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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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles as she walks on stage during the Philanthropy New York's annual meeting, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Ford Foundation in New York. Clinton was interviewed by television journalist Robin Roberts during the event. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rubio gives Hillary an "F’’ as secretary of state

Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday had harsh words for one of his potential 2016 rivals, saying former Secretary of State Hillary deserves an "F’’ at best for her four years on the job. Published May 11, 2014

Throwing shade on solar push? Obama riles organized labor with Walmart visit

Citing the dangers of climate change, President Obama on Friday took new executive action to promote renewable power and energy efficiency, but the venue the White House chose to make its announcement — a San Jose-area Walmart — led to an uproar among some Democrats and leading figures in organized labor who object to the company's workplace practices. Published May 9, 2014

Obama: Midterm elections crucial to breaking cycle of 'cynicism and dysfunction'

President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that the looming November midterm contests are vitally important — even more important than his own election victories in terms of breaking "this downward spiral of even more cynicism and more dysfunction" that has gripped the nation's political system. Published May 8, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter hold a joint news conference in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)

White House disputes Putin claim of Russian troop withdrawal from Ukraine border

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his troops have pulled back from the Ukrainian border — a claim immediately disputed by the White House — and also declared that an insurgent-backed referendum Sunday should be scrapped, raising questions about whether Mr. Putin has blinked or is merely trying to distance Moscow from further violence and unrest. Published May 7, 2014

** FILE ** This March 13, 2014, file photo shows cracks in the dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, Calif. The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans' daily lives and will worsen. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

GOP rejects grim White House climate change report

Republicans vowed Tuesday to fight back against the Obama administration's regulatory agenda, dismissing the White House's massive new climate change report as nothing more than a "political document intended to frighten Americans." Published May 6, 2014

Common Core backers mount a counterattack

Facing increasingly vocal criticism, supporters of the Common Core package of school reforms launched a counter-assault Monday, seeking to reassure wavering Republicans that supporting the controversial new educational standards doesn't necessarily spell political doom in primary elections. Published May 5, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney, left, and White House senior counselor John Podesta, right, laugh during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington Monday, May 5, 2014. Podesta, who served as Chief of Staff under President Clinton, was answering a question about his returning to work for the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House: We back fracking, U.S. energy boom

Republican critics and some in the energy industry have often cast President Obama as hostile to fossil fuels, but the White House on Monday issued a clear endorsement of the domestic oil and gas boom and the controversial drilling technique that has made it possible. Published May 5, 2014

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-12M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Russian rocket carries astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

NASA chief tries to reassure Congress amid rift with Russia over Ukraine

Deteriorating relations with Russia have not harmed Americans' ability to get astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Congress on Thursday, trying to reassure lawmakers who fear the diplomatic rift could derail the U.S. space program. Published May 1, 2014