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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

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday night slammed presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton's judgment on foreign policy, conceding she has more experience in global affairs but has consistently made the wrong decisions. (Associated Press)

Sanders slams Clinton's foreign policy judgment

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday night slammed presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton's judgment on foreign policy, conceding she has more experience in global affairs but has consistently made the wrong decisions. Published February 4, 2016

At the last Democratic debate before New Hampshire voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign is based on the "artful smear" of trying to convince Democrats she isn't a true progressive. (Associated Press)

Clinton comes out swinging against Sanders, decries 'smear' campaign

Hillary Clinton launched the most aggressive attacks against Sen. Bernard Sanders so far in the campaign on Thursday night and accused her Democratic presidential primary rival of running an underhanded campaign based on "innuendo" and "insinuation" and trying to "smear" her record. Published February 4, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

After Iowa, more debates ramping up

As the dust settles in Iowa, voters across the country are about to get a closer look at presidential candidates on both sides, with the schedule of primary debates expected to pick up in the coming weeks. Published February 1, 2016

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