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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

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

Democratic National Committee chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks at a press conference promoting the endorsement of David Wecht, Kevin Dougherty, and Christine Donohue for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and Heather Arnet for State Senate, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ** 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

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rails at the "Washington-to-Wall-Street axis of power." (Associated Press/File)

Huckabee says Trump plays to "seething rage" in GOP, has own hope for Iowa

As he struggles to gain traction in the polls, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday took direct shots at his Republican presidential primary rivals -- and the media outlets that cover them -- while insisting he still has a chance to win the crucial Iowa caucuses. Published December 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump addresses supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Liberal activist group urges MSNBC, CNN to stop covering Trump

The liberal activist group CREDO Action on Tuesday called on MSNBC and CNN to stop giving Donald Trump so much airtime, claiming the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner is conducting a "racist and Islamophobic campaign" with the aid of cable television. Published December 22, 2015

Obama makes threats, but can't close Guantanamo through executive action

Leaders in Congress and the U.S. attorney general say President Obama simply doesn't have legal authority to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility through executive action, but that fact didn't stop a supremely confident president last week from threatening to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate. Published December 20, 2015

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP will come around on climate change, Obama predicts

President Obama predicted Friday that Republicans eventually will come around and embrace his climate-change agenda, despite GOP opposition to global-warming action being as strong as it has ever been. Published December 18, 2015