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John Bolton, Michelle Malkin commit to Steamboat conference

Brent Boyer

— Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin will headline this year's Freedom Conference hosted by The Steamboat Institute.

The fourth annual conference is scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25 at The Steamboat Grand.

Bolton, whose lengthy legal and diplomatic career perhaps was highlighted by his controversial tenure as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations during the presidency of George W. Bush, is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a commentator on Fox News.

Malkin is a conservative blogger, columnist and frequent guest host and commentator on the Fox News Channel. Her four published books are "Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces," "In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror," "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild" and "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies." She lives near Colorado Springs with her husband and two children.

"We're very excited about this," Steamboat Institute co-founder and Vice Chairman Rick Akin said. "This is really the earliest we've had big-name speakers confirmed. We're very happy to have speakers of this quality and ones who are anxious to come speak in Steamboat."

Akin, a Steamboat-based attorney, said Malkin will be the keynote speaker at the Aug. 25 lunch. Other Freedom Conference speakers will be announced soon, he said.

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The Steamboat Institute's website states the organization promotes the "five basic founding principles of this great country: limited government, lower taxes, free markets, strong national defense and individual rights and responsibilities."

Last year's Freedom Conference was headlined by nationally syndicated conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg. Other guest presenters included Wall Street Journal senior economic writer Steve Moore; Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs at The Heritage Foundation; and Freedom Conference moderator Tony Blankley.

In 2010, the Steamboat Institute brought Republican political strategist Karl Rove to town to headline the Freedom Conference.

Tickets for this year's conference are available online. A full-conference pass costs $250 if purchased by June 30 or $295 if purchased afterward. Those rates are halved for attendees younger than 30. VIP tickets are $400 through June 30 and include access to VIP receptions during the conference, as well as a photo with one of the keynote speakers.

Partial conference tickets also are available, including Aug. 24 only, Aug. 25 only and the Aug. 24 keynote dinner reception. For more information, visit

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