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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


Hillary Clinton, campaign under fire for not taking stand on trade debate

Hillary Rodham Clinton is under fire from all sides for refusing to take a stand in the trade debate that is consuming Washington, and her top campaign hands brushed aside or flat-out ignored questions on the topic during several high-profile media interviews Sunday. Published June 14, 2015

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT YEAR - Democratic presidential hopeful, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks during a campaign house party, Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Sioux City, Iowa.  (Justin Wan/The Sioux City Journal via AP)

Hillary ducks trade deal, 'we'll see' if she takes a position

One of Hillary Rodham Clinton's top political advisers said Sunday she doesn't know if the Democratic presidential front-runner will weigh in on the fast-track trade authority debate that is still consuming Washington. Published June 14, 2015

Besides trying to salvage the crucial trade deal, Mr. Obama is awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court that could unravel Obamacare, and he is racing against a June 30 deadline to reach a deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. (Associated Press)

Obama fights for Asia trade deal with relevance hanging in the balance

If President Obama somehow persuades dozens of Democratic lawmakers to change their minds by Tuesday night and vote with him on a second attempt to pass trade legislation, he will rescue an agreement that is designed to be the centerpiece of his foreign policy shift toward Asia. Published June 14, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, hugs her husband former President Bill Clinton after speaking to supporters Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bill Clinton on Republican presidential field: 'They're no dummies'

Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday cautioned against underestimating the current GOP presidential field and said he believes that power brokers within the party ultimately will settle on one candidate they believe has the best chance to win. Published June 14, 2015

President Obama speaks in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House spins trade defeat as 'good sign'

The White House on Friday tried to spin the resounding defeat of President Obama's trade agenda in the House as a "good sign" and pledged not to give up the fight. Published June 12, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

White House makes last-ditch push on trade bill

President Obama and other top White House officials are in regular communication with leaders on Capitol Hill as the administration makes a last-ditch attempt to push controversial trade legislation past the finish line. Published June 11, 2015

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base from a trip to the G-7 summit in Germany, on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EPA expands reach, targets greenhouse-gas emissions from aircraft

The Obama administration declared Wednesday that airplanes are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to expand its reach to yet another sector of the economy as the president seeks to cement his legacy on climate change. Published June 10, 2015

US President Barack Obama arrives to speak at a news conference at the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama launches new $34 million climate change initiative

President Obama on Tuesday joined with the U.K. government and private partners such as Google to launch a $34 million project to help developing countries better prepare for the effects of climate change. Published June 9, 2015

Claire Harrison, of Alpharetta, Ga., protests the Environmental Protection Agency during a July 29, 2014, rally in Atlanta in response to an EPA hearing on tougher pollution restrictions. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court tosses challenge to EPA carbon rules

A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's controversial plan to limit carbon emissions on existing power plants, paving the way for the rules to go into effect before the president leaves office. Published June 9, 2015

"There is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case. It has been well-documented that those who passed this legislation never intended for folks who were going through the federal exchange not to have their citizens get subsidies," President Obama said. (Associated Press)

Obama blasts Supreme Court for accepting challenge to health care law

President Obama assaulted the nation's top court and seemed to criticize the U.S. legal system as a whole Monday, with the former constitutional law professor declaring that the Supreme Court was wrong to even accept a challenge to his signature health care reform law and deriding the fact that an "individual district court judge" was able to derail his deportation amnesty. Published June 8, 2015

President Obama drinks from a bottle of water after his speech at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio, on July 5, 2012. Obama is on a two-day bus trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA finds fracking poses no direct threat to drinking water

Fracking does not pose a direct threat to drinking water supplies, the Obama administration said Thursday in a major study that represents a serious blow to environmentalists and other vocal opponents of U.S. oil and gas production. Published June 4, 2015

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. in this 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA's renewed renewable fuels push has critics fuming

The Obama administration's move last week to increase the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels that must be blended into gasoline supplies left virtually everyone unhappy, casting new doubt on the future of the government's long, contentious Renewable Fuel Standard. Published May 31, 2015