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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 candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her running mate, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., former President Bill Clinton, and Kaine's wife Anne Holton, gives a thumbs up as she takes the podium to speak at a rally at McGonigle Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia , Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Kaine will begin a three day bus tour. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine take their 'Stronger Together' message on the road

On the heels of a convention that began on a rocky note but ended on a historic one, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine on Friday made one last appearance in Philadelphia, pushing hope, optimism and patriotism and contrasting that with the "twisted" view of Republican Donald Trump. Published July 29, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No candidate 'has ever known less' than Trump, Joe Biden tells DNC

Saying the Republicans have nominated the most clueless, unprepared presidential candidate in history, Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday night eviscerated Donald Trump, telling fellow Democrats the billionaire is a literal danger to the future of the country. Published July 27, 2016

Sanders supporters snubbed by Hillary Clinton, wooed by other candidates

Rather than extend olive branches to Sen. Bernard Sanders' supporters, Hillary Clinton keeps ignoring them. At the Democratic National Convention, Sanders supporters say it's getting increasingly harder, not easier, to put aside a contentious party primary and line up behind the former first lady. Published July 27, 2016

Sanders delegates storm the media tents outside the Democratic National Convention, holding pro-Sanders signs and saying they'll never accept Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee. (Ben Wolfgang/The Washington Times)

Bernie Sanders supporters storm media tent as Hillary Clinton accepts nomination

Diehard supporters of Sen. Bernard Sanders stormed media tents and staged a sit-in Tuesday night minutes after Hillary Clinton officially claimed the party's presidential nomination, injecting another round of drama into the convention and pouring cold water on claims Democrats are fully uniting behind their White House nominee. Published July 26, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren took repeated shots at Republican Donald Trump, with whom she's had an ongoing, often nasty Twitter war. But the focal point of her address was getting disenchanted progressives to finally give up their fight against Hillary Clinton once and for all, or risk the possibility of a Trump presidency. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren tells warring Democrats they can't 'turn on each other'

The Democratic Party on Monday night called on its top progressive hero to quell a growing rebellion on the left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren told her party in no uncertain terms that it cannot "turn on each other" and must fully back Hillary Clinton for president. Published July 25, 2016

Bill Clinton (Associated Press/File)

Bill Clinton is still Democrats' biggest asset -- and highest risk

Eight years after a gaffe-filled performance damaged his wife's White House hopes, a more disciplined Bill Clinton has emerged on the campaign trail -- but analysts say the former president remains the ultimate risk-reward surrogate, a "Shakespearean character" with unmatched political talent who is simultaneously unable to prevent himself from creating political headaches. Published July 25, 2016

Democratic National Committee chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she'll step down Thursday, at the end of the convention, after emails posted by WikiLeaks showed she and fellow DNC staffers disparaged and plotted to derail Sen. Bernard Sanders, the insurgent candidate who forced Hillary Clinton far deeper into the primaries than anyone had predicted. (Associated Press)

Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigns as DNC chief on eve of convention

Faced with a near-mutiny on the left, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly announced her resignation Sunday, injecting a new round of unwelcome drama for Hillary Clinton just as her presidential-coronation convention kicks off. Published July 24, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., arrive at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Tim Kaine debuts on campaign trail, trashes Donald Trump

Sen. Tim Kaine hit the campaign trail for the first time Saturday as the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee, trashing Republican Donald Trump and vowing that he and Hillary Clinton will pursue a "strong, progressive agenda" in the White House. Published July 23, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., right, speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine for her vice presidential choice

Hillary Clinton on Friday tapped Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate, taking a cautious, safe approach that could earn her goodwill with moderates and may aid her in Mr. Kaine's swing state of Virginia -- but her choice surely will leave progressives who had been hoping for a bolder choice disappointed. Published July 22, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., right, speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progressives warn Hillary Clinton: Don't pick Tim Kaine for vice president

Top liberals on Thursday warned Hillary Clinton not to pick Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential nominee, arguing that the Virginia Democrat's positions on Wall Street and trade represent a betrayal of progressive values and could doom the party's ticket in the fall. Published July 21, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 42nd International Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Hillary Clinton's rapid response hopes to take spotlight

Hillary Clinton is counterpunching just as soon as Republicans strike during their party convention in Cleveland this week, but the former first lady's campaign largely is limiting its fire to politicians and has shied away from criticism of celebrities and Donald Trump's children. Published July 20, 2016