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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

American Lung Association officials admit their broader strategy has morphed during President Obama's time in the White House, saying they recognize significant "policy opportunities" that come with a president who has vowed to make climate change a centerpiece of his final years in office. (Association Press)

American Lung Association pushes Obama climate change agenda

The American Lung Association -- formerly best known for its highly successful antismoking initiatives -- in recent years has undergone a dramatic transformation and now lends its respected voice and identifiable brand to President Obama's climate change agenda, often acting in lockstep with environmental activists and liberals on Capitol Hill. Published October 28, 2015

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during a rally, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Edmonton. Polls show Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper narrowly trailing Trudeau, the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Canadians go to the polls on Monday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Obama congratulates Canada's Trudeau

President Obama on Tuesday congratulated incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his election win and vowed the U.S. and its neighbor will continue working together on trade, climate change and other issues. Published October 20, 2015

President  Obama speaks to members of the media on Sept. 1, 2015, while on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, which, according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama: Climate action not just for 'tree-huggers'

President Obama said Monday that an increasing number of business leaders are taking action on climate change and proving that it isn't just "tree-huggers" who care about the issue. Published October 19, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking at the fifth annual Concordia Summit Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in New York, while briefly commenting on a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Ore., that happened earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) **FILE**

White House suggests it's time for Biden to make a decision

The White House largely has been mum on Joseph R. Biden's political future, but officials on Monday suggested that it may be time for the vice president to make a decision as more of the country's attention turns to the 2016 presidential race. Published October 19, 2015

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has embraced the 2009 Copenhagen summit, which has left other participants disappointed. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton touts 2009 Copenhagen summit for climate credentials

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding up the failed Copenhagen global warming summit as proof that under her leadership, the U.S. can bring other nations on board an international effort to curb emissions and fight climate change. Published October 18, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump: I could stand there for 20 hours

Donald Trump on Sunday defended his campaign's demand for shorter debates, saying American voters simply can't handle watching politicians on television for more than two hours. Published October 18, 2015

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., in this July 16, 2015, file photo. An HBO documentary, "Fixing the System," that features Mr. Obama's historic visit to the prison, and his in-depth conversations with several of the inmates, premiered Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the prison before a group of inmates. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Obama renews push for criminal justice reform

President Obama over the weekend renewed his push for criminal justice reform and again made the case that it's wrong to imprison Americans for nonviolent drug offenses. Published October 17, 2015

This photo taken April 23, 2015, shows the Colowyo Coal Mine near Craig, Colo. Federal regulators have recommended that the mine, which has been threatened with closure partly over its impacts on climate change, remain open for now. (Patrick Kelly/Craig Daily Press via AP)

Obama doles out money to struggling coal towns

As his environmental regulations wipe out jobs in the coal industry and potentially drive up the price of electricity, President Obama on Thursday doled out more than $14 million to communities in Kentucky, West Virginia and other areas in the hopes of moving displaced coal workers into other lines of work. Published October 15, 2015

"It would be very difficult for Barack Obama to win a third term.  He lost independents a long time ago. What's keeping him afloat is essentially the Democratic base. ... we shouldn't forget he lost 5 million votes from 2008 to 2012. I imagine if he ran again he might lose a couple million more," said Lara Brown, a political science professor at George Washington University. (Associated Press)

Confidence man: Obama boasts he could coast to third term as president

Thanks to George Washington, Barack Obama cannot seek a third term, but the president confidently proclaimed this week that he believes he could secure another four years in the White House -- a boast some analysts quickly cast as wholly unrealistic, perhaps even politically delusional. Published October 14, 2015

Candidates reject Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy

The Democratic party's presidential contenders -- with one exception -- vowed Tuesday night to go further than President Obama in fighting climate change and some said the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy is a mistake. Published October 13, 2015