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. He was previously a fellow at The Manhattan Institute and 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 Wall Street Journal, 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 [email protected]
To Avoid Impeachment, Trump Should Pivot

What does a Trump pivot look like? It looks like running against Washington and refusing to even pretend to be a traditional Republican.

James Comey Deserved To Be Fired

James Comey should’ve been fired months ago.

Building On Donald Trump’s First Legislative Victories

Breaking down what happened with these two Trump legislative successes—Obamacare revision and the budget omnibus—illustrates what we should expect from the coming years.

What Comes Next After The Heritage Foundation Coup?

The problem for Heritage now is the need to find a new leader. Does anyone know what Bobby Jindal is up to these days?

Bill Nye and the Politics of Grievance

We must not fall into the trap of thinking speech that offends is speech that must be forbidden. A healthy culture demands that much of us.

Listening To Father John Misty On Good Friday

Father John Misty imagines that he is a rebel. He is, but he does not realize what he is rebelling against.

Consider The Possibility That We Are Led By Idiots

James Comey, for all of his stature and plaudits he has received, is an idiot when it comes to use of social media.

Failure Of Health Care Bill Is An Indictment Of GOP Leadership

AHCA failure is a failure for the president, but it’s much more a failure for House leadership and Paul Ryan. They had seven years to prepare for this moment, and they failed to do so sufficiently.

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate

You have the right to free speech as an American – you have no right to use YouTube to do it.

Donald Trump’s First Congressional Address Was The Speech People Needed To Hear

This was an exceptionally effective speech, well-delivered, normal, and with a few unexpectedly emotional notes.

Everyone Is Wrong About Milo And CPAC

Milo is not a conservative, a libertarian, or an ideologue. He is an attention seeker and a provocateur. And he is not going to go away.

SNL’S Kellyanne Conway Sketch Shows The Left’s Empathy Gap

SNL’s Kellyanne Conway sketch just convinces Trump supporters that the modern left is illiberal, intolerant.

Why Do We Have A Refugee Crisis? Because Of Elite Failures On Foreign Policy And Immigration

The refugee crisis and its consequences represent a string of failures on the part of multiple actors.

The Media Can’t Stop Talking About Itself

Yesterday President Donald Trump did several significant things. Instead, journalists were still binging on fake news.

Why Hollywood Should Rediscover Sinatraism

For those celebrities seeking a primer on how to interact with the political sphere in the era of Trump, they would be wiser to look to the model of another prominent star of the past: Frank Sinatra.

Why We Should Rid Ourselves Of Bubbles

The acknowledgement of these bubbles, and the importance of breaking out of them, ought to be part of everyone’s resolution on how to approach the Trump era in 2017 and beyond.

The Audacity Of Hope

2016 revealed the deep divisions we have within our culture and politics, divisions made even deeper by the past eight years of Barack Obama’s rule.

Rogue One Is The Star Wars Movie About The Soldiers

Rogue One is about the soldiers. And for all its flaws, that’s what these standalone movies should be about.

What’s The Matter With Westworld?

An exploration of the challenges of morality in such an age would be interesting. Instead, Westworld decided to go in a safer and more predictable direction.

Fidel Castro Bet On The Wrong Horse And Died A Failure

Fidel Castro’s defunct Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, tuition-free schools for the arts, are emblematic of his failure.