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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.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd after he speaks, during Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in  Washington, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Joe Biden clings to Obama record, boasts that he 'administered' stimulus package

As he ponders a White House run in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Thursday clung to President Obama's record on everything from health care to the auto industry bailout, boasting that he single-handedly "administered" the administration's $800 billion stimulus package and even calling it the most "competently run program" in American history. Published October 8, 2015

President Obama speaks to a group of state legislators in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in part of the White House complex in Washington on Sept. 30, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama threatens to veto bill allowing U.S. oil exports

President Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto a House bill that would end the nation's 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open international markets to abundant American fuel. Published October 7, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy attends a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

EPA blocking legal challenges to power-plant regulations, 14 states charge

A coalition of 14 states charged Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is holding up legal reviews of highly controversial restrictions on carbon pollution, essentially leaving states powerless as the climate-change rules move closer to implementation. Published October 7, 2015

President Obama speaks about the Oregon shootings and his agenda for gun control.

Businesses hear Obama's pitch on TPP

President Obama has launched what promises to be a monthslong public relations push to get skeptical lawmakers on board with a controversial trade deal between the U.S. and Pacific nations, and he used a brief speech at the Agriculture Department Tuesday to recruit top business leaders to help promote the landmark agreement. Published October 6, 2015

Max Schrems, left, and his lawyer Herwig Hofmann, right, walk in the hallway at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Europe's highest court has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU voids data-sharing deal for U.S. firms

Europe's top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers isn't adequately protected because of government spying, a giant blow to companies such as Facebook and Google that had relied on a 15-year-old data-sharing agreement with the European Union and now may be forced to change the way they handle private data and user records. Published October 6, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary's University.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House searches for 'single-issue voters' on gun rights

The Obama administration wants voters across the country to only weigh gun rights and gun-safety legislation when considering who to support, saying it's necessary for proponents of new firearms restrictions to show the same passion Second Amendment activists are known for. Published October 5, 2015

President Obama addressed the country hours after a gunman killed nine and wounded more than a dozen at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Despite Obama's passion, little movement seen on guns

For the 15th time in his nearly seven years in office, President Obama last week consoled the nation and demanded action on gun-control legislation — but America's most recent mass shooting likely will serve as another reminder that the president's bully pulpit simply isn't powerful enough to drive change on the complex, contentious issue of Second Amendment rights. Published October 4, 2015

A new EPA proposal would lower the current national ozone standard for automobiles from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. Environmentalist are calling for even more stringent pollution caps. (Associated Press)

EPA tightens ozone standard, sets off fight with business groups

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday tightened the federal ozone standard, dismissing the concerns of powerful business groups and setting off a regulatory and legal fight that will last for the remainder of President Obama's time in office. Published October 1, 2015

A new EPA proposal would lower the current national ozone standard for automobiles from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. Environmentalist are calling for even more stringent pollution caps. (Associated Press)

EPA to release new regulations to restrict ground-level ozone

President Obama on Thursday is expected to take what many expect to be the most costly and contentious step in his ambitious environmental agenda -- the release of a gargantuan set of federal regulations to restrict ground-level ozone in the name of protecting Americans' health. Published September 30, 2015

President Obama talks with Cuban President Raul Castro before a bilateral meeting, Tuesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Associated Press)

Castro's speech spotlights divide with U.S.

President Obama hailed a new chapter in the U.S.-Cuba relationship this week at the United Nations, but analysts say realities on the ground on the communist island -- and the continued "Cold War rhetoric" of Cuban President Raul Castro -- demonstrate that the easy part of mending the bilateral relationship frozen since the early 1960s is now over. Published September 29, 2015

President Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro in front of members of the media before a bilateral meeting Sept. 29, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press)

Obama, Raul Castro meet at United Nations

President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro in New York City on Tuesday morning, further cementing the fact that the U.S. and the communist island are moving past the diplomatic isolation of the last half-century. Published September 29, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin head into a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Obama and Putin spar over Syria at the U.N., meet privately for 90 minutes

President Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin tried to downplay personal and policy tensions during a rare face-to-face meeting Monday in New York, but fierce disagreements bubbled to the surface in competing speeches to an audience of other world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. Published September 28, 2015