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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

President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Veto threats continue: Obama vows to block GOP education bill

A day after blocking legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Obama on Wednesday continued to issue veto threats at a record pace, this time vowing to stop a Republican-backed education reform bill. Published February 25, 2015

At a town hall meeting, President Obama threatened to veto legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Republican critics called the event, which was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, nothing more than a "choreographed, partisan event." (Associated Press)

Obama says he won't be deterred by 'one federal judge' on immigration

A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won't be stopped by "one federal judge," telling a Miami crowd he'll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. Published February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Obama to create center for 'connecting the dots' on cyberthreats

President Obama on Wednesday said he'll establish a new "Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center" aimed at coordinating ongoing federal efforts to counter hackers and other cyber threats aimed at the U.S. government and private industry. Published February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama signs documents in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, designating Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a 21,000-acre site along the Arkansas River popular for whitewater rafting a national monument. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline, sides with environmentalists over labor

President Obama on Tuesday sided firmly with environmentalists in vetoing a bill that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a move that sparked a bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill and deepened a rift between the administration and key Democratic allies in organized labor. Published February 24, 2015

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. A Somali intelligence official says Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab who has a $3 million bounty on his head, has surrendered to police in Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Mall of America on guard against terrorist threat

The Obama administration warned shoppers on Sunday to be “particularly careful” if they visit Minnesota’s famous Mall of America, which could be the target of a terrorist attack. Published February 22, 2015

President Barack Obama arrives to speak at an event in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, to designate the Pullman neighborhood a national monument, to commemorate African-Americans who served as porters, waiters and maids on the iconic Pullman sleeper cars. In the process, the president's trip to his hometown could help boost turnout for his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election in Tuesday's contest. Obama also announced Browns National Monument in Colorado and Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama's approval ratings on rise in 2015

President Obama's approval ratings have spiked over the past two months, recovering from an election-season low as he's made inroads with independents, won back key allies such as ardent liberals and Hispanics and has even earned something of a sympathy vote, political analysts say. Published February 19, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd on the docks at the South Carolina Ports Authority terminal in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The vice president was joining U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on three stops of a five-state tour to promote an administration proposal to spend almost $500 billion over six years on the nation's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Biden: Middle class 'in worse shape' since 1920s

As he pushed a $500 billion federal investment in infrastructure, Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Thursday the American middle class is worse off today than at any point in nearly 100 years. Published February 19, 2015

Industry leaders fear that drone regulations proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration may be too restrictive and might limit commercial usage. "It really is so far behind where other countries are. ... It's not progressive enough," said Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Coalition. (Associated Press)

Drone industry fears FAA rules too restrictive

The Obama administration's proposed new rule for commercial drone flights would ground much of the unmanned aircraft industry and may leave the U.S. trailing behind international competitors, analysts and some lawmakers fear. Published February 16, 2015