Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech, Publisher
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech also serves as a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, specializing in health care and entitlement policy. He previously worked as speechwriter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, and as chief speechwriter for U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. Domenech is also editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and co-host of Coffee & Markets, an award-winning podcast focused on politics, policy, and the marketplace. He co-founded Redstate and appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, and The Blaze. He lives in Virginia. Email him at
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The Agony of Jonathan Gruber: Michael F. Cannon’s Revenge

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Republican candidates in 2016 will have to answer questions about Iraq and the NSA, whether they’d like to or not.

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Media ignorance is worse when it’s intentional. It’s one thing to not know another perspective exists – it’s another to purposefully pretend it doesn’t exist.

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Politicians insist that inflation is under control, just so long as you don’t include prices for food, education, health care, housing, or energy.

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Share the found elements of Americana which extend into our lives from surprising sources and inspire you to feel like a patriot.

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People don’t naturally assume that over the counter birth control should be available for free: they think they should be able to buy it. Let them.

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Of all the special and unique snowflakes, Chelsea Clinton is the best.

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Sports talk radio used to be my escape from politics. But with the help of ESPN, politics is now threatening to ruin sports radio.

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This race wasn’t about the Tea Party. It was about whether a politician can serve two masters – big business vs. the people – and get away with it.

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True conservative reform should focus on limiting government, not shaping the polity or only defending one version of the American dream.

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No one buys the White House line on Bowe Bergdahl. Here are four things to keep in mind as the scandal unfolds.

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