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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

This campaign message for Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders could easily be mistaken for one of Republican candidate Donald Trump. (Associated Press/File)

Trump, Sanders try to steal each other's voters motivated more by emotion than ideology

For both Sen. Bernard Sanders and Donald Trump, striking an emotional chord with voters has proved more effective than formulating concrete policy proposals, and the two presidential hopefuls this week mounted public campaigns to steal the other's supporters by more effectively tapping into deep feelings of resentment toward Washington and Wall Street. Published December 29, 2015

Rock fan and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has his own band, Capitol Offense, in which the former Arkansas governor plays bass. Fellow 2016 hopeful Martin O'Malley also has a band. (Associated Press)

Candidates hope to capture some of Clinton musical magic from 1992

More than two decades after Bill Clinton donned a pair of shades, busted out a saxophone and rode a memorable late-night performance of "Heartbreak Hotel" to the White House, other presidential hopefuls have tried — and struggled — to score a repeat. Published December 28, 2015

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