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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

A new EPA proposal would lower the current national ozone standard for automobiles from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. Environmentalist are calling for even more stringent pollution caps. (Associated Press)

EPA tightens ozone standard, sets off fight with business groups

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday tightened the federal ozone standard, dismissing the concerns of powerful business groups and setting off a regulatory and legal fight that will last for the remainder of President Obama's time in office. Published October 1, 2015

A new EPA proposal would lower the current national ozone standard for automobiles from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. Environmentalist are calling for even more stringent pollution caps. (Associated Press)

EPA to release new regulations to restrict ground-level ozone

President Obama on Thursday is expected to take what many expect to be the most costly and contentious step in his ambitious environmental agenda -- the release of a gargantuan set of federal regulations to restrict ground-level ozone in the name of protecting Americans' health. Published September 30, 2015

President Obama talks with Cuban President Raul Castro before a bilateral meeting, Tuesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Associated Press)

Castro's speech spotlights divide with U.S.

President Obama hailed a new chapter in the U.S.-Cuba relationship this week at the United Nations, but analysts say realities on the ground on the communist island -- and the continued "Cold War rhetoric" of Cuban President Raul Castro -- demonstrate that the easy part of mending the bilateral relationship frozen since the early 1960s is now over. Published September 29, 2015

President Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro in front of members of the media before a bilateral meeting Sept. 29, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press)

Obama, Raul Castro meet at United Nations

President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro in New York City on Tuesday morning, further cementing the fact that the U.S. and the communist island are moving past the diplomatic isolation of the last half-century. Published September 29, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin head into a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Obama and Putin spar over Syria at the U.N., meet privately for 90 minutes

President Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin tried to downplay personal and policy tensions during a rare face-to-face meeting Monday in New York, but fierce disagreements bubbled to the surface in competing speeches to an audience of other world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. Published September 28, 2015

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk through the Colonnade of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, for a news conference in the Rose Garden. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Cybersecurity deal with China called small step

President Obama claimed victory on cybersecurity after last week's meeting with his Chinese counterpart, and said he's received assurances China no longer will tacitly support the hacking of American companies -- but analysts say the deal is only a small step in the right direction and does not guarantee either nation will cease all forms of spying or cybertheft. Published September 27, 2015

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama praises retiring Boehner as a 'good man' and a 'patriot'

President Obama on Friday called retiring House Speaker John A. Boehner a "good man" and a "patriot" and said he hopes Mr. Boehner's successor will work closely with the White House and congressional Democrats to avoid government shutdowns and other crises. Published September 25, 2015

Obama: Chinese have agreed to stop cyberattacks

President Obama announced Friday that the U.S. and Chinese governments have reached an agreement to not "conduct or knowingly support" cyberattacks against each other. Published September 25, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is sworn on  on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, prior to testifying before a joint House Oversight and Government Reform and Natural Resources Committees hearing on the Gold King mine spill. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) **FILE**

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy takes pope's message on climate to Notre Dame

The Obama administration is wasting no time wrapping itself in Pope Francis's call for dramatic action on climate change, deploying Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to the University of Notre Dame Friday to again make the case the U.S. has a "moral obligation" to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Published September 24, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with FIFA President Sepp Blatter during their meeting before the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw in the Konstantin palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

White House criticizes Vladimir Putin's posture

The White House on Thursday criticized Vladimir Putin's posture and said the Russian president has perfected the image of someone who is laid back, perhaps even bored, during meetings with international leaders. Published September 24, 2015

American Catholics are "concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty," Pope Francis told President Obama at the arrival ceremony in his honor at the White House. (Associated Press)

Pope lectures Obama on religious liberty

Pope Francis called for American leadership Wednesday in combating climate change, embracing immigrants and caring for the poor, using his unparalleled pulpit to sound solidarity with President Obama on a host of issues -- but the pontiff also poked the White House on religious liberty, and insisted pro-life and family causes were at the center of his visit. Published September 23, 2015

In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama calls out 'folks like John McCain' on climate change

President Obama believes "folks like John McCain" are responsible for the 2009 death of cap-and-trade legislation, a political failure by the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats that has ultimately led to a host a new climate-change regulations from the president's Environmental Protection Agency. Published September 23, 2015