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The Federalist Radio Hour features a conversation on culture, religion, and politics with the editors and writers of The Federalist web magazine. Hosted by Ben Domenech with regular guests Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, the show takes on controversies in America from a contrarian point of view.

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Ben Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and writes The Transom, a daily subscription email for political insiders. He is also a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, a former speechwriter and book editor, co-founder of Redstate and former co-host of the award winning Coffee and Markets podcast.

Heather Mac Donald on Discretionary Policing, Violent Crime, and Black Lives Matter

Heather Mac Donald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, “The War on Cops.” MacDonald addressed the motives of movements like BlackLivesMatter and how it has impacted police forces across the nation. Mac Donald said crime decreased during the years of economic downturn since 2008 despite liberal…

The End of the Bernie Sanders Campaign and Hillary’s Twitter Bots

Clare Foran, writer at The Atlantic, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to provide some closure on the Bernie Sanders’ campaign and explained ways his supporters may split over Hillary. Foran shared stories from the democratic campaign trail and the political social media war zone. There’s a juxtaposition within Sanders’ platform between a desire for a…

Terrorist Watch Lists, Gun Control, and the Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones

Joel Gehrke, political reporter for the Washington Examiner, joined the Federalist Radio to report on all sorts of bills and filibusters on the hill this week as a response to Orlando and the call for gun control. Bre Payton and David Harsanyi discussed Obama’s remarks in Orlando this week and his refusal to acknowledge the…

Is the GOP Donor Class Angry or Scared or Both?

Alex Isenstadt, reporter at Politico, returned from a Republican donor class summit in Utah and joined the Federalist Radio to share what leaders were feeling about Trump and the future of their party. Domenech and Isenstadt also discuss potential VP picks for both campaigns and how Trump failed to use the Orlando shooting for his own political…

Yuval Levin on a Fragmented Culture and Bipartisan American Nostalgia

Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, “The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism.”  Levin explained why baby boomers are so nostalgic about the way America used to be and the frustration with the present moment. Levin’s book walks through the…

How the Media Treats Trump, Guns, Romney, and Deceptive Editing

Alyssa Canobbio, media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon, shares of some of the most annoying aspects of the mainstream media and the media’s ignorance when it comes to covering not just politics, but events like the Orlando shooting. “They’ll say one thing and it sets off the far left and that sets off the…

The Orlando Killer, The FBI, and Obama’s Difficulty with Addressing Islam

Today the Federalist Radio Hour heard from several journalists and national security experts in attempting to debrief and understand the terrorist attack in Orlando. John Schindler, national security columnist at the Observer, said the gun control debate is a red herring. “If you simply say this is a crazy guy with a gun without looking…

Collegiate Athletes, Sexual Assault, and Tying Clinton Corruption to Boko Haram

Today on Federalist Radio, J.C. Derrick, reporter at World Magazine, discussed how Renee Ellmers lost re-election, the ‘FTO’ controversies under Hillary Clinton’s State Department, and recent news surrounding collegiate student athlete sexual assault cases. There is a back story to how Ellmers’ defeat has much to do with betraying pro-lifers. “There’s been a great deal…

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Sean Trende on Groupthink, Polling, and Election Historical Precedence

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at Real Clear Politics, joined Ben Domenech in discussing the groupthink of Twitter pundits, the potential evolution of the Republican Party, and the lack of historical analogues for Americans to compare this election to. With each passing month it becomes increasingly difficult to filter out the news from the noise coming…

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Trump’s Racist Attack on Judge, The Cable News Election, and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Mike Warren, staff writer at The Weekly Standard, talks Trump’s statements about the judge ruling on his Trump University case, the differences between 2012 and 2016, and the weaknesses of the Trump campaign that we might see emerge when it comes to the general election. Donald Trump has said a lot of crazy and racist…