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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 stands with then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he announces that she will travel to Myanmar, on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia summit in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) ** FILE **

Obama, Hillary Clinton hold another secret meeting

For the third time in 10 months, President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton had a secret White House meeting that was not on the president's official schedule and was revealed to reporters only after it concluded. Published March 23, 2015

Republicans say the Environmental Protection Agency erred by not consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service in designing its so-called Clean Power Plan because the proposal almost surely will force the closure of coal-fired power plants and subsequently reduce the warm water Florida's manatees need to survive during cold winter months. (Associated Press)

Republicans enlist manatee in bid to slow Obama carbon emissions regulations

Congressional Republicans have rushed to the manatee's defense in an effort to slow new carbon emissions regulations, while the Obama administration is rejecting claims its forthcoming rules on coal-fired power plants will pose a direct threat to the Florida habitat of the endangered bulbous marine mammals. Published March 22, 2015

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement on Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama might endorse candidate in Democratic primary: White House

As another high-level staffer leaves the Obama administration to work on Hillary Rodham Clinton's likely presidential campaign, the White House on Friday did not rule out the possibility the president could endorse Mrs. Clinton or another candidate at some point in the primary process. Published March 20, 2015

In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama calls on Iran to release Americans

Even as he pursues a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama on Friday called on Iranian leaders to release four Americans being held in the Middle Eastern country. Published March 20, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Elizabeth Warren support grows as Hillary Clinton email scandal breeds skeptics

With Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers sagging and questions about her honesty and integrity creeping into the presidential race, analysts say it's an ideal time for a Democratic challenger to make a move — and a growing number of influential liberals want that challenger to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Published March 18, 2015

Steam from the Jeffrey Energy Center coal-fired power plant near St. Marys, Kan., is silhouetted against the setting sun on March 8, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA 'burning the Constitution' with carbon rules, Harvard scholar says

As President Obama moves ahead with unprecedented restrictions on the nation's power plants, a leading Harvard Law School scholar says the administration's approach is akin to "burning the Constitution" in an effort to advance environmental goals. Published March 17, 2015