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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

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is working with President Obama as part of a "core group" on climate policy. Publicy, he opposes many environmental regulations. (Associated Press)

Obama's green pressure tactics exposed: Governors, climate activists help sell agenda

The Obama administration, top climate change crusaders and governors from across the country have engaged in a highly coordinated effort to publicly sell the president's green agenda and put private pressure on opponents, according to newly released emails and other records obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Published August 31, 2015

In this 2013 photo provided by the University of Puget Sound, Kathryn Ginsberg collects wastewater that will be tested for trace levels of pharmaceutical drugs from a sewer near Tacoma, Wash. (Ross Mulhausen/University of Puget Sound via Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA cracks down on pharmaceutical waste

The Obama administration said Monday it will dramatically limit the flushing of pharmaceutical waste at hospitals and other health-care facilities as part of a larger effort to improve water quality across the country. Published August 31, 2015

White House walks back Obama's 'crazies' comment

The White House on Tuesday walked back President Obama's remarks at a Las Vegas fundraiser that he'll have to deal with the "crazies" during his last 16 months in office. Published August 25, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid wave onstage at the National Clean Energy Summit, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Obama blasts 'crazies' in Republican party

President Obama on Monday night said he and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid must "deal with the crazies" on a host of issues over the next 16 months, before both men leave their respective offices and "ride into the sunset." Published August 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attracted a crowd of 30,000 at a campaign rally in Mobile, Alabama. (AP Photo)

Donald Trump shapes Republican debate, makes rivals vice presidential prospects

With his popularity soaring after a weekend rally that drew more than 30,000 supporters, Donald Trump on Sunday took aim at President Obama, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and his own party rivals as he continued his unlikely ride atop the Republican presidential field. Published August 23, 2015

With former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton facing tough questions and government oversight inquiries about her private email server, Vice President Joseph R. Biden may well enter the 2016 Democratic presidential race. (Associated Press)

Joe Biden is 'expanding' beyond inner circle on potential run, top aide says

As the scandal surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails intensifies, Vice President Joseph R. Biden is quietly laying the groundwork for a possible White House bid, courting key progressives and expanding his circle of advisers and potential supporters. Published August 23, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign last month announced that it would seek to be carbon neutral. But the campaign did not respond to requests for comment on how it would achieve that goal and whether it has begun buying carbon offsets. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

2016 Democrats tough on climate change, silent on own carbon footprints

The Democratic presidential field is backing a tough crackdown on Americans' greenhouse gas emissions, but their campaigns have clammed up when asked what steps they're taking personally to reduce their own carbon footprint as they jet across the country seeking votes. Published August 20, 2015

President Obama speaks Aug. 5, 2015, at American University in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA to limit emissions from oil, gas drilling sites

President Obama on Tuesday took yet another step in his ambitious climate-change agenda, hitting the oil and gas industry with a set of unprecedented regulations aimed at limiting methane emissions. Published August 18, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks during the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic rivals go easy on Hillary Clinton over email scandal

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday dismissed the controversy swirling around Hillary Clinton's private email server, saying he'll instead focus on key issues such as the economy and college affordability. Published August 13, 2015