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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

In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama calls on Iran to release Americans

Even as he pursues a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama on Friday called on Iranian leaders to release four Americans being held in the Middle Eastern country. Published March 20, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Elizabeth Warren support grows as Hillary Clinton email scandal breeds skeptics

With Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers sagging and questions about her honesty and integrity creeping into the presidential race, analysts say it's an ideal time for a Democratic challenger to make a move — and a growing number of influential liberals want that challenger to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Published March 18, 2015

Steam from the Jeffrey Energy Center coal-fired power plant near St. Marys, Kan., is silhouetted against the setting sun on March 8, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA 'burning the Constitution' with carbon rules, Harvard scholar says

As President Obama moves ahead with unprecedented restrictions on the nation's power plants, a leading Harvard Law School scholar says the administration's approach is akin to "burning the Constitution" in an effort to advance environmental goals. Published March 17, 2015

A silhouetted President Barack Obama waves after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama is in New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Clinton email scandal shows Obama is blind to government foibles, analysts say

President Obama has dealt another blow to his credibility and deepened Americans' lack of trust in government with his handling of the Hillary Rodham Clinton email scandal, analysts say, with the White House simultaneously ducking tough questions about the former secretary of state while passing the buck to the State Department and other agencies. Published March 12, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Tuesday, March 10, 2015,  about his plan to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt. More than 40 million Americans are in debt thanks to their education, and most of their loans come from Uncle Sam. So President Barack Obama is aiming to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt with a presidential memorandum he signed Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Obama tackles college debt by announcing a 'student aid bill of rights'

President Obama said Tuesday that the federal government must play a greater role in helping students manage college debt by establishing a "student aid bill of rights" that puts restrictions on lenders in the name of making higher education more affordable. Published March 10, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, discusses seating arrangements for a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of nuclear negotiations on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama admin. blasts GOP letter to Iran, says Republicans want 'war'

The Obama administration on Monday accused Senate Republicans of looking for war and undermining U.S. negotiations with Iran, charging that the GOP fundamentally misunderstands its role by acting outside "the role our Founding Fathers envisioned Congress to play when it comes to foreign policy." Published March 9, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the National League of Cities annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015. Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, the president is calling on employers, educational institutions and local governments to ramp up training and hiring of high-technology in an effort to drive up higher-income employment.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama touts program to close high-tech skills gap, boost wages

Calling high-tech jobs "a ticket into the middle class," President Obama on Monday announced a new initiative aimed at training workers for high-paying 21st century jobs and said the government will partner with local leaders, private companies and colleges to drive more than 500,000 Americans toward better salaries. Published March 9, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her silence on the burgeoning controversy shortly before midnight Wednesday by posting a note on her private Twitter account. "I want the public to see my email," she wrote. "I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." (Associated Press)

White House: 'No idea' when Obama learned of Clinton email scandal

Despite reports the White House learned six months ago that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email server during her time as secretary of state, administration officials said Friday they have "no idea" when President Obama learned of the situation. Published March 6, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks before he participates in a town-hall meeting at Benedict College, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C., about the importance of community involvement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama warns Ferguson: Clean up your act or face federal lawsuit

Days after the Justice Department issued a scathing review of police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama on Friday said the embattled city "will now have to make a decision" to either end discriminatory practices or face a federal lawsuit. Published March 6, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA chief: 'Climate change is not a religion'

Seeking a 6 percent budget increase in the upcoming fiscal year, Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy on Wednesday assured skeptical Republicans her efforts will be driven solely by science and won't be beholden to any political ideology. Published March 4, 2015