Mark Hemingway
Mark Hemingway
Mark Hemingway
Mark Hemingway is the Book Editor at The Federalist, and was formerly a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @heminator
The Federalist’s Best Books Of 2019

Another year has nearly passed, and so we present another long list of compelling book recommendations from The Federalist’s staff and contributors.

The IG Report Didn’t Come Close To Debunking The Idea The FBI Was Politically Biased

The facts detailed in the inspector general’s report on federal spying abuses make clear that the entire anti-Trump investigation was tainted by partisan political bias.

How Joe Biden Gets Away With Calling A Voter A Fat, Dumb, Liar

Trump insults a lot of people, and D.C. elites are horrified. But Biden can call an Iowa voter who asked a reasonable question about corruption fat and tell him Biden has a ‘much higher IQ.’

Donald Trump Versus ‘The Interagency Consensus’

Trump’s presidency has been defined by senior government officials who are open about their loyalty to the administrative state, including criminal acts and abuses of power, over the imperatives of a democratically elected president.

Why It’s Not Surprising Voters Don’t Think Trump’s Rhetoric Is Disqualifying

I’m utterly mystified by those who insist on another national struggle session over the president’s rhetoric because of their misplaced belief that D.C. was all curtsies and decorum before Trump showed up.

Why Washington D.C. Compulsively Lies About Donald Trump

Beltway types still haven’t grasped that voters decided long before Trump arrived on the political scene that most of what passes for standard operating procedure in D.C. is just as farcical.

If Media Don’t Want To Be Called Propagandists, They Need To Stop Publishing Chinese and Russian Propaganda

The American media’s Trump-Russia hysteria of the last few years gains some real perspective when you consider that they are more than willing to take blood money to distribute publications that whitewash authoritarian crimes.

CNN Can’t Do The Mueller Report Math

Look at this chyron from CNN last night. Notice anything wrong?

At Fox Town Hall, Bernie Sanders Still Can’t Explain How He’s Paying For ‘Medicare For All’

Sanders doesn’t have a health care plan, so much as a branding strategy for one. Medicare is very popular, but it’s already bankrupting the nation.

Do You Want Your Kids To Go To An Elite College Or Get An Education? They’re Not The Same Thing

College entrance has become the primary, all-consuming educational goal for far too many parents, at the expense of understanding what constitutes a good education and what it should accomplish.

Before Ilhan Omar, Barack Obama Mainstreamed Anti-Semitism In The Democratic Party

Lost in the mists of the last decade: People spoke openly of Obama’s ‘Jewish problem’ in 2008. He went on to normalize Israel critics with dubious motivations and terror connections.

Anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Attempt To Re-Litigate The Cold War Is Absurd

There’s a very strong case to be made that in the long-term, Central America, for all its problems, is a lot safer and more stable because of U.S. foreign policy in the 1980s.

The Biggest Threat To Press Freedom Is The Media Itself

Major media organizations are about to be sued for irresponsibly turning innocent Covington Catholic school boys into objects of national hatred. A lack of standards threatens to open the media to all kinds of legal liabilities.

Newspapers Publishing Stupid ‘Hot Takes’ Is Why We Can’t Have National Discussions

Is there any American newsroom left that has the good sense not to publish outlandish opinions on hot-button issues? Have they considered whether this is poisoning our discourse?

The Beto Diaries

An unpublished journal entry by Texas congressman and liberal darling Beto O’Rouke provides startling insight into the mind of the failed Senate candidate and formidable presidential contender.

The Federalist’s Favorite Books Of 2018

Looking to pick up some new books to keep you entertained and edified well into the new year? The Federalist staff and contributors have lots of great recommendations.

How To Make Sense Of Trump’s ‘Capitalist Comeback’

In Andrew Puzder’s new book, ‘The Capitalist Comeback,’ the CEO and Trump’s former labor secretary nominee makes a compelling economic case for the benefits of fewer regulations and limited government.

What Molly Ringwald’s New Yorker Essay Gets Wrong About Filmmaker John Hughes

John Hughes simply must be defended. He was a singular talent and could be considered the most overtly America-loving filmmaker since Frank Capra.

How The Autotuned ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Explains Everything Wrong With Pop Music

The two-part formula for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was putting a darker spin on very conventional melodies and employing a lot of dynamics.

Porn Star Commits Suicide After Mob Hounds Her For Refusing Partner Who Had Gay Sex

You really have to marvel at how fast we’ve progressed from ‘Bake the cake, bigot’ to ‘Take off your dress, bigot.’