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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

FILE - This May 30, 1997, file photo, shows the varied terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Boulder, Utah. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday, April 26, 2017, directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands, as he singled out "a massive federal land grab" by the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

Interior Dept names 26 monuments under review

Following through on an executive order signed by President Trump last week, the Interior Department on Friday released a list of the 21 national monuments and five marine monuments now under federal review. Published May 5, 2017

FILE - In this May 1, 2009 file photo, a crew member arrives by boat at the offshore oil drilling platform "Gail", operated by Venoco, Inc., off the coast near Santa Barbara, Calif. Leaders in the California Senate say they are introducing legislation to thwart President Donald Trump's attempts to expand offshore drilling through an executive order he signed Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Environmentalist groups file lawsuit against drilling plan

A coalition of the nation's most powerful environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop President Trump's plan to open up new areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans to offshore drilling. Published May 3, 2017

Thousands of people demonstrate against President Trump's environmental policies as he considers whether to leave the Paris climate accord. (Associated Press/File)

Trump hears multiple reasons to leave Paris climate accord, few to remain

With President Trump's decision just days away, the Paris climate accord appears to be in jeopardy as officials inside the White House and powerful conservatives outside government capture momentum by seizing on thorny legal questions that would arise from keeping the deal while the administration simultaneously guts the regulations needed to help the U.S. meet its promise. Published May 3, 2017

In this April 17, 2015, file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific.  (Daniella Beccaria/ via AP, File)

Trump moves to reverse Obama limits on offshore drilling

President Trump on Friday will begin to reverse his predecessor's limits on new offshore drilling, potentially opening up vast new areas in the Outer Continental Shelf for oil-and-gas exploration. Published April 27, 2017