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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 calls out to the media as he walks from Marine One across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington, as returns from Baltimore where he attended the Senate Democratic Issues Conference and visited Charmington's Cafe where he talked about  paid sick leave for working Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Obama launches new clean-water, infrastructure programs

Days before President Obama's State of the Union address, the White House on Friday rolled out a new clean-water program designed to spur private investment to help rebuild the nation's infrastructure. Published January 16, 2015

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday came out against President Obama's new paid family-leave policy, saying the cost was to high for businesses. (Associated Press)

Obama paid-leave mandate runs into GOP opposition

President Obama on Thursday rolled out a new family leave policy for federal workers and called on Congress to make it law for private-sector workers as well, the latest executive action from Mr. Obama's pen designed both to pressure congressional Republicans and to demonstrate the president will to act on his own if necessary. Published January 15, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, about steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama calls for expanding broadband Internet

President Obama bit the hand that helped to fund his re-election Wednesday, criticizing big cable companies for holding monopolies in many communities and calling for faster broadband Internet service across America. Published January 14, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offices at the Constitution Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identify theft and improving consumer and student privacy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama lays out new data-protection bills

Marching toward his State of the Union address later this month, President Obama on Monday laid out new privacy proposals to protect American consumers and students from identity theft and data breaches. Published January 12, 2015

French President Francois Hollande, second from left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, join other dignitaries, heads of government and heads of state as they march during a rally in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. More than 40 world leaders, their arms linked, marched through Paris Sunday to rally for unity and freedom of expression and to honor 17 victims of three days of terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Obama, top U.S. officials skip Paris memorials attended by other world leaders

World leaders and top government officials from Israel, Germany, Russia and elsewhere gathered in Paris on Sunday to honor victims of last week's terrorist attacks, but the Obama administration has come under fire for dispatching only the U.S. ambassador to France as the nation's representative. Published January 11, 2015