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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

President Barack Obama signs documents in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, designating Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a 21,000-acre site along the Arkansas River popular for whitewater rafting a national monument. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline, sides with environmentalists over labor

President Obama on Tuesday sided firmly with environmentalists in vetoing a bill that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a move that sparked a bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill and deepened a rift between the administration and key Democratic allies in organized labor. Published February 24, 2015

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. A Somali intelligence official says Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab who has a $3 million bounty on his head, has surrendered to police in Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Mall of America on guard against terrorist threat

The Obama administration warned shoppers on Sunday to be “particularly careful” if they visit Minnesota’s famous Mall of America, which could be the target of a terrorist attack. Published February 22, 2015

President Barack Obama arrives to speak at an event in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, to designate the Pullman neighborhood a national monument, to commemorate African-Americans who served as porters, waiters and maids on the iconic Pullman sleeper cars. In the process, the president's trip to his hometown could help boost turnout for his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election in Tuesday's contest. Obama also announced Browns National Monument in Colorado and Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama's approval ratings on rise in 2015

President Obama's approval ratings have spiked over the past two months, recovering from an election-season low as he's made inroads with independents, won back key allies such as ardent liberals and Hispanics and has even earned something of a sympathy vote, political analysts say. Published February 19, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd on the docks at the South Carolina Ports Authority terminal in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The vice president was joining U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on three stops of a five-state tour to promote an administration proposal to spend almost $500 billion over six years on the nation's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Biden: Middle class 'in worse shape' since 1920s

As he pushed a $500 billion federal investment in infrastructure, Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Thursday the American middle class is worse off today than at any point in nearly 100 years. Published February 19, 2015

Industry leaders fear that drone regulations proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration may be too restrictive and might limit commercial usage. "It really is so far behind where other countries are. ... It's not progressive enough," said Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Coalition. (Associated Press)

Drone industry fears FAA rules too restrictive

The Obama administration's proposed new rule for commercial drone flights would ground much of the unmanned aircraft industry and may leave the U.S. trailing behind international competitors, analysts and some lawmakers fear. Published February 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The president said cyberspace is the new "wild West" _ with daily attempted hacks and people looking to the government to be the sheriff. He's asking the private sector to do more to help.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Feds fall behind in race against 21st-century cyberthreats, lawmakers say

President Obama last week took executive action on cybersecurity, but lawmakers say the steps merely lay the "foundation" for a long-term fight against hackers, and analysts argue that the federal government has moved too slowly in addressing 21st-century threats. Published February 15, 2015

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Valentine's Day card mocks Clinton, Williams: 'From one combat veteran to another'

A group seeking to keep Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the White House is mocking the former secretary of state with a series of fake Valentine's Day cards — including one from embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who, like Mrs. Clinton, has told tall tales about coming under enemy fire. Published February 14, 2015

President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, N.C., June 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama trashes GOP education reform bill

President Obama on Saturday came out swinging against Republicans' education reform plan, arguing the proposal will reduce the quality of American schools and leave many low-income children stuck in failing classrooms. Published February 14, 2015