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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 came out in full support of the spending package, but his Democratic allies in Congress did not follow suit. (Associated Press)

So lame: Spending battle a preview of Obama's next two years

After being virtually invisible during budget negotiations and ceding almost all power to Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Obama found himself backed into a political corner, forced to support a $1.1 trillion spending package that he had little hand in crafting and that contains provisions the White House vehemently opposes. Published December 11, 2014

A grass-roots effort to draft Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 may upend the supposed inevitability of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the eventual Democratic nominee. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren may upset Hillary Clinton inevitability

A coalition of powerful liberal groups said Tuesday they may launch a formal campaign urging their hero, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to seek the White House in 2016, adding more intrigue to the party's presidential primary process and casting doubt on the popular narrative that Hillary Rodham Clinton will cruise to the Democratic nomination. Published December 9, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report during a taping of the program in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama commandeers 'Colbert Report,' promotes Obamacare, pushes agenda

He's often been accused of abusing his power, but a tongue-in-cheek President Obama took that notion to new heights Monday night as he booted Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert from his own show, commandeering the late-night program to give it a more "presidential" feel. Published December 8, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with students during an “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington,  Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, attended by  middle-school students from Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama talks computer code with middle-schoolers

Taking part in an "hour of code" event at the White House, President Obama told students Monday that they must learn how to "create a video game," not just play one. Published December 8, 2014

In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama listens in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington as Ashton Carter speaks during the announcement of Carter for defense secretary. The White House says President Barack Obama is getting some medical tests at a military hospital just outside Washington after complaining of a sore throat.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama visits doctor at Walter Reed for acid reflux

President Obama made a trip to his doctor Saturday afternoon for treatment of a sore throat and was diagnosed with "soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux" after a routine CT scan. Published December 6, 2014

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Stephen Colbert delivers the keynote address during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. Comedy Central says President Barack Obama will be on hand Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, as Colbert begins his final two weeks as the fake cable news bloviator on "The Colbert Report." Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year and his last appearance in character on Comedy Central will be on Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Obama to sit down with Stephen Colbert on Monday

President Obama will sit down with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, just days before the Comedy Central host leaves the network to replace David Letterman on "The Late Show." Published December 5, 2014

But political analysts say President Obama, despite noble intentions, is taking a risk on two fronts by consistently addressing accusations of police misconduct and the fallout, including this week's decision by a grand jury in New York City not to charge a police officer in the choking death this summer of a 43-year-old black man. (Associated Press)

Obama addresses police controversies, risks credibility if no action taken

President Obama's decision this week to wade once again into accusations of police misconduct has added more fuel to a raging national debate, but it also has raised questions about whether the commander in chief has backed himself into a corner and will be expected to weigh in on every single controversial action by law enforcement. Published December 4, 2014