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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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In this photo released by G20 Australia and taken on Saturday Nov. 15, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama, right,  and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott hold koalas during a photo opportunity on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.  (AP Photo/G20 Australia, Andrew Taylor )

Koalas steal the show at G20 summit

At the G20 summit in Australia this weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed with other world leaders over Moscow's aggression against Ukraine — but Mr. Putin and his counterparts seemed to bond over the cuteness of Koala bears. Published November 16, 2014

US President Barack Obama speaks during an event with Young South Asian Youth Leaders at Yangon University in Yangon Myanmar, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Obama to pledge $3B to global climate fund: Report

As the G20 summit kicks off in Australia, President Obama reportedly will offer $3 billion to an international climate fund — a move that immediately sparked a backlash from congressional Republicans and energy industry groups. Published November 14, 2014

This May 24, 2012, file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Keystone pipeline: Obama bashes project while in Myanmar

In a direct shot at lawmakers set to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Obama bashed the project on Friday and said it will have no impact on U.S. gas prices and won't create as many as jobs as its supporters say. Published November 14, 2014

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping continued their talks at an economic summit in the capital city of Beijing. Despite the two nations vowing to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. Obama's detractors say that he should be pressing China harder on economic agreements that keep U.S. interests front and center. (Associated  Press)

Critics say Obama's China trip not yet a success

The White House touted a "breakthrough" and steps forward on key trade deals during President Obama's stay in Asia this week, but the most prized, consequential agreements the U.S. is seeking have yet to be finalized. Published November 13, 2014

working hand in hand: President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an unprecedented agreement to limit carbon emissions in an attempt to fight climate change. (Associated Press)

Obama climate change deal with China a stretch, analysts say

President Obama's climate deal with China could be derailed easily, analysts say, with the federal government's legal authority to limit emissions very much in doubt, questions about the auto industry's ability to meet fuel economy requirements and a brutal political fight with Republicans and the fossil fuels industry awaiting the administration as it implements a surprise plan. Published November 12, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, center, talk on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

Frosty foes: Obama, Putin talk Ukraine, Syria and Iran at Beijing summit

President Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin came face to face Tuesday while in Beijing, and the duo — known to have, at best, a frosty relationship — discussed a number of international crises during several conversations throughout the day. Published November 11, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks past U.S. President Barack Obama during the Aisa-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit family photo, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama in Beijing airs grievances with China

In Beijing, President Obama on Monday challenged China on human rights, intellectual property, freedom of the press, cyberhacking and a host of other hindrances to closer cooperation between the two economic superpowers. Published November 10, 2014

U.S., China visa deal a 'game-changer,' officials say

In what White House officials described as a "game-changer," President Obama on Monday announced a new visa deal with China designed to boost both countries' travel and tourism industries. Published November 10, 2014

President Obama disembarks Marine One to switch to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 7,  2014, for a trip to New York City and Greenwich, Conn. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama: 'We can't ever quit' on veterans

Months after his administration was rocked by scandal at the VA, President Obama on Saturday paid tribute to the nation's veterans and declared that the government and the American public "can't ever quit" on them. Published November 8, 2014