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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

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

2016 Democrats lavish praise on Obama; Clinton fundraises off speech

Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday night lauded President Obama as he delivered his final State of the Union address, making the case that the progress seen over the last seven years would be undone if a Republican takes the White House. Published January 12, 2016

President Obama will use his final State of the Union address to map out his legacy, but those who want to succeed him will draw lines. (Associated Press)

Obama's last State of the Union will lay out path for his legacy

With little chance of getting what he wants from Congress this year, President Obama plans to use his final State of the Union address Tuesday to try to set the agenda for his successor, insisting that if he can't win now, he will demand that voters keep it in mind as they select the next president. Published January 10, 2016

TransCanada argues that President Obama "intruded on Congress's power to regulate interstate and international commerce" and blatantly disregarded the will of the legislative branch. Congress last year passed a bill approving Keystone, but the president vetoed it. (Associated Press)

TransCanada sues Obama administration over Keystone pipeline rejection

TransCanada on Wednesday accused President Obama in a federal lawsuit of exceeding his constitutional authority when rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and, in a separate challenge, said the White House violated a historic trade agreement, igniting an election-year battle over a project that most considered dead -- at least until the next president takes office in one year. Published January 6, 2016

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chair (Associated Press) **FILE**

DNC pressed to remove Wasserman Schultz amid Clinton favoritism charges

Amid charges that she is blatantly tipping the presidential primary scales in favor of Hillary Clinton, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is coming under fire from progressives who want her removed from her post immediately. Published January 5, 2016

This campaign message for Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders could easily be mistaken for one of Republican candidate Donald Trump. (Associated Press/File)

Trump, Sanders try to steal each other's voters motivated more by emotion than ideology

For both Sen. Bernard Sanders and Donald Trump, striking an emotional chord with voters has proved more effective than formulating concrete policy proposals, and the two presidential hopefuls this week mounted public campaigns to steal the other's supporters by more effectively tapping into deep feelings of resentment toward Washington and Wall Street. Published December 29, 2015

Rock fan and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has his own band, Capitol Offense, in which the former Arkansas governor plays bass. Fellow 2016 hopeful Martin O'Malley also has a band. (Associated Press)

Candidates hope to capture some of Clinton musical magic from 1992

More than two decades after Bill Clinton donned a pair of shades, busted out a saxophone and rode a memorable late-night performance of "Heartbreak Hotel" to the White House, other presidential hopefuls have tried — and struggled — to score a repeat. Published December 28, 2015