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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, Kentucky, testifies that coal fired power plants are a danger to public health, on the first of two days of public hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in Denver, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. In hearings, hundreds of people across the country are telling the EPA its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EPA hears testimony on proposed carbon emissions rules

The atmosphere outside was festive, with music, free T-shirts and ice cream giveaways, but the mood inside the Environmental Protection Agency's first hearings on its proposed power plant regulations was anything but. Published July 29, 2014

President Barack Obama and White House counselor John Podesta, left, walk across the ellipse in Washington as they head towards the Dept. of Interior, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Obama and Podesta also walked back to the White House after a signing a proclamation regarding the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House: No choice but to act now on climate change

The Obama administration released a comprehensive new report Tuesday in an attempt to justify its controversial actions on climate change, and also will roll out new executive moves to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Published July 29, 2014

U.S. President Ronald Reagan gestures as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev looks on after their third session of talks at the Hofdi in Reykjavik, Oct. 12, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Russia in violation of 1987 missile treaty, White House says

In what could lead to further deterioration of the U.S.-Russia relationship, the White House said Monday that Moscow stands in violation of a 1987 treaty prohibiting the possession, production or use of intermediate-range cruise missiles. Published July 28, 2014

Fighters from the Islamist Misarata brigade have been battling for two weeks near Tripoli International Airport in an attempt to wrest control from a powerful rival militia. (Associated Press)

Libya now nation at risk with weak U.S. influence; embassy closes as chaos grows

With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America's influence in the world has waned considerably. Published July 27, 2014

Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to President Obama, speaks at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington on July 25. (Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor)

White House adviser on 2016: Rand Paul more viable than Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz "is deeply out of step" with the American people and would face an uphill battle for president in 2016, while Sen. Rand Paul and his libertarian message may present a challenge for Democrats, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday. Published July 25, 2014

President Obama in a speech Thursday that U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens," and he called on Congress to close corporate tax loopholes. (Associated Press)

Obama urges Congress to close corporate tax loopholes

With other pieces of his economic agenda such as a minimum wage increase stalled, President Obama turned his attention to corporate taxes Thursday and said U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens." Published July 24, 2014

President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with a customer at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, where he made a surprise appearance on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. (AP Photo)

Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'

With other pieces of his economic agenda such as a minimum wage increase stalled, President Obama turned his attention to corporate taxes Thursday and said U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens." Published July 24, 2014

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, bipartisan job-training legislation which aims to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs

House Republicans may be suing President Obama for executive overreach, but for one day at least, members of the GOP joined the president at the White House Tuesday as the administration announced a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's job-training programs. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Earlier he attended fundraising events in New York City. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

International crises be damned, Obama's fundraising trip must go on

Amid increasing violence in the Middle East and questions still swirling around the aircraft shot down over Ukraine last week, the White House is not considering canceling President Obama's upcoming trip to the West Coast for Democratic party fundraisers. Published July 21, 2014

Two sides: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has called publicly for President Obama not to send immigrant children back to their home countries but privately urged a White House official not to house them at a site in Maryland. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigration crisis poses quandary for Democrats

Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are showing divisions over how to handle the surge of illegal immigrant children, underscoring how quickly the immigration issue has gone from what they thought was a guaranteed political winner to an electoral headache. Published July 16, 2014

**FILE** The Tappan Zee Bridge is seen May 14, 2014, from a helicopter traveling with President Obama in Tarrytown, N.Y., where he will discuss the need for a 21st century transportation infrastructure. (Associated Press)

Obama to take executive actions on infrastructure this week

With just weeks remaining before federal funding for road and bridge repair dries up, President Obama will take new executive actions this week to spur infrastructure investment from the private sector, the White House announced Monday. Published July 14, 2014