COMPASS: Congress is out, but infrastructure talks go on

July 7, 2021

Good morning from steamy Capitol Hill. Hope everyone had a great July 4th. If you missed DC’s fireworks display, you can watch it here. Both the House and Senate are out of session this week for the holiday. Senate Democrats return next week to kick off their infrastructure policy process, which right now appears to […]

COMPASS: A bipartisan infrastructure deal tentatively struck – to what end?

June 28, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. In case you missed it on Friday, the Director of National Intelligence released a highly anticipated report on “unidentified aerial phenomena,” also known as UFOs. The takeaway? The government has no idea what’s going on. But they haven’t ruled out aliens! The House is in session this week, while the […]

COMPASS: The Senate votes on partisan election overhaul

June 21, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. After 461 days, DC’s tyrannosaurus rex is finally out of quarantine. The Smithsonian Natural History museum (as well as several other Smithsonian museums) is open to visitors with a reservation. The House and Senate are both in session this week. The congressional infrastructure package continues to gurgle along. A group […]

COMPASS: Congress is back, infrastructure heats up, Rep. Ilhan Omar in the hot seat

June 15, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Four years ago today, bullets ripped across a baseball field where Republican Members of Congress were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. Leftwing political activist James Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), then the House majority whip, U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and lobbyist […]

COMPASS: Corporate media’s COVID-origin groupthink unravels

May 24, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Apparently we, along with 15 other states from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia to eastern Illinois, are living through the once-every-17-year occurrence of cicada-apocalypse. Brood X (pronounced “Brood 10”) is emerging from its slumber, crawling out of the dirt to eat, mate, and torture us all. According to the Washington Post, […]

COMPASS: Can the Senate take on China?

May 17, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where most of DC’s COVID capacity restrictions will be lifted or reduced starting on May 21. Last week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors, but says that students, who are at lower risk than vaccinated adults, should continue wearing masks for the […]

COMPASS: Senate takes up election overhaul bill; House votes on Liz Cheney’s leadership

May 10, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. A happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, we are grateful for you! The House and Senate are back in session this week. The Senate makes its first move on a hotly contested election overhaul bill this week when the Rules Committee marks up the For The […]

COMPASS: Biden addresses Congress, will he address the border?

April 26, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The Supreme Court announced this morning it will hear arguments in NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. V. Corlett, a case regarding whether or not there is a constitutional right to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense. This is the first Second Amendment case the court has granted in over a decade. The […]

COMPASS: GOP senators roll for Biden nominees; border in flames

March 24, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The cherry blossoms are halfway to peak bloom! The House has left town for a three week recess. The Senate is in session this week, however, and will confirm a handful of Biden nominations. Among them is Dr. Rachel Levine, Biden’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department […]

COMPASS: Democrats respond to border crisis with more incentives

March 15, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Over the weekend, DC residents began protesting the four-mile fence that remains around the U.S. Capitol, manned by 2,200 National Guard troops who will remain in DC through the end of May. The House and Senate are in session this week. As the border crisis intensifies — there are nearly 9,500 unaccompanied children […]

COMPASS: COVID legislation passes, Manchin equivocates on filibuster

March 8, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The National Guard has announced as many as 2,200 troops will stay in Washington for another two months to protect the Capitol from very dangerous online threats, like the one that sent the House home on Wednesday last week. According to Nancy Pelosi, House members were in peril from a deadly insurrection being planned […]

Compass: House passes $1.9 trillion in more COVID cash; earmarks on the horizon?

March 1, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where there are still 7,000 National Guard troops deployed, 5,000 of which will remain in Washington DC beyond the originally anticipated departure date of March 12. Security theater is now part of our daily lives. (Related: Conservatives to Pelosi: tear down this wall.) The House and Senate are in session this week. Early Saturday […]

COMPASS: Senate Democrats test the Byrd Rule

February 22, 2021

Good afternoon from soggy Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week. Both chambers are breaking land speed records as they pursue a budget process, the goal of which is a reconciliation package that can pass the Senate with a simple majority vote (as opposed to needing the usual 60 votes […]

Australia took a stand against Facebook — and got silenced

February 19, 2021

On Wednesday, Facebook launched a capital strike against the country of Australia. Rather than continue negotiations with Australia regarding paying for the news content circulating on its platform, Facebook decided to pull up stakes. Within hours, the company announced it would “restrict publishers and people in Australia” from sharing or viewing news content. This restriction was also […]

COMPASS: The Democrat’s de-platforming agenda

February 8, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Over a month after the events of January 6, a wall is still up around the U.S. Capitol. With many other pressing issues on the table, the Senate will be spending the week impeaching Donald Trump. Again. The conviction of the former president is unlikely to succeed, given that 17 […]

It’s Time For Conservatives To Take On Big Tech Tyrants. Here’s How

February 8, 2021

If conservatives want to preserve access to the online infrastructure of commerce and speech, they’re going to have to break up Big Tech. Rachel Bovard In a passage in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, a character named Mike is asked how he went bankrupt. “Gradually,” he replies. “Then all at once.” Such a framing could also […]