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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

A South Korean military vehicle crosses Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals. The barricade reads: "Vehicles disapproved." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Pentagon stands firm: No talk of scaling back U.S.-South Korean military drills

Despite threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to cancel a planned summit with President Trump set for next month, the Pentagon on Thursday insisted there's absolutely no discussion of scaling back the joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that have put that landmark meeting in jeopardy. Published May 17, 2018

This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Since 2002, U.S. has spent $2.8 trillion to fight terrorism: Report

Over a 15-year period after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. spent a whopping $2.8 trillion on counterterrorism efforts, a leading Washington think tank said Wednesday in a study that sheds new light on the true extent of American government spending to fight terror. Published May 16, 2018

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. McCain, who graduated from the Academy in 1958, returned to his alma mater to address the Brigade of Midshipmen on leadership and service to the nation. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Lindsey Graham wants White House to apologize for John McCain remark

A White House aide's remark last week that Sen. John McCain's political positions don't matter because he's near death was "disgusting" and the White House should issue an apology, Sen. Lindsey Graham told CBS News in an interview that aired Sunday morning. Published May 13, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea stands on the precipice of wild economic growth the likes of which it has never seen. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. promises economic boom in exchange for North Korea's denuclearization

Top White House officials on Sunday delivered an ambitious promise to North Korea: Give up your nuclear weapons program and the U.S. will open the door to economic prosperity rivaling that of any other nation in the region, laying out in clear terms the benefits the reclusive nation stands to reap as dictator Kim Jong-un prepares for a historic, high-stakes summit with President Trump next month. Published May 13, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt leaves a "National Day of Prayer" event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Trump: I still have confidence in EPA's Scott Pruitt

President Trump said Friday he still has confidence in embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, telling reporters he's standing by the agency chief despite a rash of negative headlines and internal investigations. Published May 11, 2018

Patrick Morrisey heading into the Fox News GOP debate on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Morgantown, W. Va. (William Wotring/The Dominion-Post via AP) ** FILE **

GOP leadership avoids potential disaster as Patrick Morrisey prevails in West Virginia

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey came out on top of the state's Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, edging out U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and soundly defeating ex-convict and former coal company CEO Don Blankenship -- welcome news for GOP leaders in Washington who actively tried to stop Mr. Blankenship's momentum during the final days of the campaign. Published May 8, 2018

Trump slams West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Blankenship

With Don Blankenship mounting a last-minute surge, President Trump waded into the GOP Senate primary in West Virginia on Monday, stating flatly that the ex-convict "can't win" in November and would blow the party's chances of picking off vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. Published May 7, 2018

The contentious forum, which was hosted by Fox News, quickly became nasty. The three candidates traded insults and barbs throughout the primary debate in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Jenkins slams Morrisey for representing 'pill pushers' in West Virginia debate

Insults and accusations flew Tuesday night as the three top Republicans seeking their party's nomination for Senate in West Virginia took to the stage in the final primary debate, with each seeking to lay claim to the "true conservative" title and all distancing themselves from Washington establishment figures, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Published May 1, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arrives to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Knives out for Scott Pruitt as EPA chief appears before Congress

After weeks of bad headlines and ethical controversies, a defiant EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday appeared before lawmakers and weathered blistering calls to resign, arguing that he's the victim of a media-driven witch hunt designed to halt President Trump's deregulatory agenda. Published April 26, 2018

Former Massey CEO and West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship said during Monday's primary debate that the Upper Big Brranch mine explosion of 2012 was the result of federal regulators and voters will learn the truth. (Associated Press)

West Virginia Republican Senate candidates direct their fire at Joe Manchin

The six Republicans vying to defeat Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia tried to outdo each other Monday night in clinging to President Trump, pitching themselves to voters in the deep-red state as the candidate best able to make the president's agenda a reality. Published April 23, 2018