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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Polling shows Sen. Bernard Sanders' strongest supporters also have the highest opinions of the Affordable Care Act. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders inflates role in crafting Obamacare even as he pushes single-payer replacement

Sen. Bernard Sanders is inflating his role in the creation of Obamacare, analysts and fact-checkers say, but his claim is driven by a simple political reality -- his core supporters are the most ardent backers of the health care law, leaving him little choice but to praise the legislation even as he tries to scrap it in favor of a costly single-payer system. Published January 26, 2016

A CNN survey conducted this month found that 55 percent of Democratic voters consider Hillary Clinton to be the "least honest" candidate in the race. (Associated Press)

Email scandal puts Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations in peril

Hillary Clinton is vehemently disputing new charges that she sent top-secret information from a nonsecure email account while at the State Department, but analysts say the scandal has already damaged her so deeply that her presidential ambitions are at risk. Published January 21, 2016

President Obama sits in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, an all-electric vehicle with an estimated range of 200 miles on a single charge, while touring the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The man at left is unidentified. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

Obama praises his auto bailout in Detroit, blasts GOP

As teachers staged a sickout that closed Detroit schools, President Obama took a victory lap in the city Wednesday, bragging about his administration's bailout of the auto industry in 2009 and chiding Republicans for opposing it. Published January 20, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has had little choice in her hopes to siphon voters away from Sen. Bernard Sanders but to hew closely to President Obama's policies, which she helped craft during her time in his administration. (Associated Press)

Clinton hews to Obama policies to lure away Sanders voters

Hillary Clinton had little choice but to run as President Obama's third term, political analysts said after the Democratic presidential hopeful stepped up her defense of her political opponent-turned boss in this weekend's debate. Published January 19, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,  gestures towards Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton during the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Clinton casts herself as Obama's heir, Sanders calls for 'revolution' in debate

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Sunday cast herself as President Obama's natural heir on guns, health care and the economy in the final debate before Iowa's caucuses, but Sen. Bernard Sanders said it's time for Democrats to push further, saying the country needs a "political revolution" to break the power of big corporations. Published January 17, 2016

"This is a reason for the U.S. Justice Department to get involved," Sen. Bernard Sanders said, arguing the investigations should begin automatically after a man or woman dies while being held by law enforcement. (Associated Press)

Sanders says feds should investigate all police custody deaths

Every time an American dies in police custody, the federal government should immediately launch an investigation, Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday night at a Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina. Published January 17, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who was the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee but took a pass on this year's presidential contest, said Republican infighting plays into the hands of President Obama, who exploits those fights to pursue his own agenda. (Associated Press)

Speaker Paul Ryan pitches grand 2016 vision that's short on details

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday his troops will offer voters a clear, conservative agenda before they vote in November, though he failed to outline concrete goals for 2016 after a three-day retreat in Baltimore that's been dominated by talk of the raucous GOP nominating race for president. Published January 15, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders is bucking fellow contender Hillary Clinton's narrative that she has crucial South Carolina in the bag. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders gaining on Hillary Clinton in crucial South Carolina

After overtaking Hillary Clinton in some Iowa and New Hampshire polls, Sen. Bernard Sanders is showing he has a real chance of winning South Carolina and crashing through the Clinton campaign's supposed Southern firewall, analysts and Democratic Party leaders say. Published January 14, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bernie Sanders nabs endorsement from The Nation magazine

In the latest sign the liberal establishment is lining up behind his presidential bid, Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday secured an endorsement from The Nation magazine, the first national news outlet to choose a candidate in the 2016 race. Published January 14, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Charles and Romona Myers Center at University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, on Jan. 12, 2016. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP)

Hillary Clinton has Bernie Sanders on defensive over health care plan

Hillary Clinton over the past two days has launched an all-out assault on presidential primary rival Sen. Bernard Sanders' health care plan, arguing that voters in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire deserve answers from the senator on how he'll guarantee health care to all Americans without raising middle-class taxes. Published January 13, 2016