COMPASS: Funding the government-induced chaos

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Shona tova to all those observing Rosh Hashanah. The House and Senate are both in session this week and are up against a federal funding deadline on September 30. The forthcoming Continuing Resolution is rumored to fund the government until December 16th. I say “rumored” because, of course, no one […]

COMPASS: The Case For A Short Term CR

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The Compass is a day late this week as I have been out in Miami at the Conference for National Conservatism. Videos from the conference, including speeches from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Peter Thiel, Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Josh Hawley, are being posted here. My remarks are […]

COMPASS: Congress re-engages, CR on the horizon

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. They’re baaaaack. Well, almost. The Senate returns to Washington this week, while the House will be back next week. But looming over Congress’s return is the September 30th government funding deadline and all the drama that entails. Reports indicate Democrats are considering a continuing resolution (a CR, which is a […]

COMPASS: Social Media as Surrogates for State Censorship

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Both the House and Senate are still out of session, which means the city is quiet as we all soak up the waning days of summer. D.C. is sleepy, but the news cycle is not. Mark Zuckerberg made news last week, confirming that Facebook suppressed circulation of the New York […]

COMPASS: Taking On A Corrupted FBI

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. There continue to be more questions than answers as it relates to the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago. However, this morning Judge Bruce Reinhart rejected the Justice Department’s argument to keep the affidavit under seal. The affidavit would likely describe, among other things, the assertion of probable cause that President Trump […]

COMPASS: The raid that shook the country

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. In an absolutely shocking event with no historical precedent, the FBI last Monday raided the Florida home of former president Donald Trump. According to the release of the warrant (but, critically, not the affidavit), the raid was based on a dispute over Trump’s handling of classified documents, and in fact […]

COMPASS: Senate passes $740 billion reconciliation bill

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. After a little more than 15 hours of vote-a-rama, the Senate yesterday passed the $740 billion reconciliation bill by a vote of 51 to 50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie vote. All previous skeptics of the large reconciliation package – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

COMPASS: Republicans get “rinky-doo’d”

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. As of Saturday, President Biden is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 – again. Biden has been vaccinated four times and has a so-called “rebound” case after taking the Pfizer antiviral, Paxlovid. The White House reports that he has no symptoms. Down the street, the House is in recess. […]

COMPASS: The Mad Dash to August

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. I’m back in the host seat after my husband and I welcomed our baby boy in early June. Thank you all for your well wishes. The three of us are getting on marvelously (and with a lot of coffee!). Congress is back and with a major to-do list. Longtime Hill-watchers […]

COMPASS: Stopping the Invasion

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Both houses of Congress are out this week for the Independence Day recess – giving America the badly needed birthday present of not making things worse for a few days! The biggest news of the week comes from Texas. Several counties along the southern border have declared the relentless influx […]

COMPASS: Guns and baby formula

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week and the focus is on everything from Ukraine funding to baby formula. The Senate will take a cloture vote this evening on another $40 billion in supplemental funding for Ukraine. (The original request from the White House was $33 billion; […]

COMPASS: What Sam Alito Said

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The unprecedented leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court purporting to strike down Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood is still rocking the country. Over the weekend, protesters gathered outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Justice Samuel Alito, the author […]

COMPASS: Congress prepares Ukraine supplemental spending bill

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week and, to put it mildly, there is a lot going on. I’m going to try to hit the high points. First up, Ukraine. While things are rapidly changing and fluid on the ground, Washington is gearing up its response. On […]

COMPASS: Reconciliation negotiations in full force

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Despite intense weeks-long hyping from the mainstream media, this Saturday’s rally outside the Capitol was attended by more police and media than actual protestors. The House and Senate are back in session this week with a massive agenda: a government funding deadline (including supplemental funding for hurricanes and resettlement of […]