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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

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rails at the "Washington-to-Wall-Street axis of power." (Associated Press/File)

Huckabee says Trump plays to "seething rage" in GOP, has own hope for Iowa

As he struggles to gain traction in the polls, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday took direct shots at his Republican presidential primary rivals -- and the media outlets that cover them -- while insisting he still has a chance to win the crucial Iowa caucuses. Published December 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump addresses supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Liberal activist group urges MSNBC, CNN to stop covering Trump

The liberal activist group CREDO Action on Tuesday called on MSNBC and CNN to stop giving Donald Trump so much airtime, claiming the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner is conducting a "racist and Islamophobic campaign" with the aid of cable television. Published December 22, 2015

Obama makes threats, but can't close Guantanamo through executive action

Leaders in Congress and the U.S. attorney general say President Obama simply doesn't have legal authority to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility through executive action, but that fact didn't stop a supremely confident president last week from threatening to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate. Published December 20, 2015

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP will come around on climate change, Obama predicts

President Obama predicted Friday that Republicans eventually will come around and embrace his climate-change agenda, despite GOP opposition to global-warming action being as strong as it has ever been. Published December 18, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama boasts 'I've never been more optimistic' about enacting my agenda

A supremely confident President Obama said Friday he's "never been more optimistic about a year ahead" than he is right now, and he made the case that 2016 could be a landmark year in which he is able to enact even more of his agenda before leaving office. Published December 18, 2015

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, left, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin O'Malley talk the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic party boots N.H. station from debate amid labor dispute

Saying it must stand up for the right of workers to organize, the Democratic National Committee on Friday said it will no longer include New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR as a co-sponsor in next week's Democratic presidential primary debate. Published December 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton's campaign didn't respond to requests for comment about George Kaiser and the fundraiser, but her website lists it as a two-hour affair. Guests are requested to give the $2,700 maximum donation in exchange for a "photo with Hillary." (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's billionaire fundraiser host got sweet deal in Solyndra collapse

Hillary Clinton's claim that she is not beholden to her wealthy donors will come under renewed scrutiny Friday when the Democratic front-runner raises fresh cash for her presidential bid at the home of George Kaiser, a billionaire whose firm was the biggest investor in the troubled Solyndra stimulus project -- and who managed to walk away with a lucrative profit at the expense of taxpayers. Published December 10, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has made climate change one of the top issues of his campaign, as have the other Democratic candidates. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton fixate on climate as terror dominates

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidates have proclaimed climate change to be one of, if not the, greatest threat facing the U.S. today, and the White House hopefuls reasserted that belief this week even as much of the nation focused exclusively on radical Islamic terrorism. Published December 9, 2015

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, left, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin O'Malley talk the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democrats struggle with growing Black Lives Matter movement, campaigns acknowledge

All three Democrats seeking the White House next year fumbled when confronted by the Black Lives Matter movement this year, their campaigns acknowledged Thursday, but top aides to Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernard Sanders each argued that their candidates have learned valuable lessons from their mistakes. Published December 3, 2015

President Barack Obama jokes with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and EPA staff members who worked on the power plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama's EPA ignores congressional mandate for ethanol in gasoline

The Obama administration backed off its so-called ethanol mandate Monday, dealing a blow to President Obama's promise of a green energy revolution just as he and other world leaders opened a new round of historic climate change talks in Paris. Published November 30, 2015