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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

Speculation continues to swirl that Vice President Joseph R. Biden will make a run for the White House in 2016, but Iowa Democrats have said the party's current options are already more than viable. (Associated Press)

Biden policy may echo Obama's

After keeping a low profile following the death of his son earlier this year, Vice President Joseph R. Biden has re-emerged to become the biggest defender of President Obama's agenda, selling everything from the administration's climate change policies to its Detroit bailout and, in the process, making clear he won't distance himself from the current president in a potential 2016 White House bid. Published September 17, 2015

Ahmed Mohamed with his "clock." (The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press)

Ahmed Mohamed, teen arrested for homemade clock, speaks out

A 14-year-old Muslim boy who became an overnight social media sensation after he was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to his Dallas-area high school is speaking out about the incident. Published September 16, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a labor rally in New York on Sept. 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Joe Biden: We'll need to take care of the 'hard-working losers' in the coal industry

Vice President Joseph R. Biden conceded Wednesday that the administration's climate change agenda will result in winners and losers in the economy, and he said the nation must commit to ensuring the "hard-working losers" in the coal sector industry can find employment elsewhere after their mines shut down. Published September 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Netanyahu to meet with Obama Nov. 9

As the White House moves ahead with its nuclear deal with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House Nov. 9 and meet with President Obama face to face. Published September 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media while on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Obama announces new round of taxpayer money for solar power projects

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced $120 million in funding for solar power projects across the country, continuing its policy of using taxpayer dollars to fund the nation's transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy. Published September 16, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with veterans and Gold Star Mothers to discuss the Iran Nuclear deal, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama set to push on with climate agenda

Despite bitter opposition in Congress, a series of legal setbacks and data showing its environmental regulations will drive up electricity rates, the Obama administration this week is moving full-speed ahead with its climate change agenda, prodding U.S. cities into new policies to reduce carbon emissions. Published September 15, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Benjamin Netanyahu to visit White House in November

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chief critic of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, will visit the White House in November, administration officials said Friday. Published September 11, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D., on May 8, 2015. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama won't stay at Chinese-owned hotel in New York, White House confirms

President Obama will break with tradition and will not stay at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel when the White House delegation visits New York City later this year for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, administration officials said Friday, fueling speculation that concerns over Chinese spying drove the change. Published September 11, 2015

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and others, stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, as a bugler plays "Taps" during a ceremony to observe the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obamas mark 9/11 with moment of silence

Exactly 14 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, began, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a moment of silence Friday to honor those who died that day. Published September 11, 2015

Obama mounts all-out push to sell Iran nuclear deal to Jews, skeptical public

President Obama found enough support in Congress to ensure survival of his nuclear deal with Iran, but he still has a steep hill to climb in convincing a skeptical American public -- and Jewish voters in particular -- that the agreement is in the best interests of both the U.S. and Israel. Published September 10, 2015

President Obama once again cast higher education as key to economic growth during a speech in Warren, Michigan, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Obama renews push for free higher education

President Obama on Wednesday renewed his push for two years of free community college for all Americans, saying the issue should be one that can bring Republicans and Democrats together at a time when the two sides are locked in a bitter budget showdown. Published September 9, 2015

Refugees walk along the railway tracks that connect Horgos and Szeged near the Hungary-Serbia border Tuesday. President Obama says the U.S. must do more to help the issue of Syrian refugees, but both Democrats and Republicans say he has been slow to act. (Associated Press)

Obama's muddy policy on Syria blamed for refugee crisis

The White House acknowledged Tuesday that the U.S., along with other nations across the Middle East and Europe, must do more to alleviate the worsening Syrian refugee crisis -- but that admission highlights how the administration often has seemed several steps behind as Syria sunk into chaos, a fact Republican critics, fellow Democrats and international leaders have pointed to in recent days and weeks. Published September 8, 2015

Obama visits with top newspaper executives raise questions about media fairness

Nearly seven years into his tenure, President Obama remains on friendly terms with some powerful figures in the media. In recent weeks, the president has gotten cozy with top executives at major U.S. newspapers, headlining a Democratic Party fundraiser at the home of Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun and dining at the Anchorage home of Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff during a three-day trek across the state last week. Published September 7, 2015