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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 ** In this Sept 12, 2013, file photo, Vice President gestures while speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Biden praises unions, dreams of drag racing

Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday delivered an impassioned speech to an organized labor convention in Washington but also yearned for the day he can ditch the Secret Service and drag race his friends. Published February 5, 2014

**FILE** Protesters opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline hold signs outside the office of Rep. Lee Terry, Nebraska Republican, in Omaha, Neb., on July 26, 2011. (Associated Press)

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears big hurdle

A long-awaited State Department review has raised no serious environmental objections to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, potentially setting the stage for President Obama to approve the massive, politically charged project and dealing a blow to environmentalists who vehemently oppose it. Published January 31, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Washington. Carney discussed immigration reform, Syria, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

With Keystone report looming, White House mum

With the State Department preparing to release its final environmental assessment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline — a move that could come as early as Friday afternoon — the White House remains determined to stay out the fight between proponents of the $7 billion project and environmental activists who vehemently oppose it. Published January 31, 2014

Obama, Republicans share goals, but not solutions

President Obama and congressional Republicans both said this week they want to find common ground, but even though they share many of the same broad goals — putting Americans back to work, aiding a struggling middle class and promoting opportunity for all — there is little agreement on how to get there. Published January 30, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at McGavock High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Obama ends post-SOTU trip with education speech

President Obama wrapped up a two-day, four-state tour Thursday by turning his attention to education, another portion of the revamped “opportunity agenda” he's pledged to undertake without Congress this year. Published January 30, 2014

President Obama greets audience members at a Costco store in Lanham, Md., where he spoke about the need to raise the minimum wage. The president is promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Economists see few dollars and little sense on Obama agenda

The plan President Obama laid out this week to try to revive a sluggish economy and build "ladders of opportunity" into the middle class has been received largely with yawns from economists and business groups. Published January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama tours the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., before speaking about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama creates 'MyRa' accounts

At the second stop of his post-State of the Union road trip, President Obama on Wednesday officially established a new retirement plan for working Americans and promised his broader economic agenda will help rebuild a struggling middle class. Published January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama throws in towel on global-warming legislation

President Obama came to office promising significant action to fight climate change, and Tuesday night's State of the Union indicates this administration fully recognizes any action on that issue over the next three years will come not through legislation but through regulations and executive actions. Rather than call for a "comprehensive energy and climate bill" as he did in 2010, Mr. Obama on Tuesday focused on much smaller goals and touted the controversial efforts of his Environmental Protection Agency to cut down on carbon emissions from power plants. Published January 28, 2014

**FILE** NBA center Jason Collins poses during the Boston Celtics' media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins to be guest of Michelle Obama

Jason Collins, who last year became the first male player in major American team sports to come out as gay, will be one of first lady Michelle Obama's guests for Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the White House announced Monday. Published January 27, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Carney discussed Syria, security for the Sochi Olympics, and other topics.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: Don't judge Obama by what Congress does

Average Americans rightfully are frustrated with Congress, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday, but they should not decide whether President Obama's time in office has been a success or a failure based solely on "the amount of legislation that passes" the House and Senate. Published January 27, 2014