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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

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Perpetual second fiddle Joe Biden praying for a Hillary screw-up

Joseph R. Biden's 2016 presidential ambitions already look like they have been swallowed whole by the Hillary Rodham Clinton juggernaut, but political analysts say the vice president still has a narrow path to victory — one that depends on either out-politicking the former first lady in crucial states such as Iowa or praying she makes a grave mistake. Published September 18, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

In Iowa, Biden preaches economic populism

Ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid, Vice President Joseph R. Biden visited Iowa on Wednesday and struck a passionate, populist note, blasting U.S. corporations and the wealthy who he argues are able to dodge taxes and reap greater profits at the expense of the middle class. Published September 17, 2014

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama sends 3,000 troops to fight 'out of control' Ebola in Africa

Amid dire warnings from medical professionals and frantic calls from Congress for greater U.S. intervention, President Obama said Tuesday he'll deploy 3,000 American troops to combat an African Ebola outbreak that he says is "spiraling out of control." Published September 16, 2014

President Barack Obama salutes as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to the Fort McHenry historic site that is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, and also attended a private Democratic fundraiser. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congress demands Obama act to keep Islamic terrorists out of U.S.

While President Obama is focused on getting money to friendly-ish Syrian rebels, Congress is increasingly demanding he take more steps to stop militant fighters from coming to the U.S. by stripping Americans of their passports if they join the fight and by suspending countries that have large contingents of foreign fighters from the Visa Waiver Program. Published September 15, 2014

This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. (Associated Press)

Obama condemns ISIL's 'barbaric' slaying of David Haines

President Obama late Saturday vowed once again to destroy the Islamic State after the terrorist group released a video purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines — the third such video in less than a month. Published September 14, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at the National Urban League Conference at the Duke Energy Center, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley)  MANDATORY CREDIT;  NO SALES

Biden spins disappointing jobs report as 'reminder of how far we've come'

This week's Labor Department report showed that U.S. businesses added fewer jobs in August than in any other month this year, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Saturday spun the disappointing figures and used them to paint a picture of economic recovery. Published September 6, 2014

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 deploys flares during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo.)

NATO creates new 'readiness force' to counter Russia

NATO on Friday created a new "very high readiness force" of several thousand troops to deployed in eastern Europe, a clear signal by the international body that further Russian aggression in the region will not be tolerated. Published September 5, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: We'll impose more sanctions on Russia

President Obama said Friday the U.S. and its European allies will move ahead with more economic sanctions against Russia, regardless of whether this week's cease-fire agreement between Russia and Ukraine brings an immediate end to violence. Published September 5, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama vows to 'hunt down' and 'dismantle' Islamic State

Under fire for his lack of a strategy to deal with the Islamic State, President Obama on Friday struck a firm and determined note and vowed the U.S. will "hunt down" and "dismantle" the Islamist organization in the same way it went after al Qaeda in the days after Sept. 11, 2001. Published September 5, 2014