Scenes from CPAC 2017

Conservatives are smiling this week at an annual convention just outside Washington as they celebrated President Trump’s win, but beneath the surface lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern in the next two years and to the 2018 election outlook.

At the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference — once a fringe event that is now decidedly in the Republican mainstream — Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to help fire up an estimated 10,000 activists in attendance.

Known as CPAC, the event is being held at a new MGM resort and casino in Maryland. So Trump, a former casino developer, should feel at home, despite certain unresolved differences with many of his hosts over issues such as trade, taxes and small government. (Reuters)

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