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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

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech next to the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon outside the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Joe Biden praises the late Ariel Sharon at memorial service in Israel

President Obama may have come off as lukewarm in his praise for the late Ariel Sharon, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday praised the late Israeli prime minister in a 17-minute eulogy that included quotations from Shakespeare, the Book of Genesis and Irish novelist James Joyce. Published January 13, 2014

In this Jan. 9, 2014, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.  Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied. Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn't endorse Christie for re-election.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

N.J. lawmaker: Christie's 'Bridgegate' denials not credible

A New Jersey lawmaker leading the investigation into the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal said Sunday that Gov. Chris Christie's claim to have known nothing about September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge simply isn't believable. Published January 12, 2014

The book titled "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy instincts. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

McCain, Rubio: Gates should have waited to publish book

A pair of Republican senators said Sunday that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates should've waited to publish his bombshell book that contains scathing critiques of President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and others within the administration. Published January 12, 2014

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Giuliani emerges as Christie's biggest defender

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still under fire for the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal, but he's found a vocal ally in former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Published January 12, 2014

**FILE** Karl Rove (Associated Press)

Rove: Bridge scandal won't sink Christie

The presidential hopes of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likely will survive the unfolding George Washington Bridge scandal, leading Republican strategist Karl Rove said Sunday. Published January 12, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about benefits for the unemployed, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president applauded a Senate vote advancing legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed as an important step. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to clear the bill's first hurdle. But Republicans who voted to move ahead still want concessions that will have to be worked out before final passage. The Republican-controlled House would also have to vote for it.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama glosses over poor record on poverty

Poverty levels have been stuck at near-historic levels in recent years, but President Obama on Wednesday glossed over those troubling figures and defended his record. Published January 8, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden, left, talks to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a discussion on the state's rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in the Red Room at the Capitol  in Albany, N.Y. The state has received federal disaster funds for relief and rebuilding, with an estimated $5.1 billion in the current fiscal year's budget. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

2016 frenemies Biden, Cuomo push infrastructure spending in New York

In two years, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be enemies as they vie for the Democratic party's presidential nomination, but on Tuesday the two men praised each other and vowed to work together to rebuild the Empire State following a series of devastating storms. Published January 7, 2014

Ambulances line up a site of a trolleybus explosion, background, in Volgograd, Russia Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.  A bomb blast tore through the trolleybus in the city Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at 17 at the city’s main railway station. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

White House offers security aid after Russia blasts

With Russia reeling from two deadly suicide bombings in as many days, the White House on Monday offered to help with security at the 2014 Winter Olympics, slated to begin in less than six weeks in Sochi. Published December 30, 2013