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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

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Boehner needs to 'do his job' and pass trade authority: White House

The Obama administration said Tuesday it is the responsibility of House Speaker John A. Boehner to push trade promotion authority through his chamber, rejecting the notion that President Obama needs other high-profile Democrats such as Hillary Clinton to help nudge the legislation across the finish line. Published May 5, 2015

President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Alliance is an outgrowth of his year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative, which has focused on federal government policies and grants designed to increase access to education and jobs. Mr. Obama has spoken out on recent events in Baltimore, which he says highlights the need for greater relations between the police and communities of color. (The Daily News via Associated Press)

Obama likely to focus on race relations post-presidency

President Obama still has 20 months left in the Oval Office, but he appears to be laying the groundwork for his post-presidential career — a focus on racial reconciliation and improving economic opportunity for young blacks and Latinos. Published May 4, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities through mentoring and business partnerships. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama blasts media coverage of Baltimore riots

President Obama on Monday took a shot at the media for its coverage of last week's violence in Baltimore, saying news outlets too often focus only on looters and rioters rather than on those who are trying to solve the complex problems plaguing America's cities. Published May 4, 2015

FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Monday, May 4, 2015. Police shot and killed the men after they opened fire on a security officer outside the suburban Dallas venue, which was hosting provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons Sunday night, authorities said. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Obama condemns shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest

The White House on Monday condemned a shooting at a controversial cartoon contest in Texas, saying that while Muslims may have found the event offensive there is no justification for violence. Published May 4, 2015

President Barack Obama hosts a lunch with My Brother's Keeper mentees in the Map Room of the White House in Washington int his Feb. 27, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama to expand My Brother's Keeper program

Days after racial tensions bubbled to the surface and led to violence on the streets of Baltimore, President Obama on Monday will speak about the educational and economic challenges facing young men of color and also will announce an expansion of his signature My Brother's Keeper initiative. Published May 4, 2015

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces challenges in prosecuting the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. (Associated Press)

Democrats, Republicans blame each other for Baltimore mayhem

As Baltimore moves on from a week that saw riots, curfews and charges against six police officers, a new political fight erupted Sunday, with Republicans and Democrats trading shots over who is responsible for the extreme poverty gripping America's inner cities. Published May 3, 2015

** FILE ** President Obama points to a member of the audience at a meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, May 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama veto threats irk GOP

President Obama this year has taken veto threats to unprecedented heights, setting a new record while vowing to block a host of GOP-backed bills that span the political spectrum. Published May 3, 2015

This July 8, 2013, file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press, File)

U.S., Canada beef up rail car safety

In response to a rash of recent crashes, U.S. and Canadian officials Friday announced new safety standards for rail cars transporting flammable liquids, including crude oil. Published May 1, 2015

Some of Mr. Obama's most ardent supporters say they simply cannot go along with the administration's increasingly ambitious program to combat global warming. (Associated Press)

Blacks, Hispanics reject Obama climate change agenda over concerns about poor

The very same voters who helped put Barack Obama in the White House increasingly are turning against the president's climate change agenda, with influential black and Hispanic leaders warning that stiff regulations to limit carbon emissions will have a devastating effect on the poor and will further stifle economic opportunity for minorities. Published April 30, 2015

Obama rips House Republicans' budget bills over spending limits

With House Republicans set to move two key appropriations bills this week, the White House has come out swinging with a public relations offensive picking apart the Republican budget line by line — an indication that President Obama will take a tougher stance on spending this time and could be cracking the door to another government shutdown fight. Published April 27, 2015

President Obama's job approval rating of 46.4 percent puts him in the company of President Reagan, whose approval rating also hovered around 46 percent at the same point in his presidency. (Associated Press)

Obama equals Ronald Reagan popularity as economy, gas prices boost job approval

President Obama has reached Reagan-like levels of popularity in the twilight of his tenure, but analysts say his bounce can be attributed largely to the fact that he is fading into the political background as the next presidential race kicks into high gear and as Congress claims a surprising number of concrete legislative accomplishments. Published April 26, 2015