising
Philip Giraldi, former CIA Counterterorrism Specialist
Van Hipp, American Defense International, Inc.
Rep. Sam Johnson (TX)

Moderator: Suhail Khan, Islamic Free Market Institute

2:00 Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
Ron Christie, Black in the White House

EMCEE
Steven A. Castleton, Dionysus Consulting LLC

2:15 War Stories
Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (ret.)
Capt. Kevin Coughlin, USMC (ret.)
Introduction: John Dodd, Jesse Helms Center

2:45 Senator Rick Santorum (PA)
Introduction: Doug Schneider, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Intercollegiate Institute Studies’ Presentation on Russell Kirk

3:00 – 4:00 Moral Issue of Racism (Diplomat Room)
Sponsored by the National Black Republican Association
(Open to all CPAC attendees & guests)
Rev. Wayne Perryman, author of Unfounded Loyalty: An In-depth Look into the Love Affair Between Blacks and Democrats
Frances Rice, Chairman of the National Black Republican Association
Michael Zak, author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party

3:00 Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (ret.), War Stories

3:05 Stealing Elections & Voter Fraud
John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Cleta Mitchell, Foley & Lardner LLP
Bob Williams, Evergreen Freedom Foundation

Moderator: Kathryn Serkes, Square One Media Network

Intercollegiate Institute Studies’ Presentation on Robert Nisbet

3:15 Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
Sen. Rick Santorum, It Takes a Family

3:30 – 5:30 Leadership Institute’s Workshop on Blogging
(Congressional Room A)

EMCEE
David Dunham, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

3:55 The Hon. Dick Armey (TX), Co-Chairman of FreedomWorks & former House Majority Leader
Introduction: Matt Kibby, FreedomWorks

4:00 Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
Alan Skorski, Pants on Fire

4:15 Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao
Introduction: David A. Keene, American Conservation Union

5:00 Book Signing (Exhibit Hall)
Richard Miniter, Disinformation

5:30 General Reception – Exhibit Hall

5:30 Diamond Reception – Diplomat Room
Sponsored by GOPUSA

5:30 Co-Sponsor Reception – Palladium
Sponsored by MyWireless.org

7:30 Presidential Banquet – Regency Ballroom
Master of Ceremonies: Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., The Heritage Foundation

Speaker: Vice President Dick Cheney

Speaker: Senator George Allen (VA)
Presentation of the John M. Ashbrook Award


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