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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 bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about Ferguson, Mo., before speaking at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama says Ferguson looters and lawbreakers should be prosecuted

After his appeals largely were disregarded Monday night, President Obama on Tuesday again pleaded for calm and restraint in Ferguson, Mo., and across the country — but this time he also had a warning for those who have resorted to violence, saying looters and anyone else who breaks the law should be prosecuted. Published November 25, 2014

Shan Zhao, owner of On On Cop Suey restaurant, looks at his business while cleaning up Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. after it was damaged in overnight protests following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (Associated Press)

Obama demands prosecution of Ferguson looters, hints at racial hiring changes for cops

While black leaders relentlessly questioned the fairness of the Ferguson grand jury proceedings, President Obama on Tuesday demanded the prosecution of the violent looters who trashed the city and set the stage for a national debate on criminal justice reform and even possible race-based hiring changes at police departments. Published November 25, 2014

President Barack Obama, left, listens as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, talks about his resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Grim public departure as Hagel, Obama announce resignation at White House

President Obama on Monday accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, creating a vacancy at the Pentagon at a time when the U.S. is battling the Islamic State in the Middle East, dealing with a shrinking budget at the Defense Department and grappling with a number of other foreign-policy challenges and international crises. Published November 24, 2014

Obama pays tribute to the late Marion Barry

President Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the late Marion Barry, saying the former Washington, D.C., mayor and councilman made a mark fighting against poverty and spearheading other initiatives that earned him the respect of his city. Published November 23, 2014

(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Obama: Marion Barry 'earned the love and respect' of his city

President Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the late Marion Barry, saying the former Washington, D.C., mayor and councilman made a mark fighting against poverty and spearheading other initiatives that earned him the respect of his city. Published November 23, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about immigration, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. The president unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation, setting off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Americans will want 'that new car smell' in 2016

President Obama this weekend gave a nod to the fact that many Americans will be sick of him by 2016, saying voters understandably will want "that new car smell" in their next batch of White House candidates. Published November 23, 2014

For 2016, progressives favor Warren to Clinton almost 2-to-1: poll

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is by far the most popular would-be presidential candidate among progressives in the Democratic party, boasting a nearly two-to-one advantage over presumed frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton, a new poll shows. Published November 20, 2014

The re-election bid of Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is likely doomed after Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Ms. Landrieu was already struggling to unify her party and eat into Republican support, and the pipeline, which she set up as a test of her leadership, backfired. (Associated Press)

Senate Democrats stiff Mary Landrieu on Keystone XL pipeline; green lobby wins

Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, in a vote that reverberated from Louisiana, where a key senator's career is now likely doomed, to the broader national Democratic Party, where environmentalists have emerged triumphant in a divisive internal battle with labor unions. Published November 18, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking during his and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves's news conference at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Wednesday's statement came as U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Estonia in a show of solidarity with NATO allies who fear they could be the next target of Russia's aggression. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) **FILE**

White House taunts GOP on climate change: 'I don't believe they can stop us'

The White House on Monday essentially dared Republicans to try and stop President Obama's climate-change agenda, with officials bragging that even after the GOP takes control of the Senate in January, there is nothing that can be done to stop a host of controversial new actions. Published November 17, 2014

Mitt Romney appears before the inaugural Israeli American Council National Conference in Washington on Friday, November 7. (Israeli American Council)

Mitt Romney: U.S. must be open to ground troops to fight Islamic State

Mitt Romney said Sunday he doesn't want to see U.S. ground troops join the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate argued that option cannot be ruled out. Published November 16, 2014

In this photo released by G20 Australia and taken on Saturday Nov. 15, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama, right,  and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott hold koalas during a photo opportunity on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.  (AP Photo/G20 Australia, Andrew Taylor )

Koalas steal the show at G20 summit

At the G20 summit in Australia this weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed with other world leaders over Moscow's aggression against Ukraine — but Mr. Putin and his counterparts seemed to bond over the cuteness of Koala bears. Published November 16, 2014