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Mike Pence takes the stage at CPAC

A slew of White House officials and top Republicans are set to address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, in an event over which President Donald Trump will loom large,.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, along with Vice President Mike Pence., spoke at the conference in Maryland on Thursday.

Trump himself is scheduled to talk Friday morning.

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