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 New York Times, 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]
The Warm Blanket Of Anonymity

True servants of the people need not boast. This anonymous author does, so we know he is not.

Better A Naked Public Square Than An Empty One

Bill Maher is one of the last defenders of free speech who understands that banning the crackpots and the “wrongthink” from the public square is inherently bad for us all.

Anthony Kennedy: The Most Important Voter In America

Justice Kennedy’s vote, so often featured in 5-4 decisions, changed the country in fundamental ways. Now Trump will have a court-redefining legacy.

The Migrant Crisis Is About More Than Just Kids

The Mexican cartels uses migrants to flood the zone and distract Border Patrol from their efforts to smuggle opioids and other drugs across.

What Anthony Bourdain Reveals About Living In The Age Of Loneliness

The sharp knife is a tool: it can take a life, destroy in cruel fashion, but it also has the ability to create incredible things.

Why It’s Absurd To Pretend The Enlightenment Is Responsible For Racism

There is nothing new under the sun, just different justifications for similar ideas. The Enlightenment had their own for racism, just as all ages have.

Is Donald Trump The Most Pro-Life President Ever?

The pro-life movement has come to grips with the reality that it does not matter who represents pro-life views from the bully pulpit of the presidency – what matters is what they do.

How Is The Culture War Fought?

Jonah Goldberg’s response is more evidence of the reordering of the coalitional hierarchy of priorities within the American right.

How Paul Ryan Went From Young Gun To Gone

Ryan was the most important Republican in Washington from 2009 to 2016. He now seems like a throwback from a bygone era.

Firing Kevin Williamson Is Just the Beginning

When contrarian voices are elevated to publications once viewed as places where contending ideas shared space, organized online backlash is now inevitable.

We Have Noted Your Absence From The Effort To Get Kevin Williamson Fired

The Atlantic is taking heat from outside critics as well as from within their own newsroom for hiring National Review’s Kevin Williamson.

Cambridge Analytica Is The Juicero Of Political Data Firms

‘This is the real world, not a spy novel. And in the real world, what Cambridge Analytica was promising simply doesn’t work.’

Sheriff Scott Israel Exemplifies The Failures Of Our Institutions

Rather than turning inward to rebuild our institutions to serve the American people well, the rotting and distrusted and negligent institutions will seize more power.

CNN’s Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA

So thanks a lot for adding to our discourse, CNN.

Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

Having judged the American project kaput after the election of Donald Trump, the media has now stooped to the level of defending the North Koreans.

Chuck Schumer Just Lost The Shutdown, Bigly

Why did Democrats cave so quickly? They counted on Trump being Leeroy Jenkins.

If Haiti Weren’t A ‘Sh-thole,’ Its Citizens Wouldn’t Need Refugee Status In The U.S.

America has the potential to take people from terrible countries and turn them into great Americans.

Michael Wolff Presents ‘Steve Bannon’s What Happened’

Michael Wolff’s book is the book of a gossip columnist — an entertaining one at that, but one who has a strong penchant for disregard for the facts.

‘The Last Jedi’ Is A Good Movie Wrapped Around A Bad Movie

The Last Jedi explores the nature and purpose of the force in the universe, but is distracted with drab and childish conflict between characters you don’t really care about.

Netflix Thinks Your Holiday Loneliness Is A Punchline

The other day someone in the Netflix PR department thought it would be a good idea to mock some of their own customers for the streaming services’ latest production, ‘A Christmas Prince.’