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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton promoted her book "What Happened" during an appearance at the Warner Theatre in Washington. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hillary Clinton slams Trump, Russians during appearance at Warner Theatre

Hours after saying she may still formally challenge the results of the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton returned to Washington on Monday night and said a "brilliant" psychological campaign by the Russians -- perhaps in direct concert with the Trump campaign -- had a major impact on the outcome last November. Published September 18, 2017

Hillary Clinton appears in Puerto Rico during a recent campaign event. (Associated Press photo)

Hillary mulls challenging legitimacy of 2016 election, cites Russian influence

Hillary Clinton on Monday would not rule out the possibility of challenging the results of the 2016 presidential election, saying it's clear the Russians influenced the outcome and that the legitimacy of President Trump's victory could be called into question as congressional and independent probes into Russian involvement move forward. Published September 18, 2017

In this July 26, 2013, file photo, a motorist fills up with gasoline containing ethanol in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Push for summer gas to be sold year-round

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the ethanol lobby has seized on the Trump administration's decision to prematurely lift a ban on summer sales of E15 gasoline — a move made to thwart potential gas shortages due to the two massive storms — as further proof the policy is outdated and should be scrapped by Congress. Published September 14, 2017

Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton calls for end to Electoral College

Nearly a year after gaining 3 million more votes than Donald Trump but still losing the election, Hillary Clinton says it's time to get rid of the Electoral College and award the presidency based simply on who gets the most votes. Published September 14, 2017

In this Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Trump push for oil pipelines upsets those concerned about safety of transport

President Trump recently declared that pipelines are "environmentally better" than other methods of moving oil and gas, reigniting an ongoing debate about the safest way to move the nation's abundant energy supply — but data show the truth is somewhat murky and depends largely on one's perspective. Published September 13, 2017

Hillary Clinton will begin promoting her most recent work, "What Happened," with a book signing Tuesday in New York City, the first stop on a tour that will stretch through the end of the year. (Associated Press/File)

Clinton returns to spotlight with blame book as Democrats try to move past election loss

At a time when her public approval is as low as ever, Hillary Clinton this week will re-enter the public arena with a book that blames everyone including Bernard Sanders and Barack Obama for her election loss -- and analysts say it will only further tarnish her legacy and ensure she has little, if any, future influence in politics. Published September 10, 2017

In this GOES-16 geocolor image satellite image taken Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, the eye of Hurricane Irma, left, is just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma, a fearsome Category 5 storm, cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Irma won't damage nuclear power plants, say officials

Two nuclear power plants stand directly in the path of Hurricane Irma, further complicating the government's efforts to prepare for the massive storm and leading state officials to say they'll shut the facilities down if the hurricane barrels down on south Florida as predicted. Published September 7, 2017

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump with him, responds, "We'll see," as he is asked a question about attacking North Korea after the Trump's attended services at St. John's Church in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The president last week named today a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

China, Brazil spark global trade war over biofuels

Throughout his campaign, President Trump voiced unwavering support for U.S. ethanol. Now that he's in the White House, industry leaders say it's time for Mr. Trump to back up his words with action by returning fire against Brazil and China in what increasingly looks like a global trade war over biofuels. Published September 4, 2017

A flares at Shell is shown along with other complexes along 146 Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Deer Park. Several plants shut down due to Hurricane Harvey. ( Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Harvey will harm energy markets across globe, experts say

As Texas and Louisiana faced the final flurry of punches from Harvey on Wednesday, a second wave of pain is headed for the nation's energy markets in what analysts say will be a disruption that reaches around the world. Published August 30, 2017

People watch heavy rain from the relative safety of a flooded gas station caused by Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Hurricane Harvey harms energy sector too, say experts

The effects of Hurricane Harvey are being felt across the energy sector, with oil refineries along the Gulf Coast off-line and fuel output dropping dramatically, fueling fears that gas prices could soon spike as a result. Published August 28, 2017

In this June 2, 2017, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,file)

EPA inspector general launches probe of Scott Pruitt's travel costs

In response to pressure from Democrats and environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general on Monday announced a probe into agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's taxpayer-funded travel to his home state of Oklahoma. Published August 28, 2017

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the new Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Zinke said Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, that he wont seek to rescind any national monuments carved from wilderness and ocean by past presidents, but would press to change some boundaries and left open the possibility the Trump administration could allow new access to oil and gas drilling, logging and other industries. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

Tribes, green groups prepare for national monument court fight

The Trump administration's plan to shrink at least three major national monuments is headed for a courtroom battle, with environmentalists and tribal groups warning over the weekend that they're readying lawsuits in hope of stopping the move. Published August 27, 2017