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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

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Court rules Obama must rewrite pollution rules

President Obama's environmental agenda suffered another loss in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel ordered the administration to rewrite rules limiting cross-state pollution. Published July 28, 2015

President Obama wipes his forehead April 22, 2015, while meeting with the crowd after touring Everglades National Park in Florida on Earth Day. Obama used the visit to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama recruits top companies in climate change fight

The Obama administration said Monday it will partner with Apple, Alcoa, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and other leading American businesses to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions and fight climate change. Published July 27, 2015

A Nigerian soldier walks at the scene of an explosion suspected to be set by a Boko Haram extremist in Abuja, Nigeria, on June, 25, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S., Nigeria will defeat Boko Haram, Obama vows

President Obama on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to destroying the terrorist groups Boko Haram and the Islamic State, which have ramped up attacks in Nigeria and the Middle East, respectively, in recent days. Published July 20, 2015

Mourners visited a makeshift memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center on Saturday for victims of the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday. President Obama's time in office has been peppered with terrorist-related attacks, raising complex questions about his handling of the fight against Islamist terror. (Associated Press)

Obama's resolve to fight Islamist terror questioned after latest attack on U.S. soil

President Obama so far has escaped a Sept. 11-style catastrophe, but his time in office still has been peppered with terrorist-related shootings from Fort Hood to Benghazi, raising complex questions about this administration's handling of the fight against Islamist terror and putting a spotlight on controversial domestic issues such as gun control. Published July 19, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution,  in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Inside federal prison, Obama urges justice system reform

After meeting with inmates and becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, President Obama said Thursday young people who make mistakes and use drugs should not be sentenced to decades behind bars. Published July 16, 2015

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2014 file photo shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station operated by Talen Energy in southeastern Montana. Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Obama targets coal industry with new water regulations

In the latest clash between the Obama administration and the U.S. coal industry, the Interior Department on Thursday released stringent new regulations requiring companies to monitor water quality and plant trees and vegetation in the area around mining sites. Published July 16, 2015