Republican Party leaders tried to explain why Gov. Chris Christie was not invited to this year's annual gathers of conservatives in Washington.
The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is under way without New Jersey's GOP governor.
One party leader called Christie a watered-down version of a conservative who has become a distraction for the party.
Christie has been heavily criticized by the far-right wing for visiting the White House and touring Hurricane Sandy damage with President Barack Obama last fall.
The party may be at a critical juncture, and we're seeing what may be a rollout for some possible GOP White House contenders.
It is, in part, something of a campaign rally. But this year the conference is also a time for some soul-searching.
FOX's Doug Luzader has more in this video report from Washington.
Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.
A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday. Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today. Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.