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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

An globelike tent hosting an exhibition on climate is set up in the courtyard of the French Environment Ministry. President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week. (Associated Press)

Obama power limited at Paris climate change summit COP 21

President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week with a fragile U.S. commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and analysts say the president is limited in terms of concrete promises and instead will act as little more than a "cheerleader" in the fight against global warming. Published November 25, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Nov. 19, 2015, about the meaning of "democratic socialism" and other topics. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders invokes FDR, MLK in passionate defense of socialism

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday made a passionate defense of democratic socialism and forcefully denied that his political platform is a radical one, instead casting it as the logical next step in establishing the kind of America envisioned by past leaders such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. Published November 19, 2015

For Murray Energy Corp. CEO Robert Murray, who fancies himself as one of President Obama's greatest enemies, the looming court case represents the best chance to stop what he and his employees routinely refer to as the "war on coal," a series of policies this administration has issued to crack down on energy that scientists say produces greenhouse gases. (Associated Press)

Lawsuit to stop 'war on coal' could derail Obama environmental agenda

Late in the afternoon of Nov. 12, Robert Murray got the news he had been waiting for -- a judge said his company's lawsuit to stop the Obama administration's central climate change policy would move forward, and ordered Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to sit for a deposition in the case. Published November 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton stops by to talk to Drake University students at debate watch party after a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton captures key union endorsement

Hillary Rodham Clinton captured a key endorsement Tuesday, garnering support from the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at a crucial moment in the 2016 presidential primary. Published November 17, 2015

A man holds his head in his hands as he lays flowers in front of the Carillon cafe, in Paris, Saturday, Nov.14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack Islamic State without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

For Democrats, Paris attacks put terrorism at forefront, may push climate change to backburner

Democrats increasingly have cited climate change as the top threat facing the world today -- even above the war against terrorism -- but Friday's deadly attacks in Paris surely will remind lawmakers and candidates of all stripes that the fight against radical Islamists is by no means over and represents a more immediate danger to people around the world. Published November 14, 2015

President Obama's decision to reject Keystone on environmental grounds, which he announced Friday after a review process that lasted nearly seven years, deeply angered the president's traditional supporters in the labor movement. (Associated Press)

Obama angers Democrats' labor base with Keystone rejection, Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama's relationship with blue-collar unions has hit an all-time low, with several powerful labor groups ripping into the administration -- and the Democratic Party as a whole -- for its rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and its promotion of the highly controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Published November 8, 2015

President Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama rejecting Keystone XL pipeline

Ending a review process that lasted nearly seven years, President Obama on Friday rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, siding firmly with environmental activists and drawing the ire of business and labor groups who say the administration is willfully standing in the way of economic growth, job creation and energy security. Published November 6, 2015

The Keystone Steele City pumping station was built to connect to the Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo)

Obama, TransCanada say little about likely doomed Keystone pipeline

Twenty-four hours after claiming authority to make the final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Obama administration said little about the issue Thursday, even as it looks increasingly likely that the project will die at the hands of the president. Published November 5, 2015

President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., on March 22, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama rejects request to suspend Keystone pipeline review

President Obama on Wednesday retained his authority to make the final call on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting pleas to delay the State Department's review of the project and sparking a backlash among critics who say the administration's decision-making process has been corrupted by politics. Published November 4, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and Democratic presidential candidate, speaks in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 30, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bernie Sanders, environmental activists look to end drilling on federal lands

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders on Wednesday proposed halting all fossil-fuel development on federal lands as part of a broader plan to fight global warming -- but the Vermont independent remains stunningly silent on whether he'll go "carbon neutral" and take steps to curb his own campaign's greenhouse-gas emissions. Published November 4, 2015

Lawrence Lessig, Democratic presidential candidate and Harvard law professor, speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention in Manchester on Sept. 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Lessig drops presidential bid, blames DNC rules change

Long-shot Democratic presidential contender Larry Lessig ended his campaign Monday, blaming party officials for his decision and hinting they manipulated rules for debate access to keep him off the stage. Published November 2, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, accompanied by President Obama, used his announcement that he will not make a bid for the White House to say that four years of college should be offered to all Americans just as 12 years of high school is today. (AP Photo)

Obama stays silent amid Democrats' growing calls for debt-free college for all

A growing of number of prominent Democrats -- including Vice President Joseph R. Biden -- have jumped aboard the free-college-for-everyone bandwagon in recent months, but the party's loudest, most influential voice remains conspicuously silent and has yet to fully throw his weight behind an issue that has quickly become a rallying cry for liberals. Published November 1, 2015