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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. 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

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who was the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee but took a pass on this year's presidential contest, said Republican infighting plays into the hands of President Obama, who exploits those fights to pursue his own agenda. (Associated Press)

Speaker Paul Ryan pitches grand 2016 vision that's short on details

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday his troops will offer voters a clear, conservative agenda before they vote in November, though he failed to outline concrete goals for 2016 after a three-day retreat in Baltimore that's been dominated by talk of the raucous GOP nominating race for president. Published January 15, 2016

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