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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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Netanyahu presses Obama on nuclear Iran

Amid reports the White House may soften its stance toward Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stern message to President Obama on Wednesday and stressed that the American leader must take a hard line going forward. Published October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Secret Service woes grow as director resigns

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson resigned Wednesday amid intense pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who feared the president and his family were being endangered by security lapses — highlighted by an intruder forcing his way into the White House last month. Published October 1, 2014

President Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, D.C., to discuss bilateral trade relations and the possibility of reviving nuclear energy talks, however, India's liability laws may scuttle such plans. Mr. Modi maintained he is open to changing those laws. (Associated Press)

Nuclear liability laws strain U.S.-India energy policy

President Obama and his Indian counterpart pledged Tuesday to cooperate on nuclear energy, but specialists say Indian liability laws have made progress virtually impossible and have rendered moot a landmark 2008 agreement between the two countries. Published September 30, 2014

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks about the street protests in Hong Kong during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House walks back Obama's intel estimates of Islamic State

President Obama didn't intend to throw the U.S. intelligence community under the bus when he said Sunday night that American officials "underestimated" the power of the Islamic State, White House officials said Monday. Published September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making his first visit to Washington, D.C., this week. He had a private dinner with President Obama Monday night, though the White House wouldn't say whether intellectual property reform was on the agenda. (Associated Press)

Modi pressed to address intellectual property reforms

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared that his nation is "open for business," but some U.S. industry leaders remain troubled by India's policy toward intellectual property rights and question whether the new leader, making his first visit to Washington this week, will follow through on his promise to address the problem. Published September 29, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The president said that in an interconnected world, outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola have the potential to affect every nation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama says Democrats will keep Senate once people know the facts

President Obama said Sunday that those who believe Democrats will suffer in November because of this administration's track record on the economy are mistaken and that he willing to "put my record against any leader around the world." Published September 28, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, on the South Lawn the White House, in Washington, before heading to the United Nations. The president said the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone."  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: 'I recognize the contradiction' of policy toward Syria, Islamic State

One year after nearly ordering airstrikes against the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, President Obama said Sunday he's aware U.S. policy now is somewhat contradictory, as the American air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria will directly benefit an Assad regime that continues to murder its own people in a bloody civil war. Published September 28, 2014

"Climate action is not just a defensive play, it advances the ball. We can turn our challenge into an opportunity to modernize our power sector and build a low-carbon economy that will fuel growth for decades to come," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday in a speech at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit research organization. (Associated Press)

EPA chief's climate pitch ignores rising electric prices

Gina McCarthy argued Thursday that her home state of Massachusetts is proof you can cut greenhouse gas emissions while fostering economic prosperity, but the Environmental Protection Agency administrator failed to mention the apparent trade-off for consumers: dramatically higher electricity prices. Published September 25, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Climate Summit at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

At U.N., Obama calls out China, India on carbon emissions

President Obama on Tuesday cast the U.S. — and, by extension, himself — as the leader of a vital global mission to combat climate change and chastised nations such as China and India which so far have not followed in his footsteps. Published September 23, 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**

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