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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'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

President Obama pauses as he speaks in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a Champions of Change event highlighting issues important to working families. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Obama picks a fight with Florida Republicans on climate change

As he heads to the Everglades to mark Earth Day, President Obama is picking a fight with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on climate change — part of a broader White House effort to use the issue to help Democrats and hurt Republicans ahead of the 2016 elections. Published April 22, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington in this March 23, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

White House ignores Clinton Foundation questions

The White House on Monday refused to even acknowledge accusations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received preferential treatment from the Obama administration while Hillary Rodham Clinton ran the State Department. Published April 20, 2015

Islamic State militants raise their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

Administration sees wins in terror fight despite spread of militants

Despite deadly incidents in Libya and Afghanistan over the weekend, the White House said Monday it is "difficult to assess" whether the Islamic State terrorist group has moved beyond Iraq and Syria and now is operating in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Published April 20, 2015

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, said that it would be best to wait for the resolution of legal challenges to the EPA's Clean Power Act before implementing the plan. (Associated Press)

GOP calls for temporary halt to EPA's Clean Power Plan

Republicans' latest attempt to slow the Obama administration's climate change agenda calls for new regulations to be halted until all legal challenges are settled — an argument similar to the one President Obama has used when blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Published April 14, 2015