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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

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a plenary session of an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 19, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Putin calls Obama; two discuss Islamic State, Ukraine

On a joyous day that saw the validation of Obamacare by the Supreme Court and the passage of key trade legislation, President Obama also received a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said Thursday night. Published June 25, 2015

GAO hits Obama administration on renewable energy projects: audit

The Obama administration is feverishly pushing the U.S. to embrace wind and solar energy but isn't doing nearly enough to ensure the eventual cleanup of the sites it has leased for renewable power projects, a government watchdog said this week. Published June 24, 2015

FILE - In this April 3, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama walks through a solar array at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to speak about clean energy. The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows. The annual report released early Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Europe by Paris-based REN21, a non-profit group that promotes renewable energy, underscored how China, the world’s top consumer of coal, has become a global leader in clean energy, too. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Solar, wind projects could cost taxpayers millions: report

Lawmakers on Wednesday demanded accountability from the Obama administration after an investigation found the federal government routinely fails to secure proper bonding from wind and solar project developers, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars. Published June 24, 2015

In this June 17, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama looks out as he sits on stage as Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during her investiture ceremony at the Warner Theatre in Washington. Critics have long predicted that Obama’s policy to shift America’s focus toward Asia is doomed. The legislative battle over his trade agenda could prove the acid test.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trade deal overcomes filibuster

Pro-trade senators surmounted yet another filibuster test Tuesday, setting a package of free-trade bills on the path to President Obama's desk by the end of this week -- unless House Democrats decide to embarrass their party leader once more. Published June 23, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, disputing energy industry estimates, argues that average Americans ultimately will see lower electric bills as a result of regulations under President Obama's climate change agenda. (Associated Press)

Obama threatens veto of bill to limit EPA regulations

President Obama on Tuesday night threatened to veto legislation that would slow -- and potentially stop -- the administration's controversial plan to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. Published June 23, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. Earnest discussed President Barack Obama's podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: Up to Republicans to deliver full trade package

White House officials Tuesday would not give a firm answer on whether President Obama would sign Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) without also receiving the other pieces of his trade agenda and said it's up to Republican leaders on Capitol Hill to get the full package past the finish line. Published June 23, 2015

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, soldiers assigned to 6th Engineer Battalion use snow shoes during Arctic Light Individual Training on the Bulldog Trail in sub-zero conditions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. ALIT is the United States Army Alaska's Cold Weather Indoctrination program. It gives all soldiers, regardless of their job, the foundation to successfully work, train, and go to war in some of the harshest environments in the world. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Justin Connaher)

Obama forcing military to measure Arctic ice levels

Though stretched thin by the aftermath of two wars and the current fight against the Islamic State, the Obama administration has enlisted the Pentagon to measure the shrinking ice in the Arctic in the latest example of the president's climate agenda being extended to the military. Published June 22, 2015

Pope Francis wrote an encyclical this week saying that the use of fossil fuels is leading to an increase in worldwide global warming, which came as welcome news for President Obama and the environmental movement, however, Catholic politicians, especially Democrats, are left to walk a tight line on how to reconcile the pontiff's proclamations with voters. (associated press)

GOP says pope's climate stance is anti-business

Pope Francis' stunning encyclical calling for a massive upheaval of the world economy to combat global warming provided fuel for President Obama and climate change activists but posed a tougher challenge for Catholic politicians who were left to grapple with the pontiff's stern call to arms. Published June 18, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, hugs her husband former President Bill Clinton after speaking to supporters Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bill Clinton on Republican presidential field: 'They're no dummies'

Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday cautioned against underestimating the current GOP presidential field and said he believes that power brokers within the party ultimately will settle on one candidate they believe has the best chance to win. Published June 14, 2015

Besides trying to salvage the crucial trade deal, Mr. Obama is awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court that could unravel Obamacare, and he is racing against a June 30 deadline to reach a deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. (Associated Press)

Obama fights for Asia trade deal with relevance hanging in the balance

If President Obama somehow persuades dozens of Democratic lawmakers to change their minds by Tuesday night and vote with him on a second attempt to pass trade legislation, he will rescue an agreement that is designed to be the centerpiece of his foreign policy shift toward Asia. Published June 14, 2015