The Conservative Political Action Conference, commonly referred to as CPAC, opens its three-day conference Thursday at National Harbor, Md., and, as Yahoo News reporter Chris Moody notes, the list of speakers is high profile.
The lineup includes Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. There also will be speeches by a number of members of Congress, plus Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are on the agenda.
Around 8,000 conservative activists are expected to attend, along with 2,000 journalists.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on an assault weapons ban Thursday, and the Senate Budget Committee is likely to wrap up work on the first Senate budget in four years.
And then there is this: President Barack Obama concludes his Capitol Hill outreach effort Thursday with separate meetings with Senate Republicans and House Democrats.