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 and editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture. He previously worked as a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He co-founded Redstate, was co-host of Coffee & Markets, an award-winning economic podcast, and appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, and The Blaze. He lives in Virginia. Email him at
Thunderdome: There Is No Such Thing As Time Travel

In this edition of Thunderdome: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama want to warn their past selves of mistakes.

Yes, We Need CBO Reform

Reforming CBO to be more transparent and reasonable in its estimates is a good thing, not a war on math.

Welcome To Thunderdome 2016

The 2016 presidential primary season is finally upon us. Let’s familiarize ourselves with the cast of characters.

The NYPD’s Revolt Is A Direct Threat To Democracy

The NYPD is now actively shirking its duty to enforce the law. Mayor de Blasio should remind them there is no right to strike against the public safety.

The Context For The Cromnibus Showdown

The context for the Cromnibus showdown was an internal debate within the Democratic Party about how much President Obama matters for their future.

TNR Illustrates The Dangers Of Being A Hood Ornament

TNR owner Chris Hughes illustrates the danger of working at a publication which is little more than a rich person’s hood ornament.

Stand With Hillary Video: Things Democrats Think White People Like

The Stand With Hillary video shows the fissures in the Democratic coalition laid bare.

Why Pro-Lifers Should Thank Feminists For Falling Abortion Rates

What’s the explanation for falling abortion rates? In part, it’s the elimination of stigma for single motherhood.

Congress Pays For Entitlement Expansion With Cut To Penis Pumps

Using penis pumps to pay for entitlements: government spending will at least suck a little less with these cuts to the vacuum-based erection program.

The New York Times Forgot To Disclose The Facts About Neil Tyson’s Fabrications

In a piece about the failings of memory, the New York Times curiously forget to disclose the actual facts about Neil Tyson’s history of fabricating quotes.

Celebrating Bad Food: An Interview With Christopher Kimball

Cook’s Illustrated founder Christopher Kimball believes food isn’t art. Here’s how his views have prevailed in a world of food porn.

Welcome To The Eric Cartman Presidency

Welcome to the Eric Cartman presidency – “whatever, I do what I want.”

Republicans Should Respond To GruberGate By Cleaning House At CBO

So long as Doug Elmendorf leads CBO and employs Gruber’s methodology, free market health care policies are effectively DOA. It’s time to clean house at CBO.

Valerie Jarrett Is The Left’s Dick Cheney

Valerie Jarrett looks exactly like what the left claimed Dick Cheney was: the real administrative power behind a shallow figurehead president.

This Was An Election About A Failed Presidency

2014 was about one thing: Barack Obama’s failure to live up to his presidency’s promise in almost every domestic and foreign policy arena.

The War On Women Jumps The Shark

NARAL’s condom ad is the shark-jumping war on women “we have no message” moment of this cycle.

This Is How The War On Women Meme Ends

Suddenly, the gender gap is breaking against the Democrats. The war on women meme may be played out.

Rand Paul: ‘Huge Percentage’ Of Washington Elites Are Neoconservatives, Hardly Any Are Realists

Rand Paul previews his foreign policy address, in which he intends to lay out the case for “conservative realism”.

RNC Chairman: Obama ‘Flat-Out Lying’ To Hispanics About Immigration

In an interview with The Federalist, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus accused Obama of “flat-out lying” to Hispanics on immigration and “using [them] for his political advantage.”

RNC Chairman: Can’t “Give Lip Service To The Base To Win A Primary” Then Ignore Them

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says Republicans can’t “give lip service to the base” then ignore their priorities should the Senate go the GOP’s way.