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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

Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rick Perry disavows Trump team questionnaire on climate change

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday blasted a questionnaire from the Trump transition team to the Energy Department that sought information on which employees worked on federal climate change programs, saying he's not interested in singling out agency employees. Published January 19, 2017

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles as he leaves Trump Tower in New York in this Dec. 12, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Rick Perry: 'I regret' calling for the elimination of the Energy Department

As he tries to convince the Senate to put him in charge of the Energy Department, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he was wrong to recommend eliminating that same department and stressed that it plays a vital role in energy development, scientific research, nuclear security and in other areas. Published January 19, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate Scott Pruitt arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Protesters, Democrats open fire on EPA nominee Pruitt at Senate hearings

Amid scattered protests, Democrats on Wednesday morning turned their full fire on Scott Pruitt, seeking to derail the Oklahoma attorney general by zeroing in on his past legal clashes with the Environmental Protection Agency and his ties to the oil-and-gas industry. Published January 18, 2017

Environmental lobbyists plan to turn up the head against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator-designate Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, as his confirmation hearings loom. (Associated Press)

Trump EPA pick Pruitt decried by environmental lobby

Environmentalists this week are trying to rally Democrats in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's energy team, but they're facing an uphill battle with both lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the American public. Published January 10, 2017