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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

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama is traveling to Jamaica first before going to Summit of the America meeting in Panama, which begins Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Fewer children crossing border, but challenges remain

Nearly a year after the flood of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S. border reached crisis proportions, President Obama this week heads to a key summit in Panama amid concerns the administration hasn't done enough to address the root causes of the problem. Published April 8, 2015

FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Obama phones key senator to sell Iran deal

President Obama continues trying to sell a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many of whom back legislation that would give Congress final authority over whether the agreement is implemented. Published April 8, 2015

Police Chief Eddie Driggers, right, and Mayor Keith Summey, back, leave after a news conference about the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on Saturday.  The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

White House: South Carolina shooting video 'awfully hard to watch'

The White House said Wednesday video footage showing a white South Carolina police officer appearing to shoot a black suspect in the back multiple times is "awfully hard to watch" and demonstrates why officers should wear body cameras. Published April 8, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Howard University in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Obama visited the university's medical center to discuss the impact of climate change on public health and steps his administration is taking to reduce the health impacts of climate change on communities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's new climate effort stresses health impacts

With his top aides hailing him as the "greenest president" in history, President Obama on Tuesday launched a new effort to highlight the impacts of climate change on Americans' health, the latest attempt to justify this administration's unprecedented environmental agenda. Published April 7, 2015

President Obama's warming relations with Cuban President Raul Castro have drawn fire from political opponents, namely Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and a Cuban-American, who says Mr. Obama's embracing Mr. Castro sends "the wrong kind of message." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Shake, smoke or hug — how might Obama greet Cuba's Castro?

Four months after announcing a historic diplomatic thaw with Cuba, and with key questions about the future of the two nations' relationship still unanswered, President Obama will come face-to-face with the leader of the communist island later this week at a top-level summit in Panama. Published April 7, 2015

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Russian cyberhack not confirmed by White House

White House officials Tuesday would not confirm a CNN report saying Russian hackers were behind a high-profile cyberattack on the State Department and the White House. Published April 7, 2015

Holding anti-US and anti-Israeli placards, Iranian worshippers attend a rally after their Friday prayers to condemn Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 3, 2015. The placards at right reads: "Death to the Saudi family." (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Obama says nuclear deal can't make Iran recognize Israel

President Obama said Monday it would be a "fundamental misjudgment" to try and force Iran to recognize Israel's right to exist, or to make such a demand as part of broader negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Published April 6, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of explicitly calling on Congress to stop the deal in its tracks, but he did make clear that, in his opinion, the agreement in its current form endangers Israel and guarantees that Iran will remain a destructive force in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Benjamin Netanyahu, Republicans take aim at Obama's nuclear deal with Iran

Fallout from the Obama administration's preliminary nuclear deal with Iran stretched from Capitol Hill to Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, with lawmakers vowing to push ahead with legislation that would give them, not the president, the final say on whether the agreement crosses the finish line. Published April 5, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Republican governors unwittingly recruited by biofuels lobby

Texas governors have not been fans of the federal government's renewable fuels mandate, so it was a surprise to Gov. Greg Abbott when he discovered this week the Governors' Biofuels Coalition has been listing him as a key member of the group. Published April 2, 2015