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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 the farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama's budget will call for end of sequestration, tax hikes

Kicking off the next big budget battle with a bang, President Obama on Thursday will propose rolling back the roughly $1 trillion in automatic sequestration cuts that began in 2013 and will call for a dramatic boost in domestic spending paid for in part with tax hikes. Published January 29, 2015

In the wake of the crash of a small commercial drone craft on the White House lawn, President Obama is calling for greater regulation of private drones and restricting their operations. Critics argue private industry can keep a similar incident from recurring. (Associated Press)

Drone makers working to keep White House sky off-limits

President Obama is calling for more regulations on the growing number of drones in U.S. skies, but industry leaders say it's doubtful more rules would've prevented a small unmanned craft from crashing onto the White House lawn earlier this week. Published January 28, 2015

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz they arrive on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House defends Michelle Obama's attire in Saudi Arabia

White House officials on Wednesday defended first lady Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a head scarf in Saudi Arabia this week, saying her attire is consistent with what other American women have worn while in the kingdom. Published January 28, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles in the rain as he arrives for Republic Day in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends decision not to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu

President Obama blamed the upcoming Israeli elections for why he's choosing not to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March, saying such a meeting could create the appearance that the U.S. is interfering in Israeli political contests. Published January 28, 2015

President Obama meets new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, where he and the and first lady have come to expresses their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. Mr. Obama was mum on human rights issues in the country. (Associated Press)

Obama pushes gender equality in India, but not in Saudi Arabia

President Obama's method of handling nations with poor human rights records shifted dramatically in a matter of hours Tuesday, morphing from declarations about the need for sex equality while in India to public silence when he arrived in Saudi Arabia later in the day. Published January 27, 2015

President Barack Obama shakes hands with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz upon his arrival on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Despite human rights troubles, we must work with Saudi Arabia

While President Obama has spoken out repeatedly for greater human rights protections in countries all around the world, on Tuesday he found himself defending the close U.S. relationship with a nation that doesn't even allow women to drive. Published January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama, left and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for the media prior to their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)

Obama to India: On energy, do as we say, not as we did

President Obama on Tuesday urged the world's third-largest carbon polluter to embrace clean energy, saying the broader international fight against climate change hinges on how developing countries address the problem. Published January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama, second right, receives a scarf from a member of parliament who chairs the Committee on the Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behavior of Government Officers, right, as first lady Michelle Obama stands left, during a receiving line before a State Dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In India, Obama fires back at claims he's Muslim

President Obama on Tuesday made a forceful case for gender and religious equality in India and used examples from his own life — including claims that he's secretly a Muslim — to make his point. Published January 27, 2015


Obama's Alaska plans spark Republican ire

President Obama's plan to lock up Alaska's vast energy supply has sparked a furious backlash on Capitol Hill and prompted allegations that the White House has declared "war" on the state, but lawmakers have few options to fight back and even a Republican president in 2017 could struggle to undo the administration's latest environmental offensive. Published January 26, 2015

President Obama called for higher taxes on the wealthy, matched with tax cuts for the poor and more government spending, in what he labeled "middle-class economics," proposals which most Democrats quickly voiced supported. (Associated Press photographs)

Liberal Democrats cheer Obama's State of the Union; Jim Webb takes different tact

Democrats eyeing the White House in 2016 lined up behind the liberal rallying cry President Obama issued in his State of the Union address — with the exception of former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who took shots at the president's foreign policy and said the country shouldn't be divided into rich, middle and poor classes. Published January 21, 2015

Rising progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the first-term Massachusetts Democrat, is being urged to run for president by leading liberal groups such as MoveOn and Democracy for America. (Associated Press)

Empowered liberals pressure Obama to shift agenda further to left

President Obama has proposed two years of free community college for all Americans, pledged to defend Social Security and is looking to hike taxes on wealthy Americans, but liberal leaders are putting unprecedented pressure on the White House to go even further and fully embrace a more populist, progressive agenda. Published January 20, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and an outspoken critic of Mr. Obama's foreign policy, said additional sanctions would reinforce rather than undermine the U.S. bargaining position with Iran. (Associated Press)

Republican senators brush off Obama warnings, vow more Iran sanctions

Republican senators vowed Sunday to pursue additional sanctions against Iran, brushing off unusually blunt and dire warnings from President Obama that any more penalties for Tehran would threaten to scuttle nuclear talks and possibly lead to war. Published January 18, 2015