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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 Barack Obama speaks at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offices at the Constitution Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identify theft and improving consumer and student privacy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama lays out new data-protection bills

Marching toward his State of the Union address later this month, President Obama on Monday laid out new privacy proposals to protect American consumers and students from identity theft and data breaches. Published January 12, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden leans in to say something to Maggie Coons, next to her father Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., after Biden administered the Senate oath to Coons during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Coons: My daughter doesn't think Joe Biden is creepy

Video of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s awkward interaction with Sen. Chris Coons' daughter went viral last week, but the Delaware Democrat denies that his child believes the vice president is "creepy." Published January 11, 2015

Holding up signs reading "I am Charlie" and French flags attend a rally in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands gathered Sunday throughout Paris and cities around the world, to show unity and defiance in the face of terrorism that killed 17 people in France’s bleakest moment in half a century. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Top Obama officials MIA at Paris unity rally

Heads of state from Europe to the Middle East marched in Paris Sunday to honor the victims of last week's terrorist attacks, but the U.S. was represented only by an ambassador as higher-ranking officials either stayed home or worked behind the scenes. Published January 11, 2015

French President Francois Hollande, second from left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, join other dignitaries, heads of government and heads of state as they march during a rally in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. More than 40 world leaders, their arms linked, marched through Paris Sunday to rally for unity and freedom of expression and to honor 17 victims of three days of terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Obama, top U.S. officials skip Paris memorials attended by other world leaders

World leaders and top government officials from Israel, Germany, Russia and elsewhere gathered in Paris on Sunday to honor victims of last week's terrorist attacks, but the Obama administration has come under fire for dispatching only the U.S. ambassador to France as the nation's representative. Published January 11, 2015

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands at the end of a news conference at the G7 summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Britain's Cameron to visit White House this week

British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Washington later this week for a series of meetings with President Obama, the White House announced over the weekend. Published January 11, 2015

President Obama (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama's Keystone amnesia: President ignores GOP pipeline push

President Obama on Saturday talked about higher education, affordable housing, the resurgence of the auto industry, health-care reform, growth in the manufacturing sector and a variety of other issues — virtually everything except the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which is at the top of Republicans' agenda now that they have full control of Congress. Published January 10, 2015

FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo sisters Jenni Harrington, left, and Abbi Kleinschmidt pass a stake that marks the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline on Harrington's property near Bradshaw, Neb. The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline but Harrington says they won't sell out the next generation for any amount, not even $50 million. No matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until the state of Nebraska signs off on the route.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Court upholds Keystone pipeline route through Nebraska

In a move that may force President Obama to finally make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday tossed a lawsuit challenging the project's route through the state, eliminating a major legal hurdle and again placing Keystone's fate in the hands of the White House. Published January 9, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Joe Manchin: We could override Obama veto on Keystone bill

As a key Senate committee cleared legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a prominent supporter of the project said Thursday he believes the chamber could have enough votes to override a presidential veto of the bill. Published January 8, 2015