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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

Rising progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the first-term Massachusetts Democrat, is being urged to run for president by leading liberal groups such as MoveOn and Democracy for America. (Associated Press)

Empowered liberals pressure Obama to shift agenda further to left

President Obama has proposed two years of free community college for all Americans, pledged to defend Social Security and is looking to hike taxes on wealthy Americans, but liberal leaders are putting unprecedented pressure on the White House to go even further and fully embrace a more populist, progressive agenda. Published January 20, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and an outspoken critic of Mr. Obama's foreign policy, said additional sanctions would reinforce rather than undermine the U.S. bargaining position with Iran. (Associated Press)

Republican senators brush off Obama warnings, vow more Iran sanctions

Republican senators vowed Sunday to pursue additional sanctions against Iran, brushing off unusually blunt and dire warnings from President Obama that any more penalties for Tehran would threaten to scuttle nuclear talks and possibly lead to war. Published January 18, 2015

President Barack Obama calls out to the media as he walks from Marine One across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington, as returns from Baltimore where he attended the Senate Democratic Issues Conference and visited Charmington's Cafe where he talked about  paid sick leave for working Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Obama launches new clean-water, infrastructure programs

Days before President Obama's State of the Union address, the White House on Friday rolled out a new clean-water program designed to spur private investment to help rebuild the nation's infrastructure. Published January 16, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Growing fears about the specter of terrorism in Europe and the West are lending themselves to a sense of trans-Atlantic solidarity as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama explains why David Cameron is his 'bro'

As President Obama hosts his "bro" David Cameron at the White House, the American leader on Friday explained why he uses the informal term when speaking to the British prime minister. Published January 16, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures during his joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president and prime minister agreed Friday to a joint effort to fight domestic terrorism after last week's deadly attacks in France. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's grim warning to Congress: New Iran sanctions could lead to war

President Obama warned Congress Friday that new economic sanctions against Iran could lead directly to war, and British Prime Minister David Cameron said he's personally appealing to top lawmakers to hold off and allow diplomatic negotiations with Iran to play out. Published January 16, 2015

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday came out against President Obama's new paid family-leave policy, saying the cost was to high for businesses. (Associated Press)

Obama paid-leave mandate runs into GOP opposition

President Obama on Thursday rolled out a new family leave policy for federal workers and called on Congress to make it law for private-sector workers as well, the latest executive action from Mr. Obama's pen designed both to pressure congressional Republicans and to demonstrate the president will to act on his own if necessary. Published January 15, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, about steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama calls for expanding broadband Internet

President Obama bit the hand that helped to fund his re-election Wednesday, criticizing big cable companies for holding monopolies in many communities and calling for faster broadband Internet service across America. Published January 14, 2015