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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

TransCanada argues that President Obama "intruded on Congress's power to regulate interstate and international commerce" and blatantly disregarded the will of the legislative branch. Congress last year passed a bill approving Keystone, but the president vetoed it. (Associated Press)

Obama angers Democrats' labor base with Keystone rejection, Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama's relationship with blue-collar unions has hit an all-time low, with several powerful labor groups ripping into the administration -- and the Democratic Party as a whole -- for its rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and its promotion of the highly controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Published November 8, 2015

President Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama rejecting Keystone XL pipeline

Ending a review process that lasted nearly seven years, President Obama on Friday rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, siding firmly with environmental activists and drawing the ire of business and labor groups who say the administration is willfully standing in the way of economic growth, job creation and energy security. Published November 6, 2015

The Keystone Steele City pumping station was built to connect to the Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo)

Obama, TransCanada say little about likely doomed Keystone pipeline

Twenty-four hours after claiming authority to make the final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Obama administration said little about the issue Thursday, even as it looks increasingly likely that the project will die at the hands of the president. Published November 5, 2015

President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., on March 22, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama rejects request to suspend Keystone pipeline review

President Obama on Wednesday retained his authority to make the final call on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting pleas to delay the State Department's review of the project and sparking a backlash among critics who say the administration's decision-making process has been corrupted by politics. Published November 4, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and Democratic presidential candidate, speaks in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 30, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bernie Sanders, environmental activists look to end drilling on federal lands

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders on Wednesday proposed halting all fossil-fuel development on federal lands as part of a broader plan to fight global warming -- but the Vermont independent remains stunningly silent on whether he'll go "carbon neutral" and take steps to curb his own campaign's greenhouse-gas emissions. Published November 4, 2015

Lawrence Lessig, Democratic presidential candidate and Harvard law professor, speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention in Manchester on Sept. 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Lessig drops presidential bid, blames DNC rules change

Long-shot Democratic presidential contender Larry Lessig ended his campaign Monday, blaming party officials for his decision and hinting they manipulated rules for debate access to keep him off the stage. Published November 2, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, accompanied by President Obama, used his announcement that he will not make a bid for the White House to say that four years of college should be offered to all Americans just as 12 years of high school is today. (AP Photo)

Obama stays silent amid Democrats' growing calls for debt-free college for all

A growing of number of prominent Democrats -- including Vice President Joseph R. Biden -- have jumped aboard the free-college-for-everyone bandwagon in recent months, but the party's loudest, most influential voice remains conspicuously silent and has yet to fully throw his weight behind an issue that has quickly become a rallying cry for liberals. Published November 1, 2015

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