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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 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

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at North Division High School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Immigration heckler booted from Obama speech

President Obama on Tuesday night stumped for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, but not before he was sidetracked by a protester urging the administration to take greater action on immigration. Published October 28, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama gives 'Pookie' specific reasons to get off the couch and vote

He is still bashing Republicans at every turn, but President Obama's rhetoric this midterm campaign cycle has evolved from broad warnings about the dangers posed by the GOP to an issue-specific pitch designed to get Democratic voters off the couch and to the polls. Published October 28, 2014

President Barack Obama and Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown campaign at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. This is Obama's first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. Brown lost to Republican Larry Hogan in a shocker on election night (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Governors central to implementing Obama's agenda, White House says

While he's been virtually invisible on the congressional campaign trail, President Obama has zeroed in on gubernatorial races across the country because governors are crucial to implementing the administration's agenda, White House officials said Tuesday. Published October 28, 2014

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

More safeguards needed to protect personal tax information: federal audit

A federal audit released Tuesday found that the Internal Revenue Service should institute greater "management oversight and internal controls" to prevent the disclosure of personal tax information following reports that the tax records of a Republican Senate candidate were illegally accessed in 2010. Published October 21, 2014

The EPA, headed by Gina McCarthy, says strontium, which can reduce bone strength among those deficient in calcium, is the latest contaminant to be targeted under the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. (Associated Press Photographs)

EPA weighs new move to regulate drinking water

In what some specialists are calling the latest step in a "regulatory evolution," the Environmental Protection Agency said it may expand its authority over drinking water supplies by singling out the element strontium. Published October 20, 2014