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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


O'Malley faces steep climb to 2016 White House bid

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has steadily climbed the political ladder over the past 15 years, but the next rung presents a seemingly insurmountable challenge as he likely positions himself as a liberal alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. Published October 19, 2014

Obama launches initiative to cut identity theft

Calling identity theft a "heartbreaking" crime that robs Americans of their financial security, President Obama on Friday signed an executive order to put in place new protections for consumers who receive government benefits. Published October 17, 2014

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during an appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Top White House official secretly visited Iraq

A top White House official spent the past four days in Iraq meeting with Iraqi and United Nations officials about the fight against the Islamic State, administration officials announced Thursday. Published October 16, 2014

Critics maintain that President Obama has spent far too much time engaged in leisure activities during recent times of national crisis. However, the president has, in recent days, canceled fundraising trips to Connecticut and New York to meet with his Cabinet in the hopes of addressing the deadly Ebola outbreak, which has claimed thousands of lives in Africa before recently spreading to the U.S. (Associated Press)

Leisure-prone Obama gets belatedly serious on Ebola

From golfing to raising piles of cash for the Democratic party, President Obama's itinerary often remains unchanged even in the face of crisis or tragedy, but the commander in chief took a much different tack this week as fears over Ebola mount. Published October 16, 2014

Obama cancels second day of travel due to Ebola outbreak

President Obama has canceled planned events and will remain in Washington for the second day in a row to oversee the government's response to the Ebola outbreak, the White House said late Wednesday night. Published October 16, 2014

conflagration: Thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, as fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and militants of the Islamic State group. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, has been under assault since mid-September. Story, A9 (Associated Press)

Obama strategy, legal authority for Islamic State offensive in question

The U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State finally has an official name, but the larger strategy and legal justification behind the operation remain as murky as ever, more than 60 days after President Obama informed Congress of the campaign. Published October 15, 2014

A nod from liberal hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts may prove important to Democrats eyeing a 2016 White House run. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren nod could prove critical as Democrats eye 2016

As they gear up for a White House bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democratic presidential hopefuls may be looking over their left shoulder for a key stamp of approval from the party's new progressive standard-bearer. Published October 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden picks up his notes as he prepares to leave after speaking at Renton Technical College in Renton, Wash., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Joe Biden: 'What we need is another Jim Brady' to push gun-control measures

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Friday the nation needs another high-profile, respected spokesman for gun control who is able to convince fearful members of Congress to buck the National Rifle Association and other organizations and vote for firearms restrictions. Published October 10, 2014

Senate challenger Mike McFadden has accused incumbent Al Franken (left) of failing to stop Minnesota from becoming a recruiting ground for extremists. (Associated Press)

Senate candidates trade shots over Islamic State recruiting in Minnesota

Congressional candidates across the country are debating how to stop the Islamic State abroad, but Minnesota's Senate race has the candidates trading shots over how to stop terrorist recruitment much closer to home, after dozens of young Minnesota men are believed to have gone to train overseas as jihadist warriors. Published October 8, 2014