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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

Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her silence on the burgeoning controversy shortly before midnight Wednesday by posting a note on her private Twitter account. "I want the public to see my email," she wrote. "I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." (Associated Press)

White House: 'No idea' when Obama learned of Clinton email scandal

Despite reports the White House learned six months ago that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email server during her time as secretary of state, administration officials said Friday they have "no idea" when President Obama learned of the situation. Published March 6, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks before he participates in a town-hall meeting at Benedict College, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C., about the importance of community involvement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama warns Ferguson: Clean up your act or face federal lawsuit

Days after the Justice Department issued a scathing review of police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama on Friday said the embattled city "will now have to make a decision" to either end discriminatory practices or face a federal lawsuit. Published March 6, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA chief: 'Climate change is not a religion'

Seeking a 6 percent budget increase in the upcoming fiscal year, Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy on Wednesday assured skeptical Republicans her efforts will be driven solely by science and won't be beholden to any political ideology. Published March 4, 2015

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her phone after attending a U.S.-Russia meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 23, 2010. The revelation that Mrs. Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has raised fresh questions about her credibility heading into 2016. (Associated Press)

Hidden Clinton emails taint Obama transparency vow, boost Benghazi probe

Hillary Clinton's use of an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has eroded the Obama administration's claims of transparency — giving new momentum to Republicans investigating the Benghazi affair and raising fresh questions about Mrs. Clinton's credibility heading into 2016. Published March 3, 2015

At a town hall meeting, President Obama threatened to veto legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Republican critics called the event, which was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, nothing more than a "choreographed, partisan event." (Associated Press)

Obama says he won't be deterred by 'one federal judge' on immigration

A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won't be stopped by "one federal judge," telling a Miami crowd he'll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. Published February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Veto threats continue: Obama vows to block GOP education bill

A day after blocking legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Obama on Wednesday continued to issue veto threats at a record pace, this time vowing to stop a Republican-backed education reform bill. Published February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Obama to create center for 'connecting the dots' on cyberthreats

President Obama on Wednesday said he'll establish a new "Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center" aimed at coordinating ongoing federal efforts to counter hackers and other cyber threats aimed at the U.S. government and private industry. Published February 25, 2015

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