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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

Anti-Castro protester Lazaro Lozano (left) argues with a pro-Obama supporter in the Little Havana area of Miami Wednesday in the wake of an Obama administration announcement that could mean a major shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. (Associated Press)

Obama Cuba policy reversal ignites firestorm on Hill, excites U.S. businesses

Casting aside a half-century of foreign policy, President Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will normalize ties with Cuba, open an embassy in Havana and reduce trade and travel barriers — a seismic shift in America's relationship with the communist island that drew praise from businesses eager to tap into the Cuban market but touched off a bipartisan firestorm on Capitol Hill. Published December 17, 2014

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a potential 2016 presidential candidate, speaks during a public rally at U.S. House candidate Rod Blum's campaign office on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly) ** FILE **

Marco Rubio slams Cuba agreement, says Obama is 'willfully ignorant'

Calling President Obama "willfully ignorant" and "the worst negotiator" the U.S. has had in decades, Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday slammed the administration's agreement with Cuba to open normal diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 50 years, saying the deal will only allow Cuban President Raul Castro to shore up his power base and continue oppressing his own people. Published December 17, 2014

President Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 (Associated Press).

Obama meets with Temptations, Four Tops

After hitting the sports talk radio circuit earlier in the day, President Obama on Friday afternoon met with legendary musical groups the Four Tops and the Temptations in the Oval Office. Published December 12, 2014

President Barack Obama smiles after being asked by a member of the media about his sore throat, during a meeting with his national security and public health teams about the Ebola response, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama praises 'compromise' spending bill

President Obama on Friday praised the $1.1 trillion spending package that passed the House Thursday night, saying the bill is by no means perfect but is the best he could've hoped for with a divided Congress. Published December 12, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. With the government due to shut down in a week unless the lame duck Congress agrees on funding, Pelosi has encouraged House Speaker John Boehner to work with Democrats to work together on a funding bill while she confronts internal conflicts from rank-and-file Democrats. Though conciliatory about being in the minority, Pelosi cautioned her Democratic caucus not to rush to support a Republican plan until they know exactly what’s in the bill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

After spending bill, White House denies rift with Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defied President Obama Thursday and urged her members to vote against the $1.1 trillion spending package backed by the White House, but administration officials deny the dramatic episode has led to a rift between the two Democrats. Published December 12, 2014

President Obama plays with a football as he walks back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 21, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama blasts NFL's 'old boys network,' says the league needs a 'wake-up call'

President Obama on Friday took a shot at the NFL for failing to confront domestic violence and other controversial issues quickly enough, saying pro football has been plagued by an "old boys network" that has kept the league from making necessary progress on some social issues. Published December 12, 2014

President Obama came out in full support of the spending package, but his Democratic allies in Congress did not follow suit. (Associated Press)

So lame: Spending battle a preview of Obama's next two years

After being virtually invisible during budget negotiations and ceding almost all power to Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Obama found himself backed into a political corner, forced to support a $1.1 trillion spending package that he had little hand in crafting and that contains provisions the White House vehemently opposes. Published December 11, 2014

A grass-roots effort to draft Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 may upend the supposed inevitability of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the eventual Democratic nominee. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren may upset Hillary Clinton inevitability

A coalition of powerful liberal groups said Tuesday they may launch a formal campaign urging their hero, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to seek the White House in 2016, adding more intrigue to the party's presidential primary process and casting doubt on the popular narrative that Hillary Rodham Clinton will cruise to the Democratic nomination. Published December 9, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report during a taping of the program in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama commandeers 'Colbert Report,' promotes Obamacare, pushes agenda

He's often been accused of abusing his power, but a tongue-in-cheek President Obama took that notion to new heights Monday night as he booted Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert from his own show, commandeering the late-night program to give it a more "presidential" feel. Published December 8, 2014