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
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.

Understanding Rand Paul: When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

Rand Paul’s problem is that where other politicians speak in pablum, he tries to keep it real.

The Insane Vaccine Debate

We’ve had mandatory vaccine policies in the U.S. since before the Emancipation Proclamation. Why are they controversial now?

Who Benefits From Mitt Romney’s Absence In 2016?

Ironically, without Mitt Romney in the field, Jeb Bush could have stronger challenges to face.

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.