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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

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Republicans slam Obama for downplaying 'low-tech' Iran threat

Leading Republicans are slamming President Obama for seemingly downplaying the "low-tech" threat posed by Iran and brushing off international fears that Tehran could use money from economic sanctions relief to fuel more chaos in the Middle East. Published May 15, 2015

President Obama (center) bids farewell to leaders from six Gulf nations, who are trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran, a pursuit that has put regional partners on edge. Mr. Obama is seeking to reassure the Gulf leaders that the U.S. overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security. (Associated Press)

Obama looks for global support on Iran nuke deal

Just hours after Congress cemented its authority to review any nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama said Thursday the U.S. and its Gulf allies are unified in their effort to not only stop Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons but also to transform the nation from regional troublemaker to peaceful neighbor. Published May 14, 2015

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama pushes ahead with summit despite Arab absences

Despite the absence of key Arab leaders, President Obama forged ahead Wednesday with a summit of Persian Gulf states and said the U.S. is focused on deepening security ties in the region despite deep concerns about Mr. Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Published May 13, 2015

Investigators examine the train derailment site, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, after a fatal Amtrak derailment Tuesday night, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least six people, and injured dozens. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Obama 'deeply saddened' by Amtrak crash

President Obama said Wednesday he was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the Amtrak train crash that killed six people and injured more than 60 others Tuesday night. Published May 13, 2015

President Obama delivers the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D., on May 8, 2015. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (Associated Press)

Obama: Free community college in 'everybody's interest'

President Obama on Friday called on Congress to close tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires and use the savings to offer all Americans a higher education, saying that two years of free community college is in "everybody's interest." Published May 8, 2015

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, leaves 10 Downing Street in London with a soldier, to attend a VE Day service at the Cenotaph, Friday, May 8, 2015. Cameron's Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's Parliamentary elections winning an unexpected majority.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Obama congratulates Cameron on U.K. election win

After a resounding election win for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative party, President Obama on Friday offered congratulations and vowed the U.S. and the U.K. will remain key partners on a host of global issues. Published May 8, 2015

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Sept. 30, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama promises 'consultations' with Israel on Iran nuclear negotiations

As the U.S. and its allies pursue a final nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama promised Thursday that as negotiations continue he'll consult closely with Israel, despite the Israeli government's deep reservations about the current path toward an agreement with Tehran. Published May 7, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Boehner needs to 'do his job' and pass trade authority: White House

The Obama administration said Tuesday it is the responsibility of House Speaker John A. Boehner to push trade promotion authority through his chamber, rejecting the notion that President Obama needs other high-profile Democrats such as Hillary Clinton to help nudge the legislation across the finish line. Published May 5, 2015

President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Alliance is an outgrowth of his year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative, which has focused on federal government policies and grants designed to increase access to education and jobs. Mr. Obama has spoken out on recent events in Baltimore, which he says highlights the need for greater relations between the police and communities of color. (The Daily News via Associated Press)

Obama likely to focus on race relations post-presidency

President Obama still has 20 months left in the Oval Office, but he appears to be laying the groundwork for his post-presidential career — a focus on racial reconciliation and improving economic opportunity for young blacks and Latinos. Published May 4, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities through mentoring and business partnerships. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama blasts media coverage of Baltimore riots

President Obama on Monday took a shot at the media for its coverage of last week's violence in Baltimore, saying news outlets too often focus only on looters and rioters rather than on those who are trying to solve the complex problems plaguing America's cities. Published May 4, 2015