Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech, Publisher
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech also serves as a fellow at The Manhattan Institute. He was previously a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute; editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He co-founded Redstate and co-hosted Coffee & Markets, an award-winning economic podcast. His writing has been published in The Daily Beast, Politico, Commentary, Reason, and GQ, and he appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and CBS's Face The Nation. He divides his time between Virginia and New York. Email him at
Give Thanks

Thanksgiving in a time of darkness is still an opportunity to recognize how much we have.

Jeb Bush Is Peyton Manning, George W. Is Eli Manning

Jeb Bush’s struggles are the same as Peyton Manning’s, but both can be a factor down the stretch.

On Refugees Question, Elite Pieties vs. NIMBY

The United States should take in as many refugees as it can prudently accept. But what if that number is zero?

The Most Substantive Republican Debate Yet

The Fox Business debate was the most substantive one we’ve seen this cycle. Who won it?

Campus Totalitarianism Driven By The Rise Of Reset Culture

What’s driving the rise of a totalitarian attitude toward campus life? A generation that has absorbed the lessons of Reset Culture.

The Crisis Of The American Working Class

The American working class is losing the things that make life worth living, replaced by dependency and hopelessness.

Casting The Female Reboot Of Ocean’s 11

Sandra Bullock isn’t the best choice for a reboot of Ocean’s 11 – there’s a much better and more interesting option.

How Republicans Can Fix Their Debate Problem

Republicans can fix their debate problem in the long term by disrupting the process and giving conservatives leverage over the networks.

CNBC Debate Moderators Are Who We Thought They Were

The CNBC debate moderators were even worse than we thought they would be.

This Boehner-Obama Deal Is Getting Worse All The Time

The Boehner-Obama budget deal is unnecessary and wrong, and the way it’s happening will hurt Republicans.

The Tea Party Just Keeps Winning, And They’re Still Not Happy

The Tea Party just keeps winning, and they’re still not happy about it.

Paul Ryan Will Be Your New Speaker of the House

Paul Ryan is going to be your new Speaker of the House. Here’s why he should disrupt the way Congress works.

Paul Ryan Wants To Be Speaker On His Own Terms

It is not the job of The Freedom Caucus to make Paul Ryan Speaker if he doesn’t want it.

The New Star Wars Trailer, Analyzed

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer shows what so many fans get wrong about the franchise. Empires don’t just disappear.

The Democratic Presidential Debate: Will There Be Debating?

The big question for tonight’s Democratic presidential debate: will there be any debating?

A Note On First Things And Maureen Mullarkey

First Things editor R.R. Reno was wrong to publicly pillory Maureen Mullarkey.

John Boehner Quit Because He Was Going To Be Fired

John Boehner is out as Speaker, but it isn’t really his fault – it’s Mitch McConnell’s.

Who’s Really Being Divisive, Pope Francis?

Pope Francis says the church shouldn’t be divisive. What does that mean in an era when everything is divisive?

Cuba Visit Shows Pope Francis Is No John Paul II

Pope Francis defends his Cuba visit and ignores the plight of dissidents.

Carly Fiorina Joins The Fray

Carly Fiorina joins the main stage and wins the second Republican Debate easily.