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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers energy and the environment for The Washington Times. He covered Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in 2016, and prior to that spent two years as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Before coming to The Times in 2011, Ben worked as political reporter at The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

A group of coal miners wave signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as they wait for a rally in Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's coal flip-flop could prove costly in general election

Hillary Clinton's pitch to voters in Appalachia fell flat this week, and she is in real danger of losing the West Virginia primary to Sen. Bernard Sanders next week -- but analysts say the former first lady has deeper problems in coal country that could spill into the general election. Published May 5, 2016

Marcel Lehel Lazar, the computer hacker better known by the name "Guccifer," said Hillary Clinton's server was like an open book to him. (Associated Press)

Indiana loss requires Hillary Clinton to focus again on Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton has been the likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee for four years, yet she's still struggling to solidify herself -- and even upstart Republican Donald Trump has surpassed her, clearing away all 16 of his opponents in less than a year. Published May 4, 2016

Networks called Indiana for Sen. Bernard Sanders at 9:10 p.m. (Associated Press)

Surprise Indiana win vaults Bernie Sanders toward convention

Sen. Bernard Sanders captured a surprise win in the Indiana primary Tuesday, giving his campaign more fuel to fight until the Democratic National Convention in July and frustrating Hillary Clinton, who desperately wants to shift into general election mode. Published May 3, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to steelworkers in Ashland, Ky., Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders look past Indiana primary

Both of the Democratic Party's presidential candidates seem to be looking past the Hoosier State's Tuesday primary, with Sen. Bernard Sanders now focused on a strategy of wooing superdelegates to his side and Hillary Clinton making an all-out push in Appalachia to pull blue-collar, working-class voters into her camp. Published May 2, 2016

An FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server is ongoing. (Associated Press)

Trump sure to exploit Clinton scandals that Sanders ignored

Hillary Clinton so far has been able to skate through the Democratic presidential primary without having to truly confront what ultimately may be her biggest hurdles to the White House: numerous scandals and controversies that have taken a back seat in her tooth-and-nail fight with Sen. Bernard Sanders. Published May 1, 2016

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