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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 ** President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Earlier he attended fundraising events in New York City. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

International crises be damned, Obama's fundraising trip must go on

Amid increasing violence in the Middle East and questions still swirling around the aircraft shot down over Ukraine last week, the White House is not considering canceling President Obama's upcoming trip to the West Coast for Democratic party fundraisers. Published July 21, 2014

Two sides: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has called publicly for President Obama not to send immigrant children back to their home countries but privately urged a White House official not to house them at a site in Maryland. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigration crisis poses quandary for Democrats

Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are showing divisions over how to handle the surge of illegal immigrant children, underscoring how quickly the immigration issue has gone from what they thought was a guaranteed political winner to an electoral headache. Published July 16, 2014

Obama to bypass Congress on infrastructure repair

With the House and Senate scrambling to act before the Highway Trust Fund runs dry, the White House on Monday said President Obama will bypass lawmakers and use an executive action to repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure. Published July 14, 2014

Arab-American group to boycott Obama's Ramadan dinner

Citing America's support for Israel and its alleged spying on Muslims, a powerful Arab-American group has called for a boycott of Monday night's annual Iftar dinner at the White House. Published July 14, 2014

**FILE** The Tappan Zee Bridge is seen May 14, 2014, from a helicopter traveling with President Obama in Tarrytown, N.Y., where he will discuss the need for a 21st century transportation infrastructure. (Associated Press)

Obama to take executive actions on infrastructure this week

With just weeks remaining before federal funding for road and bridge repair dries up, President Obama will take new executive actions this week to spur infrastructure investment from the private sector, the White House announced Monday. Published July 14, 2014

FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo shows young detainees being escorted to an area to make phone calls as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. Thousands of immigrant children crossing alone into the U.S. can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work here for years without consequences. The chief reasons are an overburdened, deeply flawed system of immigration courts and a 2002 law intended to protect children's welfare, an Associated Press investigation finds. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

White House sticks by 'plan A' to handle illegal immigrant children

Even though House Republicans have declared it all but dead, President Obama's $3.7 billion plan to deal with the flood of illegal immigrant children coming across the border remains "plan A" and should be embraced by Congress, the White House said Monday. Published July 14, 2014

President Obama hugs Staten Island resident Debbie Ingenito shortly after Superstorm Sandy's devastation in October 2012. Critics have decried his recent decision not to visit the Texas-Mexico border with Gov. Rick Perry, which the president dismissed as a mere political "photo op" rather than a real solution to the ongoing crisis at the state's southern frontier. (associated press)

Obama says he prefers results, not photo opportunites

Images of presidents at the Berlin Wall, ground zero in New York and, more recently, the New Jersey boardwalk devastated by Superstorm Sandy often are more important than words, specialists say, and aid commanders in chief in being seen as true leaders dedicated to comforting victims — rallying the nation following a tragedy or confronting crises. Published July 13, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Sunday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

Obama's 'blank check' rejected as border solution

Not even a week after it was offered, President Obama's $3.7 billion plan to deal with the growing crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border appears all but dead, with Republican lawmakers Sunday decrying the administration's "blank check" proposal and instead calling for a more targeted response centered on greater border security. Published July 13, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama blasts GOP, ignores immigration crisis in Texas speech

President Obama on Thursday had plenty to say about how he believes the Republican party is blocking prosperity and economic growth, but said virtually nothing about the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, less than 300 miles from the very spot where the president spoke. Published July 10, 2014