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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 July 8, 2013, file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press, File)

U.S., Canada beef up rail car safety

In response to a rash of recent crashes, U.S. and Canadian officials Friday announced new safety standards for rail cars transporting flammable liquids, including crude oil. Published May 1, 2015

Some of Mr. Obama's most ardent supporters say they simply cannot go along with the administration's increasingly ambitious program to combat global warming. (Associated Press)

Blacks, Hispanics reject Obama climate change agenda over concerns about poor

The very same voters who helped put Barack Obama in the White House increasingly are turning against the president's climate change agenda, with influential black and Hispanic leaders warning that stiff regulations to limit carbon emissions will have a devastating effect on the poor and will further stifle economic opportunity for minorities. Published April 30, 2015

Obama rips House Republicans' budget bills over spending limits

With House Republicans set to move two key appropriations bills this week, the White House has come out swinging with a public relations offensive picking apart the Republican budget line by line — an indication that President Obama will take a tougher stance on spending this time and could be cracking the door to another government shutdown fight. Published April 27, 2015

President Obama's job approval rating of 46.4 percent puts him in the company of President Reagan, whose approval rating also hovered around 46 percent at the same point in his presidency. (Associated Press)

Obama equals Ronald Reagan popularity as economy, gas prices boost job approval

President Obama has reached Reagan-like levels of popularity in the twilight of his tenure, but analysts say his bounce can be attributed largely to the fact that he is fading into the political background as the next presidential race kicks into high gear and as Congress claims a surprising number of concrete legislative accomplishments. Published April 26, 2015

President Obama pauses as he speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a Champions of Change event highlighting issues important to working families. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Obama picks a fight with Florida Republicans on climate change

As he heads to the Everglades to mark Earth Day, President Obama is picking a fight with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on climate change — part of a broader White House effort to use the issue to help Democrats and hurt Republicans ahead of the 2016 elections. Published April 22, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington in this March 23, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

White House ignores Clinton Foundation questions

The White House on Monday refused to even acknowledge accusations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received preferential treatment from the Obama administration while Hillary Rodham Clinton ran the State Department. Published April 20, 2015

Islamic State militants raise their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

Administration sees wins in terror fight despite spread of militants

Despite deadly incidents in Libya and Afghanistan over the weekend, the White House said Monday it is "difficult to assess" whether the Islamic State terrorist group has moved beyond Iraq and Syria and now is operating in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Published April 20, 2015