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National Review Institute’s Conservative Summit

In addition to a long list of headliners like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich, I am pleased to be among the speakers at the National Review Institute’s Conservative Summit in D.C. from Friday, January 26, to Sunday, January 28.  For more information and to sign up to attend, see here.

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