The 67 most stunning lines from Donald Trump’s epic 2-hour CPAC speech

(CNN)Fresh off an unsuccessful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump jetted back from Vietnam just in time to appear at the annual CPAC conference. And away we go! 2. “What we did in 2016 — the Election, we call it, with a capital ‘E’ — it’s never been done before.” Donald Trump, grammar expert. Also, copy editor. Also also, history-maker. 3. “I was probably more of a conservative than a Republican. People just didn’t quite understand that. They didn’t understand it.” They likely didn’t understand it because Trump, prior to running for president as a Republican, had expressed any number of views — on abortion, same-sex marriage and lots else — that suggested he was …

Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes the self-deprecating route to entertain Gridiron guests

(CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed the quirkiest story to emerge about her since she announced her presidential candidacy right out of the gate. She went after another elephant in the room by addressing media reports claiming she often berated her staff. “So when Jerry called me about tonight, he asked, ‘Do you need a microphone or do you just prefer to yell at everyone?’” she said. “I said microphone,” Klobuchar deadpanned. Klobuchar was invited to address the annual white-tie, invitation-only affair hosted by Washington’s journalism establishment, along with her Republican colleague, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. A relative newcomer to the Congress, Kennedy’s folksy, quick-witted sound bites have garnered attention. In a town known for its backbiting politics rather than its …

Ivanka Trump responds to a performance art piece of a vacuuming Ivanka lookalike

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump tweeted Tuesday in response to “Ivanka Vacuuming,” a performance art piece of an Ivanka lookalike who vacuums a pink carpet in a gallery in downtown Washington. “I would be happy to arrange for you to do it alone with none of the media circus that has formed around it,” Rubell wrote. “Not knocking anyone down. Exploring complicated subjects we all care about.” “Ivanka Vacuuming,” by @jenniferrubell. The performance art piece features an Ivanka Trump lookalike in bell sleeves and heels who vacuums a pink carpet for two hours every night. Visitors are invited to throw crumbs on the carpet for her to vacuum up, and to consider their complicity in Ivanka’s role-playing as a public figure. A …

Why Trump wants you to be afraid of high speed trains

(CNN)In President Donald Trump’s world, Democrats are after your cars and want to force everyone onto trains. Trump wasted no time making fun of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who announced in his State of the State address Tuesday that he was going to scale back a massive planned high speed rail project. The train might ultimately carry passengers from megalopolis of Los Angeles to the metro area that includes both Silicon Valley and San Francisco, but for now, Newsom said, they’re just going to focus on the line from Bakersfield (population: 380,000) to Merced (population: 83,000). “The whole project is a ‘green’ disaster,” Trump said on Twitter, and demanded that California return $3.5 billion in funding for the project …

Kamala Harris’ secret weapon: The sisters of AKA

(CNN)As Kamala Harris sets her sights on the White House, there is perhaps no network better positioned to power her early launch than the women she will address Friday night in South Carolina: her sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated — the nation’s oldest black sorority. Several former advisers to Barack Obama underscored Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence by recalling to CNN how they convinced the exhausted 2008 candidate to stop by the Pink Ice Gala in January of that year, days before the Palmetto State’s primary. Facing Obama’s initial objections to the unscheduled stop after a long stretch of campaigning, his advisers asked him simply whether he wanted to win the primary. (Obama made the stop and went on …

Former US ambassador to Afghanistan calls US framework with Taliban ‘a surrender negotiation’

Washington (CNN)Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker knocked the Trump administration for the framework agreement it announced with the Taliban that could open the door to ending the nearly 20-year long war. He said he thought negotiations could get back on the right track if the US included the government of Afghanistan in the process, but without reaching favorable terms, he called for the US to keep its troops there indefinitely. “In terms of US forces, maybe through these negotiations we can get to a place where our national security interests and our moral values as Americans can be advanced and protected by means other than our forces,” Crocker said. “Unless or until that day comes, our forces are …

The Wisconsin Foxconn factory won’t be a manufacturing plant after all

Foxconn's Wisconsin "factory" won't actually be a factory.Image: ANDY MANIS/GETTY IMAGES Wow, it’s almost like Trump made a promise the real world can’t support. In 2017, Chinese Apple supplier Foxconn broke ground on a factory in Wisconsin that it said would bring 13,000 manufacturing jobs to the US. President Trump even marked the occasion with a White House ceremony to hail his ability to return blue collar jobs to the midwest. SEE ALSO: Tim Cook just announced $1 billion Apple fund to advance U.S. manufacturing jobs Now, Reuters reports that Foxconn is reconsidering plans for its Wisconsin plant.