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]
The Pivot Is Real, And It’s Spectacular

Trump doesn’t like McConnell and Ryan, and never did. He likes Chuck Schumer, and knows Chuck always makes money for his partners.

The Sandy Relief Bill Was Chock Full Of Pork

The key question with an emergency spending bill is whether it will immediately help the people and homes and businesses and infrastructure in the affected areas.

Confirmed: ESPN Is As Stupid As We Thought

ESPN is a laughingstock, and their defenders have been totally undermined by a move so stupid that it will be an item of ridicule for months to come.

Gawker Is Dead And Deserved To Die

Gawker was a site built to destroy lives. Its mission was to discover the worst moment in a person’s life, and then publicizing it for profit.

The Reality Of Charlottesville

Charlottesville shows that neither the extreme left nor the extreme right is representative of any significant constituency in American politics.

Could This Man Work At Google?

Google’s diversity rules mean they couldn’t hire The Pope. Do they think it’s a problem? Should we?

It’s Time For Millennials To Rise And Claim Their Inheritance

Even as they inhabit an era providing utopian degrees of choices, millennials have become too fearful to actually make those choices and seize the future liberty allows.

A Skinny Repeal We Hardly Knew

The so-called “skinny repeal” amendment to the Senate health care reform bill died a lonely death last night.

Mitch McConnell Gambled Big On Obamacare And Lost

McConnell squelched any possibility of pre-gaming consensus on the Senate side. It was a bet on his own ability as leader, and he lost.

Between Literal Treason And A Nothingburger

In a White House with so many factions at odds on key points: who’s burning who, and why?

Is There A Lane For An American Macron in 2020?

It seems reasonable to expect that at some point soon a real vacuum will emerge at the center of American politics where there wasn’t one before.

Aspen Ideas: Mark Zuckerberg For President

Zuckerberg would enter such a contest with the greatest knowledge of the electorate and analytics of any candidate.

Who Does The FBI Work For?

There’s no reason to beat around the bush here: what the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind.

The Only Kind Of Protest That Works

Boycotting, especially of major corporations and their advertising, is the new hotness when it comes to protests. And it’s actually working.

Globalism And Why We Hate Each Other

We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the current escalations in political rhetoric and acts of violence are divorced from these broader globalist trends.

CNN’s War On Trump Is Going Swimmingly

A network that once strove to be centrist is now openly antagonistic. It will run with the thinnest of scoops for hours to make their case against President Trump.

The Falstaff Of ‘Silicon Valley’

We will miss T.J. Miller ‘s character, Erlich Bachman, when he leaves HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley.’

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.