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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

Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, speaks with U.S. Rep Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., at the 91st Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

Clinton picks up big endorsement from South Carolina's Clyburn

Eight days before the crucial South Carolina primary, Hillary Clinton on Friday nabbed the endorsement of the state's most prominent Democrat, giving her campaign a much-needed boost and potentially helping to hold off a surging Sen. Bernard Sanders. Published February 19, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on NBC's "Late Night," where host Jimmy Fallon makes him a regular butt of jokes. (Associated Press)

Late-night jokes killed Palin, but they pump up Trump

Donald Trump's foray into presidential politics has been a godsend for late-night TV comics, who have mocked the billionaire businessman three times more often than any other candidate on either side of the aisle in recent months. Published February 18, 2016

Analysts say Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders' unkempt hair and rumpled look give him legitimacy as a people's candidate. (Associated Press)

There's Trump and then there's frump -- and it's key to Bernie Sanders' appeal

For Sen. Bernard Sanders, the suit doesn't make the man -- but it helps make the message. Political analysts say the 74-year-old White House hopeful's political success can't solely be attributed to his clear, powerful anti-Wall Street message, which centers on themes of income inequality and an ascendant billionaire class that's crushing average families. Published February 16, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. bows his head during a prayer at a breakfast with faith leaders at Allen University, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Bernie Sanders: 'Religious people' must address climate change

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Tuesday morning made a direct appeal to evangelical voters in South Carolina, repeating his calls for universal health care and free college tuition while also arguing that "religious people" have a moral obligation to fight climate change. Published February 16, 2016

The anti-Hillary Clinton backlash was palpable at polling stations where independent voters, who are allowed to pick which party primary they vote in, said they chose to vote in the Democratic race in order to send a message. (Associated Press)

Anti-Clinton backlash palpable in New Hampshire

Independent voters dominate New Hampshire's electorate, and many of them seemed intent on trying to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Published February 9, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop at the Pinkerton Academy Stockbridge Theatre, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bernie Sanders adds momentum with New Hampshire primary win

Sen. Bernard Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, according to early results, adding even more momentum to the Vermont senator's run and again calling into question the Clinton campaign's ability to translate its unrivaled campaign machine into election victories. Published February 9, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton, still one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, has taken harsh shots at Bernard Sanders, saying, among other things, that the Vermont senator lives in a "hermetically sealed" fantasy land and has a platform full of wholly unrealistic policy proposals. (Associated Press)

Hillary unleashes Bill on Bernie as once-friendly primary turns ugly

Faced with the prospect of a crushing loss here in Tuesday's crucial primary election, and with a campaign that once again looks to be in disarray, Hillary Clinton this week is relying on her husband to make a series of increasingly heated attacks against rival Sen. Bernard Sanders. Published February 8, 2016

If the 2008 New Hampshire primary opened a window into a kinder, more emotional Hillary Clinton, this cycle has transformed her back into a ruthless political buzz saw, hammering Bernard Sanders in recent days and accusing the senator from Vermont of trying to "smear" her. (Associated Press)

Tears of 2008 a distant memory as Clinton gets combative in New Hampshire

Days before the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, a quaint cafe on the outskirts of this town witnessed the birth of the kinder, gentler Hillary Clinton — a persona that is now little more than a distant memory, as the former secretary of state embraces a more combative approach in her tooth-and-nail fight for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Published February 7, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2016 photo, Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt,  stand together before the start of the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C.  The Democratic presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders reached an agreement in principle on Saturday to hold another presidential debate next week in New Hampshire and three more later this spring.  (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Clinton to Sanders: 'Enough false innuendos' on Social Security

EXETER, N.H. -- Hillary Clinton this weekend promised that she won't cut Social Security benefits if elected president, caving to pressure from liberal activists while also accusing primary rival Sen. Bernard Sanders of using "false innuendos" to scare Democratic voters. Published February 6, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday night slammed presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton's judgment on foreign policy, conceding she has more experience in global affairs but has consistently made the wrong decisions. (Associated Press)

Sanders slams Clinton's foreign policy judgment

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday night slammed presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton's judgment on foreign policy, conceding she has more experience in global affairs but has consistently made the wrong decisions. Published February 4, 2016

At the last Democratic debate before New Hampshire voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign is based on the "artful smear" of trying to convince Democrats she isn't a true progressive. (Associated Press)

Clinton comes out swinging against Sanders, decries 'smear' campaign

Hillary Clinton launched the most aggressive attacks against Sen. Bernard Sanders so far in the campaign on Thursday night and accused her Democratic presidential primary rival of running an underhanded campaign based on "innuendo" and "insinuation" and trying to "smear" her record. Published February 4, 2016