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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 Obama once again cast higher education as key to economic growth during a speech in Warren, Michigan, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Obama renews push for free higher education

President Obama on Wednesday renewed his push for two years of free community college for all Americans, saying the issue should be one that can bring Republicans and Democrats together at a time when the two sides are locked in a bitter budget showdown. Published September 9, 2015

Refugees walk along the railway tracks that connect Horgos and Szeged near the Hungary-Serbia border Tuesday. President Obama says the U.S. must do more to help the issue of Syrian refugees, but both Democrats and Republicans say he has been slow to act. (Associated Press)

Obama's muddy policy on Syria blamed for refugee crisis

The White House acknowledged Tuesday that the U.S., along with other nations across the Middle East and Europe, must do more to alleviate the worsening Syrian refugee crisis -- but that admission highlights how the administration often has seemed several steps behind as Syria sunk into chaos, a fact Republican critics, fellow Democrats and international leaders have pointed to in recent days and weeks. Published September 8, 2015

Obama visits with top newspaper executives raise questions about media fairness

Nearly seven years into his tenure, President Obama remains on friendly terms with some powerful figures in the media. In recent weeks, the president has gotten cozy with top executives at major U.S. newspapers, headlining a Democratic Party fundraiser at the home of Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun and dining at the Anchorage home of Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff during a three-day trek across the state last week. Published September 7, 2015

Regarding the decision on whether or not to run for president, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said the "most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run." (Associated Press)

Joe Biden not fazed by polls, doubters

Political analysts say he has a chance and polls show an opening for him, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden made clear last week that his decision to enter or skip the 2016 Democratic presidential primary is an emotional and moral one, and not dependent on his fundraising prowess or whether he can assemble a winning campaign. Published September 6, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Generation Progress's 10th Annual Make Progress National Summit in Washington in this July 16, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Joe Biden on 2016 bid: Not sure I have 'emotional energy to run'

Joseph R. Biden said Thursday night he would be able to raise money, assemble a campaign staff and take other necessary steps to become a formidable candidate in the 2016 presidential race -- but the vice president may lack the "emotional energy" to enter the contest. Published September 3, 2015

President Obama, accompanied by local fishermen, speaks to members of the media on Kanakanak Beach on Wednesday in Dillingham, Alaska. On an historic three-day trip to Alaska, Mr. Obama declared "we're not acting fast enough" to save the planet from rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and other climate-change consequences. (associated press)

Obama: 'We're not acting fast enough' to save the planet

President Obama this week raised the stakes in the fight against global warming, laying out a challenge to other nations and saying the world will have failed if it does not reach a comprehensive agreement on climate change later this year. Published September 2, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech in support of the Iran nuclear deal at the National Constitution Center, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

White House celebrates 34th Senate vote in favor of Iran deal

The White House on Wednesday celebrated the news that 34 senators now have publicly said they'll back President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, a development that virtually ensures that the agreement will survive in Congress. Published September 2, 2015

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is working with President Obama as part of a "core group" on climate policy. Publicy, he opposes many environmental regulations. (Associated Press)

Obama's green pressure tactics exposed: Governors, climate activists help sell agenda

The Obama administration, top climate change crusaders and governors from across the country have engaged in a highly coordinated effort to publicly sell the president's green agenda and put private pressure on opponents, according to newly released emails and other records obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Published August 31, 2015

In this 2013 photo provided by the University of Puget Sound, Kathryn Ginsberg collects wastewater that will be tested for trace levels of pharmaceutical drugs from a sewer near Tacoma, Wash. (Ross Mulhausen/University of Puget Sound via Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA cracks down on pharmaceutical waste

The Obama administration said Monday it will dramatically limit the flushing of pharmaceutical waste at hospitals and other health-care facilities as part of a larger effort to improve water quality across the country. Published August 31, 2015

White House walks back Obama's 'crazies' comment

The White House on Tuesday walked back President Obama's remarks at a Las Vegas fundraiser that he'll have to deal with the "crazies" during his last 16 months in office. Published August 25, 2015