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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 shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pope Francis welcomed, lauded by Obama at White House

With a level of pomp and circumstance rare even in Washington, President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House Wednesday and praised the pontiff for leading on a host of social and moral issues. Published September 23, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by President Obama, greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Pope Francis brings brief political truce to Washington

Raucous cheers erupted Tuesday as Pope Francis set foot in the U.S. for the first time, kicking off a six-day, three-city American tour that promises to dominate the headlines and present politicians with the chance to bask in the "glow" of association with the popular pontiff. Published September 22, 2015

Pope Francis talks with President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pope Francis arrives in U.S., greeted by Obamas, enthusiastic crowd

As onlookers erupted with cheers, Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon set foot in the U.S. for the first time as pontiff and was greeted by President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, other administration officials and a raucous crowd of supporters. Published September 22, 2015

Illustration on the climate change debate by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Republican candidates turn climate change into debate on economy

Last week's Republican presidential debate may have provided a window into how GOP candidates will handle the thorny issue of climate change, with a number of White House hopefuls skirting a debate on the science of global warming and instead taking aim at the costs and consequences of President Obama's prescription to save the planet -- a strategy that some analysts say cedes the issue to Democrats. Published September 21, 2015

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said Sunday she's confident that her support will continue to grow as more Americans learn about who she is and what she stands for. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina poll surge has Hillary Clinton scrambling to shed 'insider' label

Carly Fiorina's strong performance in last week's Republican presidential primary debate has rocketed her up the polls, leaving the top of the GOP field dominated by Washington outsiders and forcing Democrats -- especially Hillary Rodham Clinton -- scrambling to shed the label of political insider. Published September 20, 2015

Speculation continues to swirl that Vice President Joseph R. Biden will make a run for the White House in 2016, but Iowa Democrats have said the party's current options are already more than viable. (Associated Press)

Biden policy may echo Obama's

After keeping a low profile following the death of his son earlier this year, Vice President Joseph R. Biden has re-emerged to become the biggest defender of President Obama's agenda, selling everything from the administration's climate change policies to its Detroit bailout and, in the process, making clear he won't distance himself from the current president in a potential 2016 White House bid. Published September 17, 2015

Ahmed Mohamed with his "clock." (The Dallas Morning News via Associated Press)

Ahmed Mohamed, teen arrested for homemade clock, speaks out

A 14-year-old Muslim boy who became an overnight social media sensation after he was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to his Dallas-area high school is speaking out about the incident. Published September 16, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a labor rally in New York on Sept. 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Joe Biden: We'll need to take care of the 'hard-working losers' in the coal industry

Vice President Joseph R. Biden conceded Wednesday that the administration's climate change agenda will result in winners and losers in the economy, and he said the nation must commit to ensuring the "hard-working losers" in the coal sector industry can find employment elsewhere after their mines shut down. Published September 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Netanyahu to meet with Obama Nov. 9

As the White House moves ahead with its nuclear deal with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House Nov. 9 and meet with President Obama face to face. Published September 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media while on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Obama announces new round of taxpayer money for solar power projects

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced $120 million in funding for solar power projects across the country, continuing its policy of using taxpayer dollars to fund the nation's transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy. Published September 16, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with veterans and Gold Star Mothers to discuss the Iran Nuclear deal, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama set to push on with climate agenda

Despite bitter opposition in Congress, a series of legal setbacks and data showing its environmental regulations will drive up electricity rates, the Obama administration this week is moving full-speed ahead with its climate change agenda, prodding U.S. cities into new policies to reduce carbon emissions. Published September 15, 2015