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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.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

President Barack Obama waves as he leaves after speaking about the nuclear deal with Iran, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at American University in Washington. The president said the nuclear deal with Iran builds on the tradition of strong diplomacy that won the Cold War without firing any shots.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

White House downplays Chuck Schumer's opposition to Iran deal

The White House on Friday described Sen. Chuck Schumer's opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran as "disappointing but not surprising," and officials say they're still confident Congress ultimately will approve the agreement. Published August 7, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's Clean Power Plan faces opposition from black, Hispanic leaders

The White House's carbon emissions regulations have opened a major rift between President Obama and some black and Hispanic leaders who fear the climate change policies will drive up poverty in low-income areas, kill jobs and raise electricity rates for families that can least afford it. Published August 6, 2015

Ronnie Walters of Madison, Mississippi, casts his ballot Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, for the primary elections at the old Victory Church precinct on Old Canton Road in Madison, Miss. (Joe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

White House not sold on moving election day to weekend

President Obama on Thursday pushed more Americans to vote and blasted voter ID laws that he says keep some from the polls, but the White House wouldn't support calls to move election day to the weekend in order to increase access. Published August 6, 2015

A poll worker prepares to program a electronic voting booth access card in Madison, Miss., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015,  as voters statewide are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor. Three other statewide races have Republican primaries only. They are for auditor, treasurer and insurance commissioner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Obama decries voter ID laws, chastises Americans who don't vote

President Obama on Thursday blasted state efforts to enact voter ID laws, called on Congress to strengthen the landmark Voting Rights Act, and said Americans who stay home on election day "dishonor" those who fought for civil rights. Published August 6, 2015

President Barack Obama arrives before making a statement after touring Everglades National Park on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Florida. Obama used the visit  to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EPA talked privately with green groups on carbon cuts, Senate panel says

The Obama administration gave leading environmental activists unprecedented access and influence as the Environmental Protection Agency crafted rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants, a Senate committee charged Tuesday in a report that raises new questions about the president's climate change agenda. Published August 4, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama blasts 'lazy' critics of carbon rules

President Obama on Monday strongly defended his plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants and said critics of the proposal are "lazy" and unwilling to do what's necessary to save the planet. Published August 3, 2015

Key pieces of President Obama's environmental plan, including proposals to increase ozone standards, limit carbon emissions from power plants and continue mandating more ethanol in U.S. gasoline supplies, will bring with them serious side effects in the coming months and years, critics and some analysts say. (Associated Press)

Obama climate change plan to kill jobs, raise electric bills; could pose health risk

President Obama argues that his policies will result in cleaner air and will mitigate the effects of climate change, but unintended consequences of the administration's environmental agenda seem all but certain -- possibly even including higher mortality rates across the country, according to at least one scholar. Published August 2, 2015

Obama's climate change policy driven by outside forces: report

The Obama administration's controversial climate change agenda is being driven largely by outside forces in the environmental community, and powerful activist groups have played a major -- and perhaps illegal -- role in crafting key Environmental Protection Agency policies, a detailed report released Thursday charges. Published July 30, 2015

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Obama ordered to rewrite pollution rules

President Obama's environmental agenda suffered another loss in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel ordered the administration to rewrite rules limiting cross-state pollution. Published July 28, 2015

President Obama wipes his forehead April 22, 2015, while meeting with the crowd after touring Everglades National Park in Florida on Earth Day. Obama used the visit to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama recruits top companies in climate change fight

The Obama administration said Monday it will partner with Apple, Alcoa, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and other leading American businesses to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions and fight climate change. Published July 27, 2015