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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

President Obama, making phone calls Sunday to campaign volunteers with Suzanne Stern in Williamsburg, Va., is hearing accusations from the GOP that his administration is putting politics ahead of the safety of American diplomats. (Associated Press)

GOP: Libya shows Obama is 'incompetent'

As criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, continues to grow, top Republicans on Sunday ripped the White House and accused the president's team of putting politics ahead of the safety of American diplomats. Published October 14, 2012

Biden, Dems enlisted by energy company to win billion-dollar loan deal, emails show

The White House contends that all energy loan guarantees are awarded solely on the merits of the project, with no political influence from President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden or other administration officials. But a series of emails from solar power giant BrightSource Energy Inc. show how the company applied political pressure and used behind-the-scenes cajoling to win a $1.6 billion loan guarantee in April 2011. Published October 10, 2012

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Justice Anthony M. Kennedy could be a key vote in an affirmative action case. The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Wednesday.

High court to again consider racial quotas

For the first time in nearly a decade, the issue of race as a factor in college admissions comes before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, thrusting affirmative action back into the national spotlight. Published October 9, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama participate in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Romney debate attack on green energy, says Obama picks 'losers'

President Obama's unwavering support for taxpayer-funded "green" energy projects came under fire at Wednesday night's presidential debate, with Republican Mitt Romney on the attack, accusing the incumbent of picking "losers" in the energy sector while turning his back on American fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal. Published October 4, 2012

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice (Associated Press)

Outrage growing on U.S. response to consulate attack

Outrage continued to grow Sunday over the Obama administration's initial reaction to the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, which is being blasted as disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst. Published September 30, 2012

Paul Ryan: 'We've had some missteps' in the campaign

With polls headed in the wrong direction and a torrent of conservative criticism continuing to mount, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan on Sunday admitted that the GOP ticket has made mistakes over the past few weeks, but he remains confident that presidential nominee Mitt Romney and he will triumph in November. Published September 30, 2012

**FILE** Deb Fischer (left), the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat, shakes hands with her Democratic counterpart Bob Kerrey following their first debate at the Nebraska state fair in Grand Island, Neb., on Aug. 25, 2012. The two are vying for the Senate seat of Democrat Ben Nelson, who is not seeking re-election. (Associated Press)

Neb. Senate hopeful Kerrey hammers opponent on spending, deficits

For a candidate who once promoted universal health care and spent a decade leading one of the nation's most liberal universities, Democrat Bob Kerrey has embarked on a dramatic political makeover — one that now has him sounding more like a hardened fiscal conservative. Published September 28, 2012

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission in Texas in November. U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses the unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (Associated Press)

FAA gets pressed on drone test sites

The drone industry joined with state officials Tuesday in pressuring the federal government to stop dragging its feet and begin setting up vital test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Published September 25, 2012

** FILE ** Graduates listen to the commencement address at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., in June 2011. (Associated Press)

Data: High school students aren’t ready for college

Most of the nation's 2012 high school graduates aren't ready for college, and their reading skills continue to steadily decline, hitting their lowest level in four decades, new data show. Published September 24, 2012

Chicago schools strike incites teachers unions

With Chicago's ugly strike behind them, teachers unions are regrouping with a public relations blitz, meant to both repair their image and rally members who are under more fire than ever. Published September 23, 2012

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Mayors stand up to striking teachers

As the Chicago teachers strike drags on, clear battle lines are emerging, with big-city mayors — including prominent Democrats — rallying to the side of Rahm Emanuel in his bitter showdown with organized labor. Published September 12, 2012

Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 10, 2012, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years. Union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations. (Associated Press)

Obama stepping away from Chicago strike

Chicago teachers demanding more pay went on strike Monday in a move that reverberated nationally, with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying the walkout reflects poorly on President Obama and his allies in the teachers labor unions. Published September 10, 2012

Jockeying for 2016 begins in earnest at DNC

Ambitious up-and-comers used this week's Democratic National Convention to introduce themselves to the nation and began carving a foothold for 2016. Published September 6, 2012

"He's seen as anti-coal. Some people feel as if the mines aren't operating as fully as they could be." - Charlene Marshall, the former mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., and now a state legislator and delegate at the convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Obama seen as 'anti-coal' figure

The uneasy relationship between President Obama and coal-state Democrats is on display at the party's convention this week, with delegates from states such as West Virginia and Kentucky openly acknowledging the president has dug himself a hole. Published September 5, 2012