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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 Obama made clear in his veto threat that the administration will not go along with any legislation that furthers U.S. reliance on fossil fuels, and that stand comes despite the fact that the federal government's own data have shown ending the oil export ban could lower domestic gas prices. (Associated Press)

Obama stands firm against lifting oil export ban despite potential economic benefits

By threatening to veto a bill greenlighting oil exports, President Obama last week sent a powerful message to Congress and to the American public: The administration is unlikely to sign off on any measures expanding fossil fuel production and sales, even if those measures carry economic benefits for the U.S. and national security benefits for key allies around the world. Published October 11, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd after he speaks, during Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in  Washington, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

Joe Biden clings to Obama record, boasts that he 'administered' stimulus package

As he ponders a White House run in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Thursday clung to President Obama's record on everything from health care to the auto industry bailout, boasting that he single-handedly "administered" the administration's $800 billion stimulus package and even calling it the most "competently run program" in American history. Published October 8, 2015

President Obama speaks to a group of state legislators in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in part of the White House complex in Washington on Sept. 30, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama threatens to veto bill allowing U.S. oil exports

President Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto a House bill that would end the nation's 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open international markets to abundant American fuel. Published October 7, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy attends a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

EPA blocking legal challenges to power-plant regulations, 14 states charge

A coalition of 14 states charged Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is holding up legal reviews of highly controversial restrictions on carbon pollution, essentially leaving states powerless as the climate-change rules move closer to implementation. Published October 7, 2015

President Obama speaks about the Oregon shootings and his agenda for gun control.

Businesses hear Obama's pitch on TPP

President Obama has launched what promises to be a monthslong public relations push to get skeptical lawmakers on board with a controversial trade deal between the U.S. and Pacific nations, and he used a brief speech at the Agriculture Department Tuesday to recruit top business leaders to help promote the landmark agreement. Published October 6, 2015

Max Schrems, left, and his lawyer Herwig Hofmann, right, walk in the hallway at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Europe's highest court has ruled in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU voids data-sharing deal for U.S. firms

Europe's top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers isn't adequately protected because of government spying, a giant blow to companies such as Facebook and Google that had relied on a 15-year-old data-sharing agreement with the European Union and now may be forced to change the way they handle private data and user records. Published October 6, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary's University.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House searches for 'single-issue voters' on gun rights

The Obama administration wants voters across the country to only weigh gun rights and gun-safety legislation when considering who to support, saying it's necessary for proponents of new firearms restrictions to show the same passion Second Amendment activists are known for. Published October 5, 2015

President Obama addressed the country hours after a gunman killed nine and wounded more than a dozen at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Despite Obama's passion, little movement seen on guns

For the 15th time in his nearly seven years in office, President Obama last week consoled the nation and demanded action on gun-control legislation — but America's most recent mass shooting likely will serve as another reminder that the president's bully pulpit simply isn't powerful enough to drive change on the complex, contentious issue of Second Amendment rights. Published October 4, 2015

A new EPA proposal would lower the current national ozone standard for automobiles from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. Environmentalist are calling for even more stringent pollution caps. (Associated Press)

EPA tightens ozone standard, sets off fight with business groups

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday tightened the federal ozone standard, dismissing the concerns of powerful business groups and setting off a regulatory and legal fight that will last for the remainder of President Obama's time in office. Published October 1, 2015