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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

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a United Steel Workers Local 1999 rally in Indianapolis, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Bernie Sanders ends lawsuit against DNC over voter data breach

While both sides continue to blame the other, Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign on Friday withdrew a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, ending a monthslong controversy over unauthorized access to voter data files that had driven a wedge between the Vermont senator and party leadership. Published April 29, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a rally at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Bernie Sanders closes door on independent bid, winds down campaign

Sen. Bernard Sanders slammed the door on an independent run for president Wednesday and began to wind down his campaign team, vowing to "work seven days a week" and "knock my brains out" to elect rival Hillary Clinton if his own White House bid fails. Published April 27, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at her presidential primary election night rally, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

'Deal me in:' Clinton welcomes Trump's 'woman card' attack

Fresh off big wins in Pennsylvania, Maryland and elsewhere Tuesday, Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump's claim that she's using the "woman card" as a central part of her campaign strategy, welcoming the label and saying it underscores her strong positions on women's rights. Published April 27, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has softened her attacks on primary opponent Sen. Bernard Sanders and is training her fire on her GOP rivals. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton softens attacks on Bernie Sanders, trains fire on GOP rivals

Eyeing several big wins in key Northeastern state primaries on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton now finds herself walking the delicate political tightrope between gently courting Sen. Bernard Sanders' progressive supporters for her general election bid while also trying to elbow the Vermont senator out of the race. Published April 25, 2016

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has seen her poll numbers drop pricitously when it comes to theoretical matchups with fellow Democratic contender Sen. Bernard Sanders and against GOP opponents such as Donald Trump and John Kasich. (Associated press)

Hillary Clinton's poll numbers continue fall among voters

Time has not been kind to Hillary Clinton, polls show, as the former first lady has watched her favorability ratings drop dramatically over the past year and her performance in hypothetical November matchups with leading Republicans deteriorate. Published April 24, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernard Sanders was forced to change strategy after a crushing loss in New York and with the prospect of a string of losses in next week's slate of primaries, likely dooming his chances of winning the nomination outright. (Times & Tribune via Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders looks to woo unbound superdelegates he once blasted

After railing against the influence of superdelegates, Sen. Bernard Sanders has changed tactics and is now counting on those very members of the Democratic establishment to deliver him a victory at this summer's presidential nominating convention. Published April 21, 2016

The New York win puts Hillary Clinton back in the driver's seat heading toward the April 26 slate of Northeastern contests in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware. (Associated Press)

Clinton scores dominant win in N.Y.

Hillary Clinton cruised to victory in the New York primary Tuesday night, securing the dominant win she needed to halt Sen. Bernard Sanders' momentum and tighten her grip on the Democratic presidential nomination. Published April 19, 2016

While far more newspaper editorial boards are endorsing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernard Sanders, it is unlikely to give Mrs. Clinton a viable boost as polls show the public distrusts media outlets more than ever before. (Associated Press)

More newspapers endorsing Clinton over rival Sanders

Sen. Bernard Sanders has been virtually shut out by leading American newspapers as the media lines up en masse behind Hillary Clinton, showering the former first lady with glowing endorsements while decrying her opponent's proposals as unrealistic at best. Published April 18, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders has largely been a "reliable supporter of the NRA" during his 25 years in Congress, Hillary Clinton said at a Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn. (Associated Press)

Clinton blasts 'supporter of the NRA' Sanders on gun control

Hillary Clinton launched a blistering assault against Sen. Bernard Sanders Thursday night on gun control, casting the Vermont senator as a "reliable supporter of the NRA" and saying he's failed on several occasions to hold the gun industry accountable." Published April 14, 2016

"When this campaign began, I said that we've got to end the starvation minimum wage of $7 and a quarter, raise it to $15," Sen. Bernard Sanders said at a Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn. "Secretary Clinton said, 'Raise it to $12.' There's a difference. What has happened is history has outpaced Secretary Clinton because all over this country people are standing up and saying $12 is not good enough." (Associated Press)

Sanders mocks Clinton's position on $15 minimum wage

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday night mocked Hillary Clinton's claim that she now supports a $15 minimum wage, calling her position confusing and charging that she's merely trying to score political points with progressive voters. Published April 14, 2016

"We worked hard to keep New York values at the center of who we are and what we do together," Hillary Clinton said. "That is exactly what I want to do as your president. We will celebrate our diversity. We will work together, bringing us back to being united, setting some big, bold progressive goals for America. That's what I'm offering this campaign." (Associated Press)

Clinton dings Cruz, touts her 'New York values'

Sen. Hillary Clinton on Thursday night touted her "New York values" -- a not-so-subtle shot at Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has used the phrase in a derogatory manner to describe liberals and their positions on social issues. Published April 14, 2016