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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

Congress fails to pass energy bill

Continuing a decade of futility on the issue, House and Senate negotiators fell short yet again last week in crafting a comprehensive energy bill, and punted the issue to the next Congress and the incoming Trump administration. Published December 12, 2016

In this Thursday, March 10, 2016, photo, Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, gestures as he speaks during an interview in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ** FILE **

Donald Trump selects Scott Pruitt to head EPA

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday officially announced his plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Published December 8, 2016

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump to tap Scott Pruitt for EPA chief: Report

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report by Reuters. Published December 7, 2016

The Obama administration claimed more than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as new national monuments. The new monuments include the Berryessa Snow Mountain in California. (Image:

Lands activists urge Trump to revoke Obama's national monuments

Western lands activists are urging Donald Trump to test the limits of executive power by revoking millions of acres that President Obama set aside as national monuments, setting up a landmark legal battle over one of the nation's most frequently used environmental protections. Published November 24, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, an American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks. The move is unlikely to mean much for consumers or prices at the pump.  (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)

EPA hikes ethanol blend requirement in gasoline

Over the objections of many lawmakers who say the entire program has failed, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday hiked the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's gasoline supply next year. Published November 23, 2016

Obama undermines Trump with ambitious new climate change plan

President-elect Donald Trump says he'll abandon his predecessor's global climate change deal, but that didn't stop the Obama administration this week from rolling out a new, even more ambitious plan to cut U.S. emissions by 80 percent by 2050, undermining the incoming president on the world stage two months before his inauguration. Published November 17, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016, file photo, then=Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reaches to shake hands with Egunjobi Songofunmi during a meeting with students and educators before a speech on school choice at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) **FILE**

Donald Trump has little power to scrap Common Core

Donald Trump vowed to scrap Common Core if elected to the White House, but supporters and critics alike agree the incoming president has little, if any, power over the education standards that already are in place across the vast majority of states. Published November 16, 2016

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Associated Press) **FILE**

Martin O'Malley weighing run for DNC chair

Former Maryland Gov. and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Friday he's taking a "hard look" at running for Democratic National Committee chairman. Published November 11, 2016

Liberal lions Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Vermont independent who unsuccessfully vied with Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts promised to find common ground with President-elect Donald Trump. (Associated Press photographs)

Liberal leaders search for common ground with Donald Trump

Sens. Bernard Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the twin pillars of the liberal movement in Congress, said they're ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump to try to rebuild a frustrated working class that largely feels abandoned by the Democratic Party. Published November 10, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Bernie Sanders backs Keith Ellison for DNC chair, says party must remake itself

Saying it was a complete "embarrassment" for the Democratic Party to lose working-class voters to Republican Donald Trump, Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday called on the party to remake itself and said he'll back Rep. Keith Ellison as the next Democratic National Committee leader. Published November 10, 2016