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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 [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

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

An globelike tent hosting an exhibition on climate is set up in the courtyard of the French Environment Ministry. President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week. (Associated Press)

Obama power limited at Paris climate change summit COP 21

President Obama will head to a historic climate change summit in Paris next week with a fragile U.S. commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and analysts say the president is limited in terms of concrete promises and instead will act as little more than a "cheerleader" in the fight against global warming. Published November 25, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Nov. 19, 2015, about the meaning of "democratic socialism" and other topics. (Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders invokes FDR, MLK in passionate defense of socialism

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday made a passionate defense of democratic socialism and forcefully denied that his political platform is a radical one, instead casting it as the logical next step in establishing the kind of America envisioned by past leaders such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. Published November 19, 2015

For Murray Energy Corp. CEO Robert Murray, who fancies himself as one of President Obama's greatest enemies, the looming court case represents the best chance to stop what he and his employees routinely refer to as the "war on coal," a series of policies this administration has issued to crack down on energy that scientists say produces greenhouse gases. (Associated Press)

Lawsuit to stop 'war on coal' could derail Obama environmental agenda

Late in the afternoon of Nov. 12, Robert Murray got the news he had been waiting for -- a judge said his company's lawsuit to stop the Obama administration's central climate change policy would move forward, and ordered Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to sit for a deposition in the case. Published November 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton stops by to talk to Drake University students at debate watch party after a Democratic presidential primary debate, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton captures key union endorsement

Hillary Rodham Clinton captured a key endorsement Tuesday, garnering support from the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at a crucial moment in the 2016 presidential primary. Published November 17, 2015

A man holds his head in his hands as he lays flowers in front of the Carillon cafe, in Paris, Saturday, Nov.14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack Islamic State without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

For Democrats, Paris attacks put terrorism at forefront, may push climate change to backburner

Democrats increasingly have cited climate change as the top threat facing the world today -- even above the war against terrorism -- but Friday's deadly attacks in Paris surely will remind lawmakers and candidates of all stripes that the fight against radical Islamists is by no means over and represents a more immediate danger to people around the world. Published November 14, 2015

TransCanada argues that President Obama "intruded on Congress's power to regulate interstate and international commerce" and blatantly disregarded the will of the legislative branch. Congress last year passed a bill approving Keystone, but the president vetoed it. (Associated Press)

Obama angers Democrats' labor base with Keystone rejection, Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama's relationship with blue-collar unions has hit an all-time low, with several powerful labor groups ripping into the administration -- and the Democratic Party as a whole -- for its rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and its promotion of the highly controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Published November 8, 2015