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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

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the "Investing in Our Future" discussion with former first lady Laura Bush at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, as part of the US Africa Summit. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, first ladies of different generations and opposing political parties, are uniting for the second time in just over a year to promote US relations with Africa. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Michelle Obama: 'Women are smarter than men'

First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday proudly stated she believes women are the smarter sex and must use prominent positions in government, business and other endeavors to affect change. Published August 6, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the end of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: 'I don't have a green light' on executive power

President Obama on Wednesday tried to reassure Americans that, despite his rash of executive actions and the likelihood that more controversial moves are on the way, he doesn't have a blanket "green light" to do anything he pleases. Published August 6, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at the US Africa Business Forum during the US Africa Leaders Summit, in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: African Ebola outbreak can be overcome

Despite reports that African nations are overwhelmed by the deadly Ebola outbreak, President Obama on Wednesday expressed optimism that nations such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia eventually will get a handle on the worsening situation. Published August 6, 2014

Going Solo: President Obama carries low job approval ratings that have Democrats steering clear of him on the campaign trail and at fundraising events. (White House)

Obama: 'The blood of Africa runs through our family'

Speaking to more than 40 African leaders assembled at the White House, President Obama said Tuesday night that he and his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters share a strong, personal bond with Africa and declared that the continent is "rising and so full of promise." Published August 5, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the US Africa Business Forum during the US Africa Leaders Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama announces $33B in commitments to Africa

President Obama on Tuesday announced $14 billion in new private-sector commitments to Africa and additional billions of dollars in U.S. government support, but critics fear parts of the new initiative may actually hurt, not help, life on the continent. Published August 5, 2014

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says that Congress should take the necessary steps to close the loopholes that American companies use to move their headquarters overseas as a way to avoid paying corporate taxes. (associated press)

Obama may use executive action on tax code

Under growing pressure from some Senate Democrats, the White House on Tuesday left open the possibility President Obama will use executive authority to reform the nation's tax code. Published August 5, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden opened the U.S. Africa Summit Monday by lecturing the leaders on the importance of clearing out corruption from their governments. President Obama has gathered nearly 50 African heads of state in Washington for an unprecedented summit. (Associated Press)

Bad cop Biden opens Africa summit with corruption warning

Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday lectured dozens of visiting African leaders on the need to clean up the "cancer" of corruption in their governments, but some analysts say the U.S. can do very little to solve the problem and in some cases has contributed to corruption by funneling monetary aid to unstable governments or dictators. Published August 4, 2014

** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Roosevelt Institute Honors after receiving the groups Freedom Medal, the institutes highest honor, during a dinner in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Joe Biden urges African nations to tackle corruption

Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday challenged African leaders to weed out corruption plaguing court systems, law enforcement agencies and other institutions on the continent. Published August 4, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The president spoke on various topics including the economy, immigration, Ukraine and the Middle East.  (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

Obama only the most recent president to face impeachment calls

The real six-year itch in American politics appears to be talk of removing the commander in chief, with President Obama becoming the latest in a long line of leaders to face calls for impeachment during his later years in office. Published August 3, 2014

President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama to Republicans: 'Stop just hatin' all the time'

President Obama on Wednesday told Republicans to "stop just hatin' all the time" and work with Democrats to help raise the nation's minimum wage, pass an infrastructure investment bill and take other steps to help the middle class. Published July 30, 2014

President Barack Obama and White House counselor John Podesta, left, walk across the ellipse in Washington as they head towards the Dept. of Interior, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Obama and Podesta also walked back to the White House after a signing a proclamation regarding the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House: No choice but to act now on climate change

The Obama administration released a comprehensive new report Tuesday in an attempt to justify its controversial actions on climate change, and also will roll out new executive moves to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Published July 29, 2014

Retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, Kentucky, testifies that coal fired power plants are a danger to public health, on the first of two days of public hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in Denver, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. In hearings, hundreds of people across the country are telling the EPA its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EPA hears testimony on proposed carbon emissions rules

The atmosphere outside was festive, with music, free T-shirts and ice cream giveaways, but the mood inside the Environmental Protection Agency's first hearings on its proposed power plant regulations was anything but. Published July 29, 2014

U.S. President Ronald Reagan gestures as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev looks on after their third session of talks at the Hofdi in Reykjavik, Oct. 12, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Russia in violation of 1987 missile treaty, White House says

In what could lead to further deterioration of the U.S.-Russia relationship, the White House said Monday that Moscow stands in violation of a 1987 treaty prohibiting the possession, production or use of intermediate-range cruise missiles. Published July 28, 2014

** FILE ** Islamist fighters battle near Tripoli International Airport. (Associated Press)

Libya now nation at risk with weak U.S. influence; embassy closes as chaos grows

With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America's influence in the world has waned considerably. Published July 27, 2014