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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

Hillary Clinton waves from her motorcade vehicle as she arrives for a fundraiser at the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton ducks press and voters, hangs with celebrities at fundraisers

Hillary Clinton has spent more time with celebrities including Cher and Justin Timberlake than with voters over the past week, and her presidential campaign is embracing a low-profile strategy that is short on making real news and long on letting Donald Trump — and his penchant for creating controversy on an almost daily basis — have the limelight. Published August 23, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to media as she meets with law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary Clinton courts small business owners, entrepreneurs

Pushing back against the notion that Republican Donald Trump is the presidential race's only pro-business candidate, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday rolled out a series of proposals aimed at making it easier for Americans to open and grow their own small businesses. Published August 23, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and aide Huma Abedin, lower left on cell phone, step from Clinton's campaign plane as they arrive at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, Calif., Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, en route to a taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary Clinton's campaign steady despite honesty, email issues

The candidate herself may be bedeviled by scandal and deep doubts about her honesty, but Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign remains remarkably steady and has avoided the chaos and frequent shake-ups that have become a hallmark of her Republican opponent's operation. Published August 22, 2016

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. speaks at the International Ironworkers convention, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tim Kaine: Trump tax returns more important than Clinton Foundation donations

Sen. Tim Kaine on Monday morphed into full attack-dog mode, unleashing a torrent of criticism against Republican Donald Trump and demanding that the GOP presidential candidate release his tax returns, painting the issue as far more important than the ongoing scandal over Clinton Foundation donations. Published August 22, 2016

Analysts say Tim Kaine's bland yet steady approach, along with his decades of public service as a mayor, governor and now a senator, are proving an asset to the Clinton campaign. (Associated Press)

'Boring' Tim Kaine ensures focus stays on Hillary Clinton

One thing Sen. Tim Kaine doesn't bring to the Democratic ticket is an exciting stump speech or a knack for making news -- and analysts say that's exactly what Hillary Clinton needs in a vice presidential pick. Published August 18, 2016

Donald Trump continued to grab the lion's share of headlines with his political opponents saying his offhand comment that the "Second Amendment people" could stop Hillary Clinton appeared to be a veiled threat against her. (Associated Press)

Trump, Clinton sidetracked by new scandals as campaign veers off course

The presidential campaign veered far off course Wednesday as Donald Trump's political opponents called for him to be investigated over inciting violence against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton -- and Mrs. Clinton faced her own questions about corruption during her time in the State Department. Published August 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Crown Arena, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Clinton camp preying on Trump's fears of NFL conflicts

Just a few months after being accused of ducking primary debates with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Hillary Clinton now finds herself on the opposite side of the ledger, trying to pull a reluctant opponent onto the stage for the high-stakes fall forums. Published August 9, 2016

Recent polling has Donald Trump behind in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire and even solidly Republican Georgia. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's bluster may cost him several reliably red states

As he slides further down in the polls, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump must dramatically alter his campaign approach or he stands no chance of winning key battleground states like Ohio this fall, and he could even lose reliably red territory such as Arizona, top Republicans warned Sunday. Published August 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton continues say no classified mail passed through her account, once again contradicting the findings of FBI Director James B. Comey. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton stands by her email claims despite the evidence

Despite being thoroughly rebuked by fact-checkers and the FBI, Hillary Clinton continues to give her critics fresh ammunition by claiming she never sent or received any information marked classified in her private email account, keeping alive a controversy that's dogged her throughout her presidential bid. Published August 7, 2016