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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, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner (left), Ohio Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

Obama lobbies Congress, defends plan for Syria strike

Meeting with top lawmakers at the White House, President Obama on Tuesday morning defended his plan for a "proportional" response against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and pledged to continue working with Congress to achieve at least some level of consensus on military action. Published September 3, 2013

**FILE** Former Rep. Allen B. West (Associated Press)

Ex-Rep. Allen West calls out Obama over Oklahoma killing

After President Obama waded into the Trayvon Martin shooting death and subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman, critics of the president wonder whether he'll also address the senseless killing of an Australian college student in Oklahoma last week. Published August 21, 2013

Beau Biden (AP Photo)

Beau Biden at Texas cancer center: report

After bouts of disorientation and other health problems, Beau Biden now is under evaluation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, according to The Associated Press. Published August 21, 2013

Christopher Lane was fatally shot on a street in Duncan, Okla. The Australian was attending college on a baseball scholarship in the U.S. and was visiting his girlfriend. (Essendon Baseball Club via Associated Press)

Double standard seen in white man's killing

Five days after an Australian college student was gunned down by a trio of "bored" Oklahoma teens, the political and social reverberations continue to build across the nation and abroad. Published August 21, 2013

President Obama speaks at a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama to face heat on fracking on New York trip

President Obama plans to use his visit to upstate New York later this week to talk up his new initiative to make college more affordable. But he's also stepping into the epicenter of the nationwide debate over fracking, the controversial drilling method loathed by environmentalists yet responsible for huge increases in American oil and natural gas production. Published August 21, 2013

Howard Dean

Howard Dean offers clues of a 2016 White House run

With a visit to Iowa on Wednesday and New Hampshire next month, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is fueling speculation that he'll mount a second run for president in 2016. Published August 21, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, in Nashville. (Associated Press)

Sen. Lamar Alexander gets primary challenger in Joe Carr

Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr announced Tuesday he'll mount a challenge to two-term incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander, the state's former governor who also served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush. Published August 20, 2013