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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

With President Obama leading the way, the G-7 Thursday committed to adopting a "global agreement" on climate change in the next year. Earlier this week, the EPA released new regulations designed to cut carbon emission by 30 percent by 2030. (Associated Press)

G-7 commits to adopting 'global' climate change agreement

President Obama on Thursday doubled down on his quest to save the world from climate change, urging every nation to "do its share" to reduce carbon emissions and follow the highly controversial path the White House is forging here in the U.S. Published June 5, 2014

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. Bergdahl was freed on Saturday after five years in captivity, and exchanged for the five Guantanamo detainees who were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country which has served as a mediator in the negotiations for the swap. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Lawmakers say fear for Bergdahl's life is no excuse for Obama's secrecy

Obama administration officials said Thursday that they feared the Islamic militants holding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would kill him if word of their deal to exchange him for five Taliban fighters leaked — offering the latest justification in the face of growing political controversy over why President Obama sidestepped Congress to make the trade Saturday. Published June 5, 2014

Biden, McCain to head U.S. team at Ukraine inauguration

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and other U.S. officials will travel to Kiev on Saturday to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko, the White House announced Thursday. Published June 5, 2014

President Barack Obama British Prime Minister David Cameron speak during a news conference at the G7 summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama opens door for 'businesslike' meeting with Putin

Saying he's always had a "businesslike" relationship with Vladimir Putin, President Obama on Thursday opened the door to meet with the Russian leader when the two men visit Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing. Published June 5, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.   Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty, a faceoff that could further strain U.S.-Moscow relations and dampen President Barack Obama's hopes to add deeper cuts in nuclear arsenals to his legacy.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Still no plans for Obama-Putin meeting this week, White House says

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany all plan to meet with President Vladimir Putin later this week at events marking the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, but the White House says President Obama has no plans to talk with the Russian leader. Published June 4, 2014


Obama uses gray area for Bowe Bergdahl decision

For a commander in chief who's always been somewhat ill at ease with the ambiguities of the war on terror, this weekend's "prisoner swap" with the Taliban was the latest instance of President Obama trying to figure out when to treat it like a traditional war, and when to deem it a 21st-century conflict that breaks many of the rules of regular warfare. Published June 3, 2014

Democrats use Pope Francis to sell EPA carbon rule

A Democratic senator said Monday that President Obama's controversial new carbon pollution rule is part of a "moral duty" to protect the Earth — a goal shared by Pope Francis. Published June 2, 2014

**FILE** Steam rises from the stacks of Basin Electric's Laramie River Station coal-fired power plant near Wheatland, Wyo., on Feb. 11, 2014. (Associated Press/The Casper Star-Tribune, Alan Rogers)

EPA tells states: Cut carbon pollution by 30 percent over next 15 years

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed unprecedented regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent over the next 15 years, saddling states with the responsibility of figuring out how to meet President Obama's ambitious and highly controversial climate change goals. Published June 2, 2014

FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. The Obama administration on Monday, June 2, 2014, will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

EPA eyeing 30 percent emissions cut for power plants

Having failed to ram a key piece of his climate agenda through Congress in 2010, President Obama on Monday will endorse far-reaching new restrictions on carbon pollution widely expected to push states to embrace cap-and-trade-style systems. Published June 1, 2014

**FILE** President Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office on July 29, 2013. (Chuck Kennedy/White House)

Obama had secret lunch with Hillary Clinton on Thursday

Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the White House on Thursday and had lunch with President Obama — a meeting that was not part of the president's daily schedule and was only acknowledged by the White House after People magazine revealed it in a tweet. Published May 29, 2014

**FILE** John Podesta (Associated Press)

White House touts energy record ahead of new coal regs

Less than a week before releasing far-reaching new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the White House and its environmentalist allies on Thursday launched a preemptive attack against critics of its energy policy. Published May 29, 2014