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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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington in this March 23, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

White House ignores Clinton Foundation questions

The White House on Monday refused to even acknowledge accusations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received preferential treatment from the Obama administration while Hillary Rodham Clinton ran the State Department. Published April 20, 2015

Islamic State militants raise their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

Administration sees wins in terror fight despite spread of militants

Despite deadly incidents in Libya and Afghanistan over the weekend, the White House said Monday it is "difficult to assess" whether the Islamic State terrorist group has moved beyond Iraq and Syria and now is operating in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Published April 20, 2015

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, said that it would be best to wait for the resolution of legal challenges to the EPA's Clean Power Act before implementing the plan. (Associated Press)

GOP calls for temporary halt to EPA's Clean Power Plan

Republicans' latest attempt to slow the Obama administration's climate change agenda calls for new regulations to be halted until all legal challenges are settled — an argument similar to the one President Obama has used when blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Published April 14, 2015

Police Chief Eddie Driggers, right, and Mayor Keith Summey, back, leave after a news conference about the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on Saturday.  The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

White House: South Carolina shooting video 'awfully hard to watch'

The White House said Wednesday video footage showing a white South Carolina police officer appearing to shoot a black suspect in the back multiple times is "awfully hard to watch" and demonstrates why officers should wear body cameras. Published April 8, 2015

FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Obama phones key senator to sell Iran deal

President Obama continues trying to sell a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many of whom back legislation that would give Congress final authority over whether the agreement is implemented. Published April 8, 2015

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama is traveling to Jamaica first before going to Summit of the America meeting in Panama, which begins Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Fewer children crossing border, but challenges remain

Nearly a year after the flood of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S. border reached crisis proportions, President Obama this week heads to a key summit in Panama amid concerns the administration hasn't done enough to address the root causes of the problem. Published April 8, 2015

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Russian cyberhack not confirmed by White House

White House officials Tuesday would not confirm a CNN report saying Russian hackers were behind a high-profile cyberattack on the State Department and the White House. Published April 7, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Howard University in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Obama visited the university's medical center to discuss the impact of climate change on public health and steps his administration is taking to reduce the health impacts of climate change on communities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's new climate effort stresses health impacts

With his top aides hailing him as the "greenest president" in history, President Obama on Tuesday launched a new effort to highlight the impacts of climate change on Americans' health, the latest attempt to justify this administration's unprecedented environmental agenda. Published April 7, 2015