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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 Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Howard University in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Obama visited the university's medical center to discuss the impact of climate change on public health and steps his administration is taking to reduce the health impacts of climate change on communities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's new climate effort stresses health impacts

With his top aides hailing him as the "greenest president" in history, President Obama on Tuesday launched a new effort to highlight the impacts of climate change on Americans' health, the latest attempt to justify this administration's unprecedented environmental agenda. Published April 7, 2015

President Obama's warming relations with Cuban President Raul Castro have drawn fire from political opponents, namely Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and a Cuban-American, who says Mr. Obama's embracing Mr. Castro sends "the wrong kind of message." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Shake, smoke or hug — how might Obama greet Cuba's Castro?

Four months after announcing a historic diplomatic thaw with Cuba, and with key questions about the future of the two nations' relationship still unanswered, President Obama will come face-to-face with the leader of the communist island later this week at a top-level summit in Panama. Published April 7, 2015

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Russian cyberhack not confirmed by White House

White House officials Tuesday would not confirm a CNN report saying Russian hackers were behind a high-profile cyberattack on the State Department and the White House. Published April 7, 2015

Holding anti-US and anti-Israeli placards, Iranian worshippers attend a rally after their Friday prayers to condemn Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 3, 2015. The placards at right reads: "Death to the Saudi family." (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Obama says nuclear deal can't make Iran recognize Israel

President Obama said Monday it would be a "fundamental misjudgment" to try and force Iran to recognize Israel's right to exist, or to make such a demand as part of broader negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Published April 6, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of explicitly calling on Congress to stop the deal in its tracks, but he did make clear that, in his opinion, the agreement in its current form endangers Israel and guarantees that Iran will remain a destructive force in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

Benjamin Netanyahu, Republicans take aim at Obama's nuclear deal with Iran

Fallout from the Obama administration's preliminary nuclear deal with Iran stretched from Capitol Hill to Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, with lawmakers vowing to push ahead with legislation that would give them, not the president, the final say on whether the agreement crosses the finish line. Published April 5, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Republican governors unwittingly recruited by biofuels lobby

Texas governors have not been fans of the federal government's renewable fuels mandate, so it was a surprise to Gov. Greg Abbott when he discovered this week the Governors' Biofuels Coalition has been listing him as a key member of the group. Published April 2, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015,  about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as an "historic" agreement that could pave the way for a final deal that would leave the U.S., its allies and the world safer.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama condemns Kenya terrorist attack

President Obama on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack at a Kenyan university that has claimed at least 70 lives. Published April 2, 2015

In this March 19, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama, flanked by senior adviser Brian Deese, left, and Christina Goldfuss, managing director of the Council on Environmental Quality, speaks at Energy Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama to cut U.S. greenhouse gases by 26% over 10 years in proposal to U.N.

President Obama on Tuesday announced a new U.S. promise to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but the White House will face many of the same roadblocks it is encountering with Iran nuclear negotiations, as Congress demands a final say in whatever climate deal the president tries to sign. Published March 31, 2015