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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 speaks after receiving a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Thursday to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. Mr. Obama linked hurricanes to climate change. (Associated Press)

Obama defends plan, links hurricanes to climate change

President Obama on Thursday linked hurricanes and other extreme weather events to climate change -- the latest move by this White House to keep the issue at the forefront of domestic politics while also pursuing a landmark international agreement to save the planet. Published May 28, 2015

President Barack Obama, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, participate in a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Thursday, May 28, 2015, to draw attention to preparedness in advance of the annual storm season that formally begins June 1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Teach climate change in schools

Saying that children "instinctively" understand the importance of the environment, President Obama said Thursday that climate change should be taught in schools and "weaved" into science and social studies classes. Published May 28, 2015

A Russia-backed rebel take aim on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The situation in eastern Ukraine has remained tense and skirmishes between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have continued. Vice President Joseph R. Biden said that ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a key test of U.S. and European leadership. (Associated Press photographs)

Joseph Biden: Ending Ukraine war a key test for U.S., Europe

Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday that ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a key test of U.S. and European leadership for this generation — but specialists say the vice president laid out no new American strategy for countering Russian aggression, and the Obama administration seems content on staying the course with economic sanctions and continued diplomatic outreach to Moscow. Published May 27, 2015

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA expands powers over land use in bid to control water pollution

The administration announced rules Wednesday to grant federal agencies sweeping environmental oversight over wetlands, ponds and even some ditches in a move supporters said will clean up dirty waters but which critics said was a capstone power grab for a lame-duck president. Published May 27, 2015

Local residents and Sunni tribal fighters welcome newly arriving Iraqi Shiite Hezbollah Brigade militiamen, brandishing their flag, who are joining the fight against Islamic State group militants in Khalidiya, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)

White House sidesteps defense secretary's comments on Iraqi forces

President Obama on Tuesday didn't distance himself from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's claim that Iraqi forces showed "no will to fight" last week when Islamic State terrorist fighters captured the town of Ramadi -- but the White House also wouldn't explicitly endorse the Pentagon chief's comments. Published May 26, 2015

President Barack Obama gives the commencement address as he attends the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Climate change a threat to homeland security, hurts military readiness

President Obama on Wednesday largely ignored major advances by the Islamic State, a nuclear North Korea and other threats to the U.S., and instead sounded an alarm on climate change, telling future military officers a warming planet is perhaps the most sweeping danger facing the nation today. Published May 20, 2015

Chris Miller shows a flour solution from a specific strain of wheat at a research facility in the Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Spectrum analysis is made of the solution. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Obama threatens to veto House science research funding bill

The White House on Monday night threatened to veto a House science, technology and innovation funding bill, saying the legislation makes unacceptably steep cuts for the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. Published May 18, 2015

President Obama tours the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center in the Camden County (N.J.) Police Administration Building on Monday with Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson. (Associated Press)

Obama seeks to end immigration enforcement by local, state police

The administration issued a report Monday saying that in order to rebuild trust between police and their communities, the federal government should stop enlisting state and local police in most immigration enforcement, setting up another challenge as President Obama tries to please immigrant rights advocates while carrying out deportations. Published May 18, 2015

President Obama uses a cellphone to contact supporters during a surprise visit to meet volunteers at an Obama campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Sept. 9, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama joins Twitter under @POTUS handle

President Obama joined Twitter on Monday, vowing to use his @POTUS account as a vehicle to communicate more directly with the American people. Published May 18, 2015

In a Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, President Obama speaks during a news conference after meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David in Maryland. In a surprise announcement on Monday, May 18, 2015, coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments and putting stricter controls on other weapons and gear distributed to law enforcement. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama to limit police access to military equipment

President Obama on Monday set new limits on police access to certain military equipment, part of a larger federal government response aimed at preventing the kind of unrest seen in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Published May 18, 2015

There are numerous reports of Syrian President Bashar Assad using chlorine bombs against rebel forces over the past several weeks. (Associated Press)

Obama 'red line' erased as Bashar Assad's chemical weapons use goes unchecked by U.S. military

Amid recent reports Syrian President Bashar Assad again used chemical weapons in his nation's ongoing civil war, Mr. Obama is taking a much different approach than he did in 2012 and 2013, when the U.S. declared itself on the verge of military intervention after Mr. Assad unleashed sarin gas and other chemical agents despite clear warnings from the White House. Published May 17, 2015