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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

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, soldiers assigned to 6th Engineer Battalion use snow shoes during Arctic Light Individual Training on the Bulldog Trail in sub-zero conditions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. ALIT is the United States Army Alaska's Cold Weather Indoctrination program. It gives all soldiers, regardless of their job, the foundation to successfully work, train, and go to war in some of the harshest environments in the world. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Justin Connaher)

Obama forcing military to measure Arctic ice levels

Though stretched thin by the aftermath of two wars and the current fight against the Islamic State, the Obama administration has enlisted the Pentagon to measure the shrinking ice in the Arctic in the latest example of the president's climate agenda being extended to the military. Published June 22, 2015

Pope Francis wrote an encyclical this week saying that the use of fossil fuels is leading to an increase in worldwide global warming, which came as welcome news for President Obama and the environmental movement, however, Catholic politicians, especially Democrats, are left to walk a tight line on how to reconcile the pontiff's proclamations with voters. (associated press)

GOP says pope's climate stance is anti-business

Pope Francis' stunning encyclical calling for a massive upheaval of the world economy to combat global warming provided fuel for President Obama and climate change activists but posed a tougher challenge for Catholic politicians who were left to grapple with the pontiff's stern call to arms. Published June 18, 2015

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Hillary Clinton, campaign under fire for not taking stand on trade debate

Hillary Rodham Clinton is under fire from all sides for refusing to take a stand in the trade debate that is consuming Washington, and her top campaign hands brushed aside or flat-out ignored questions on the topic during several high-profile media interviews Sunday. Published June 14, 2015

Besides trying to salvage the crucial trade deal, Mr. Obama is awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court that could unravel Obamacare, and he is racing against a June 30 deadline to reach a deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. (Associated Press)

Obama fights for Asia trade deal with relevance hanging in the balance

If President Obama somehow persuades dozens of Democratic lawmakers to change their minds by Tuesday night and vote with him on a second attempt to pass trade legislation, he will rescue an agreement that is designed to be the centerpiece of his foreign policy shift toward Asia. Published June 14, 2015

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT YEAR - Democratic presidential hopeful, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks during a campaign house party, Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Sioux City, Iowa.  (Justin Wan/The Sioux City Journal via AP)

Hillary ducks trade deal, 'we'll see' if she takes a position

One of Hillary Rodham Clinton's top political advisers said Sunday she doesn't know if the Democratic presidential front-runner will weigh in on the fast-track trade authority debate that is still consuming Washington. Published June 14, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, hugs her husband former President Bill Clinton after speaking to supporters Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bill Clinton on Republican presidential field: 'They're no dummies'

Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday cautioned against underestimating the current GOP presidential field and said he believes that power brokers within the party ultimately will settle on one candidate they believe has the best chance to win. Published June 14, 2015

President Obama speaks in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House spins trade defeat as 'good sign'

The White House on Friday tried to spin the resounding defeat of President Obama's trade agenda in the House as a "good sign" and pledged not to give up the fight. Published June 12, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

White House makes last-ditch push on trade bill

President Obama and other top White House officials are in regular communication with leaders on Capitol Hill as the administration makes a last-ditch attempt to push controversial trade legislation past the finish line. Published June 11, 2015

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base from a trip to the G-7 summit in Germany, on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EPA expands reach, targets greenhouse-gas emissions from aircraft

The Obama administration declared Wednesday that airplanes are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to expand its reach to yet another sector of the economy as the president seeks to cement his legacy on climate change. Published June 10, 2015

Claire Harrison, of Alpharetta, Ga., protests the Environmental Protection Agency during a July 29, 2014, rally in Atlanta in response to an EPA hearing on tougher pollution restrictions. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court tosses challenge to EPA carbon rules

A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's controversial plan to limit carbon emissions on existing power plants, paving the way for the rules to go into effect before the president leaves office. Published June 9, 2015