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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

** FILE ** Work has begun on the Keystone XL pipeline near Winona, Texas, but whether it will ever carry oil sands from central Canada to Gulf Coast refineries awaits a decision by President Obama. (Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph via Associated Press)

Senate panel clears bill to build Keystone XL pipeline

A Senate committee voted Wednesday to cut President Obama out of the process to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but another powerful Democrat still stands in the way of the project — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published June 18, 2014

Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, has called Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. an Obama "puppet." (Associated Press)

Congress aims to bypass Obama on Keystone pipeline

The movement to bypass President Obama and approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline through congressional action has more momentum than ever, with a key Senate committee set to vote later this week on a bill to greenlight the massive Canada-to-Texas project. Published June 16, 2014

Obama intervenes in Philly's regional rail strike

Regional rail lines in greater Philadelphia were back up and running Sunday after President Obama stepped into a dispute between labor and management and ordered more than 400 engineers and electricians back to work. Published June 15, 2014

Progressive populist: To her supporters, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gives a voice to frustrated voters who feel the leaders of both major political parties are too closely aligned with the rich and powerful. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren assumes helm of populist wing of Democratic Party

She has flatly stated she won't run for president in 2016, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren nonetheless is emerging as one of her party's most influential members, armed with a potent message of economic populism that has rapidly made her a hero to many on the progressive left. Published June 15, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One in Bismarck, N.D. June 13, 2014 after arriving on Air Force One there for his trip to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.  (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

Obama uses Father's Day as vehicle to push minimum-wage hike

Arguing the federal government must do all it can to ensure families are financially secure, President Obama on Saturday used the upcoming Father's Day holiday to push a minimum-wage hike and other pieces of his economic agenda. Published June 14, 2014

President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, prior to boarding the Marine One Helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto North Dakota and California. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: No combat troops in Iraq; 'We can't do it for them'

President Obama said Friday the U.S. will not send troops into Iraq to fend off a burgeoning Islamic insurgency and stressed it is now time for the Iraqis to take full responsibility for their own security. Published June 13, 2014

Drones are about to be used for much more than military missions, and states already are preparing. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

States not waiting for feds on drone privacy

The Obama administration is far behind schedule integrating drones into the national airspace and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are struggling to move legislation governing the craft, but a dozen states already have enacted regulations and laid out in detail how drones can and can't be used by law enforcement agencies and other entities. Published June 12, 2014

White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Earnest answered questions including on the recent soldier deaths in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House outing of CIA officer results in no punishments

After inadvertently outing the CIA's top officer in Kabul last month, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston has recommended specific changes to administration protocol while the president is traveling abroad. However, a White House spokesman also said that nobody has been punished for naming the individual in a release that goes to hundreds of U.S. and foreign news outlets. Published June 11, 2014

President Barack Obama listens to a question submitted on Tumblr, read by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp, left, during a Tumblr forum, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama says America 'should be ashamed' of its gun laws

Despite virtually no legislation on gun control and little hope for a breakthrough, President Obama made clear this week he still sees the issue as a top priority in his second term, publicly chastising lawmakers and gun-rights advocates and telling them they "should be ashamed" of U.S. firearms laws. Published June 10, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at an event honoring the NCAA Basketball Champion UConn Huskies Men's and Women's Basketball teams, and their 2014 NCAA Championships, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama uses executive authority to ease student loan burdens

President Obama on Monday used his executive authority to offer college graduates some relief from crushing student loan debt and took pointed shots at Republicans, whom he again accused of favoring oil companies and billionaires over America's struggling middle class. Published June 9, 2014

President Obama has vehemently defended his decision to swap five Taliban guerrillas for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but the president may no longer have control over the narrative and likely will face increasingly intense questioning over the deal. (Associated Press)

President Obama under bipartisan attack over Bergdahl exchange

While abroad in Europe last week, President Obama vehemently defended his decision to swap five Taliban guerrillas for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but upon returning home to Washington over the weekend, the president may no longer have control over the narrative and likely will face increasingly intense questioning over the deal. Published June 8, 2014