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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 Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is holding an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results after his party lost control of the Senate, and lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House, while putting a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Humbled Obama tells voters: 'I hear you'

After a crushing defeat for Democrats in the midterm elections, President Obama told American voters Wednesday he understands their frustrations and is fully prepared to work with Republicans in Congress. Published November 5, 2014

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to a rally of supporters of Kentucky senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Copper & Kings Distillery in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Elizabeth Warren is new Dem kingmaker; Clintons, Joe Biden backed losers

As the dust began to settle on the 2014 midterms, only one potential Democratic presidential hopeful can claim any semblance of success with her handpicked candidates — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has become a populist hero on the left. Published November 5, 2014

President Obama talks on the phone from the Oval Office in 2009. (White House photo)

White House won't reveal Obama's robocalls

President Obama has recorded numerous election-season robocalls for Democrats, but the White House refuses to say how many calls the president has recorded or which candidates are benefiting. Published November 4, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy after participating in a roundtable discussion with working parents, small business owners, students and faculty, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Obama makes last-minute election pitch to women

With just four days until voters head to the polls and with his party facing the prospect of significant losses, President Obama on Friday made a last-minute pitch to women by again pushing new equal-pay laws and a hike in the minimum wage. Published October 31, 2014

President Obama's closed-door fundraisers are examples of an unacceptable level of White House secrecy and censorship, critics argue. (Associated Press)

Obama's party fundraisers shutting out media

President Obama has been largely invisible on the campaign trail this fall, but his disappearing act also has extended to party fundraisers, frequently held in secret and away from the view of the press. Published October 30, 2014

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, to board Marine One for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base then onto Maine for Democratic National Committee and campaign events. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama held secret meeting on response to Hurricane Sandy

On Monday, President Obama held an off-the-books meeting with top administration officials to walk through the federal government's response to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of the East Coast in 2012. Published October 30, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Associated Press)

Obama, Republican governors in Ebola battle

When it comes to Ebola, President Obama has found himself in a leadership battle with governors who may want to replace him — chief executives in New Jersey, Louisiana and elsewhere who are trying to outdo the president and each other as they seek to calm their constituents and bolster their reputations ahead of the 2016 elections. Published October 29, 2014