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. He was previously editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture. He also 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
Lindsey Graham Is An Unhinged Kook Who Shouldn’t Be Taken Seriously

Lindsey Graham is held up by TV networks as an “adult” on foreign policy and national security, but his views are regularly unhinged and bereft of facts.

Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick

Want to fix the GOP presidential debates? Easy: just shoot the moderator.

Only Traitors Want To Let Illegal Immigrants Join The Military

Breitbart says Republicans who want to let illegal immigrants join the military are traitors. Meet one guy who might disagree.

Does The Constitution Allow Congress To Restrict Abortion?

Congress may pass a 20 week ban on abortion. Is it unconstitutional for them to do so? Glenn Reynolds thinks so. He’s wrong.

Judicial Activism And Charles Murray’s Call For Civil Disobedience

Charles Murray’s clarion call for civil disobedience is tempting, but it’s also something that will challenge conservative orthodoxy on the courts.

Don’t Underestimate Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is the Pepperidge Farm Remembers candidate for 2016. Don’t underestimate his chances for success.

The Sadness Of Baltimore And The Empty Stadium

The empty Baltimore Orioles game is a sad commentary on the future of the West.

Republicans Have A Serious Immigration Challenge

On immigration, Republican presidential candidates can’t say one thing to the donors and another to the base.

The Gay Wedding Gotcha Question That Isn’t

Republicans should respond to the gay wedding attendance question by making the more important point.

Culture War Questions: Can Christians Be Notaries?

Can religious believers be magistrates or notaries without approving gay marriage licenses? Maybe not in North Carolina.

Introducing The Federalist Radio Hour

Later today, The Federalist will launch its first daily radio program, an hour-long show on Chicago’s WCGO 1590 that will air every day at 4pm EST/3pm CST.

Ahead Of Campaign Announcement, Rand Paul Talks ISIS, Turtlenecks, And Binge-Watching ‘House Of Cards’

Rand Paul answers The Federalist’s questions on the eve of the April 7th announcement that he’ll be running for president.

Two Guys Or Two Girls And a Pizza Place

The logic of secular leftists does not stop at Memories Pizza. It demands enforcement all the way to altars across the country.

The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality

Culture War 4.0 is what happens when tolerance is no longer a virtue and the power of government must be used to stamp out dissent.

3 Reasons Ted Cruz Could Win

Ted Cruz’s path to the GOP nomination isn’t as difficult as some people might think.

The Cartman Presidency: There Is No Check On President Obama

In the Cartman presidency, there are no limits on what Barack Obama can do.

The Left Regrets Making Scott Walker A Thing

Scott Walker is only a national figure because the left made him one. That’s a double-edged sword.

In 2016, Rick Perry’s Ideas Are The New Black

Whether Rick Perry runs for president or not, his ideas will be scattered throughout the 2016 field.

Marie Harf’s Ideas For Destroying ISIS Are Not So Fetch

Marie Harf suggests the best way to destroy ISIS is with a jobs program as opposed to killing people.

The 2016 Candidate With The Most To Lose

Running in this cycle is not in Marco Rubio’s best interest, and of the potential 2016 candidates, he has the most to lose.