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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

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, speaks to the media after the Democrat majority in the Senate pushed through a major rules change, one that curbs the power of the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama's nominations for high-level judgeships and cabinet and agency officials, on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House seeks more time from Hill for Iran deal

Negotiations with Iran over that nation's nuclear program continue to plod along, but Senate leaders have put a clock on those talks by announcing plans to enact further sanctions against Iran as soon as next month. Published November 22, 2013

President Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Mr. Obama was commenting on the Senate's move to make it harder for Republicans to block his nominees. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Enough is enough': Obama backs new Senate rules

President Obama on Thursday expressed strong support for Senate Democrats' move to enact the so-called "nuclear option" and alter congressional rules to clear the way for judicial and other executive nominees. Published November 21, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House press corps revolts over lack of Obama access

Tensions between the Obama administration and the White House Press Corps boiled over Thursday amid a lack of access to the president and the use of government photographers as substitutes for independent journalists. Published November 21, 2013

President Barack Obama awards former President Bill Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama, Clinton hide tension behind smiles at medal ceremony

Whatever tension exists between President Obama and former President Bill Clinton — and by all accounts, there’s plenty — it wasn’t on full display Wednesday when the two men came together for a White House ceremony and a tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy. Published November 20, 2013

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. The President met with chairmen, ranking members, as well as other members of the Senate Banking Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Armed Services Committees, and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding Iran. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Some senators 'unsatisfied' with White House approach on Iran

A key senator emerged from Tuesday's meeting with President Obama saying some lawmakers are "unsatisfied" with the administration's proposal to begin easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for that nation halting parts of its nuclear program. Published November 19, 2013

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Netanyahu: Iran nuclear pact a 'bad deal'

With the international community inching toward an agreement with Iran that would slow parts of that nation's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday cautioned against accepting "an exceedingly bad deal" that he says would threaten the very existence of his country. Published November 17, 2013

** FILE ** Ben Nelson (Associated Press)

States, not feds, are now key to making Obamacare work, insurers say

President Obama's about-face last week may have blunted the immediate political blowback from his broken promise that Americans who like their insurance plans can keep them — a vow that turned out not to be true for millions across the country. Published November 17, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, the president intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama concedes, announces changes to health care law

President Obama said Thursday he will let Americans renew for one year any health plans that do not meet Obamacare's coverage standards — a stark attempt to quell the political firestorm around his broken promise that those who like their insurance coverage can keep it under his signature law. Published November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama admits he 'fumbled,' says Americans can keep their health care

Conceding that he has "fumbled" the rollout to his signature health care reform law, President Obama on Thursday said he will use executive authority to craft a series of loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their insurance policies for at least another year. Published November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler, left, and his nominee to become CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad, makes the announcement, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama chooses new CFTC chair, takes shots at Republicans

President Obama on Tuesday not only put forward his pick to head a powerful financial regulatory panel, he also declared in no uncertain terms that the "army of lobbyists" who he says have teamed with Republicans to undermine Wall Street reform must not succeed. Published November 12, 2013