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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 has been a Vermont independent during his 25 years in Washington. With no real loyalty to the party itself, he seems eager to rage against the Democratic establishment. (Associated Press)

Democrats fear Sanders, supporters have 'nothing to lose' from convention chaos

Democratic Party insiders fear Sen. Bernard Sanders and his "revolution" followers have little to lose by pursuing a scorched-earth campaign against Hillary Clinton, and the unease is growing despite vows from the maverick politician's camp that violence will not erupt at the Democratic National Convention in July. Published May 18, 2016

Hillary Clinton was not scheduled to appear publicly Tuesday night, but she claimed victory via social media, tweeting that "We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We're always stronger united." (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton projected as 'unofficial' winner in razor-thin Kentucky vote

Hillary Clinton eked out a narrow win in the Kentucky primary Tuesday, but she continues to limp toward the party convention in July while mired in a two-front war that is draining time, money and energy from her campaign and distracting from the general election fight against presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump. Published May 17, 2016

Kentucky voters Tuesday gave Democratic presidential candidates a tight race. Hillary Clinton has lost support among the working class in Appalachia, extending her primary race against Bernard Sanders. Oregon Democrats also voted Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. (The Paducah Sun via Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders in virtual dead heat in Kentucky

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders battled to a virtual tie in Kentucky on Tuesday, further miring the Clinton campaign in a brutal primary fight while it also tries to turn its attention to another front — the general election battle against Republican Donald Trump. Published May 17, 2016

Even as she's still fending off a tough primary challenge from Sen. Bernard Sanders, Hillary Clinton this week has undertaken a coordinated effort to appeal to the groups of voters she'll need to capture the White House. The former first lady has targeted Hispanics, courted women, and tried to win over young voters. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton targets 'Obama coalition' for Donald Trump showdown

Hillary Clinton's prospects in November depend largely on pulling the famed "Obama coalition" back together for her showdown with Republican Donald Trump, and the Clinton campaign in recent days has taken explicit steps to court Hispanics, women, millennials and other key blocs of voters that propelled President Obama to victory in 2008. Published May 12, 2016

New polls find that voters find Republican front-runner Donald Trump far more trustworthy than likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although her favorability improves when she is in office rather than campaigning. (Associated Press)

Clinton distrust renews Democrats' pessimism about general election

From suspicion over the Clintons' Whitewater dealings to 2008 claims of having braved "sniper fire" in Bosnia to now, where she faces questions over her use of a secret email server to conduct business in the State Department, Hillary Clinton has earned a level of distrust that's almost unprecedented for a major political party presidential nominee. Published May 11, 2016

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Clinton slams Trump as dangerous families, women

As she laid out an ambitious plan to lower child care costs across the country, Hillary Clinton Tuesday painted presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump as dangerous for women and families, previewing a line of attack she's sure to ratchet up as the general election campaign begins in earnest. Published May 10, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finds herself in the unique position of being the party's presumptive nominee while continuing to lose primaries. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's failure to fend off Bernie Sanders delays party unification

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is intent on ignoring her nagging battle with Bernard Sanders and focusing on the looming general election, but that strategy is about to get much more difficult, with the Vermont senator poised to notch more big primary wins in coming weeks and complicate the former first lady's efforts to unify the party. Published May 8, 2016

Donald Trump breaks with Republicans on raising taxes, minimum wage

Just days before Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan meet to bridge differences and unify the Republican Party, the billionaire businessman again broke GOP economic orthodoxy and one of his most prominent and earliest supporters said she would work to oust Mr. Ryan from his post. Published May 8, 2016

A group of coal miners wave signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as they wait for a rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's coal flip-flop could prove costly in general election

Hillary Clinton's pitch to voters in Appalachia fell flat this week, and she is in real danger of losing the West Virginia primary to Sen. Bernard Sanders next week -- but analysts say the former first lady has deeper problems in coal country that could spill into the general election. Published May 5, 2016

Marcel Lehel Lazar, the computer hacker better known by the name "Guccifer," said Hillary Clinton's server was like an open book to him. (Associated Press)

Indiana loss requires Hillary Clinton to focus again on Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton has been the likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee for four years, yet she's still struggling to solidify herself -- and even upstart Republican Donald Trump has surpassed her, clearing away all 16 of his opponents in less than a year. Published May 4, 2016

Networks called Indiana for Sen. Bernard Sanders at 9:10 p.m. (Associated Press)

Surprise Indiana win vaults Bernie Sanders toward convention

Sen. Bernard Sanders captured a surprise win in the Indiana primary Tuesday, giving his campaign more fuel to fight until the Democratic National Convention in July and frustrating Hillary Clinton, who desperately wants to shift into general election mode. Published May 3, 2016