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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

The pressure is on Hillary Clinton to score a decisive win next week in the New York primary, analysts say. (Associated Press)

Pressure to win New York primary greater for Hillary Clinton

Sen. Bernard Sanders' native New York roots matter little as the state's April 19 primary approaches, political analysts say, and all the pressure is on Hillary Clinton to score a decisive win next week in the state she represented in the U.S. Senate for eight years. Published April 11, 2016

"I continue to believe [Hillary Clinton] has not jeopardized America's national security," the president said. "There's a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned and she recognizes. But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective." (Associated Press)

Obama says Hillary Clinton's private server did not endanger national security

President Obama said Sunday that Hillary Clinton showed "carelessness" by using a private email server, but he also strongly defended his former secretary of state, saying she did not endanger national security, while also vowing that an ongoing FBI investigation into the matter will not be tainted by politics. Published April 10, 2016

Jane Sanders, wife of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens as he speaks to reporters after a campaign event, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

With eye on New York delegates, Sanders turns up the burn on Clinton's judgment

With a crucial Democratic presidential showdown in New York just a week away, Sen. Bernard Sanders on Sunday launched a blistering assault on rival Hillary Clinton, openly questioning the former secretary of state's judgment and saying he has doubts about the type of president she would make. Published April 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton argues a point as Sen. Bernard Sanders listens during the Democratic debate Sunday night in Flint, Mich. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Verbal attacks between Clinton, Sanders turning nasty

The war of words between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders turned nastier Thursday and now threatens to drive a permanent wedge between the two sides, as the Vermont senator's campaign fired back that Mrs. Clinton not only is unqualified to be president but also has made "a deal with devil" by accepting big-money donations from Wall Street. Published April 7, 2016

Analysts said launching attacks on Sen. Bernard Sanders was a dangerous move for Hillary Clinton, who will need those progressives' support if she is to win the White House and who risks running the same kind of personal attack campaign she has chided Republicans for waging. (Associated Press)

Sanders slams Clinton as 'unqualified' after she ratchets up attacks

Hours after losing the Wisconsin primary, Hillary Clinton fired a barrage of charges at Sen. Bernard Sanders on Wednesday, questioning his commitment to the Democratic Party and accusing him of enabling the gun industry to arm mass killers, as she seeks to regain liberals' backing. Published April 6, 2016

A Wisconsin loss wouldn't put much of a dent in Hillary Clinton's significant edge in the all-important delegate race, but it would give the Sanders campaign additional momentum and could again highlight the problems the former secretary of state is encountering as she tries to win over progressive Democrats. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton braces for loss in Wisconsin Democratic primary

Polls closed in Wisconsin at 9 p.m. Tuesday as Hillary Clinton braces for another primary loss to Sen. Bernard Sanders, who has vowed to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party convention in July. Published April 5, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders is already behind schedule if he is to win over some of Hillary Clinton's superdelegates. In 2008, Barack Obama began to earn his first switchers at the beginning of the year, a signal that Mrs. Clinton's campaign was in trouble. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders campaign planning for convention fight with Hillary Clinton

Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign began laying the groundwork Tuesday for a contested convention this summer, saying Hillary Clinton won't be able to win the nomination based on the primaries and the two will end up fighting for the superdelegates who will ultimately make the decision. Published April 5, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders is raising more donations than Hillary Clinton despite her lead. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton ahead in race but Bernie Sanders raising more cash

Hillary Clinton's shift to general election mode could hit yet another speed bump Tuesday in Wisconsin, where polls show Sen. Bernard Sanders in front as the progressive enthusiasm around his candidacy, and the impressive fundraising hauls that enable him to keep fighting, show little sign of drying up. Published April 4, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hit the stump Wednesday, telling voters in her adopted home state of New York she is qualified to lead.

Trailing Sanders in Wisconsin, Clinton focusing on N.Y.

While Hillary Clinton campaigned and raised cash in New York City Wednesday, rival Sen. Bernard Sanders hit the stump in Wisconsin, seeking another upset win in the Midwestern state's April 5 primary that would block the former first lady's efforts to wrap up the Democratic presidential primary and move on to a general election campaign. Published March 30, 2016