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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

** FILE ** Sens. John McCain (left), Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, two of the authors of the immigration reform bill crafted by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight," shake hands on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, June 27, 2013, before the final vote. (Associated Press)

House GOP to Senate: No rush on immigration

As the immigration reform debate moves to the House, Republicans have all but rejected the Senate's comprehensive approach and instead are embracing a package of targeted bills. Key sponsors of the Senate legislation, however, aren't giving up hope. Published June 30, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama wipes away sweat during a speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama administration pumps unprecedented power into EPA

With the Environmental Protection Agency set to take on an even broader regulatory role in the years ahead, a report released Wednesday shows the agency's footprint already is at a historic high. Published June 26, 2013

** FILE ** This file photo from October 2008 shows a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont., the state's largest producer of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. (Associated Press)

Feds: Massive amounts of carbon dioxide can be stored underground

President Obama's new climate change agenda seems to spell the eventual end of coal-fired power plants in America. But new findings released Wednesday could offer a path to survival for the fuel, which still provides about 40 percent of the nation's electricity. Published June 26, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks about speech about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama gives himself an out on Keystone

President Obama on Tuesday used a hyped speech on climate change to signal — with a wink and a nod — that he's likely to approve the $7 billion Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Published June 25, 2013

A new White House video reveals that climate change is much on President Obama's mind (image from the White House)

Obama to push unilateral action against climate change

President Obama says he will renew his push to combat climate change, beginning with a speech Tuesday — but he will find his options more limited than during his first term when temperatures appeared to be on the rise, along with momentum for curbing greenhouse gas emissions at home and abroad. Published June 24, 2013

President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel ... in private

The White House over the past several days has launched a public relations offensive to convince Americans that, under President Obama's leadership, privacy and Fourth Amendment rights won't be sacrificed in the name of national security. Published June 23, 2013

**FILE** The sun rises May 13, 2009, over the Guantanamo detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (Associated Press)

White House still mulling Taliban swap offer for U.S. POW

As the Obama administration prepares for a potential sit-down with the Taliban, the White House hasn't decided whether it will entertain a trade offer that would return an American soldier held since 2009 in exchange for five Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay. Published June 21, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with representatives of the G-20 Civil Summit at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Friday, June 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Yuri Kochertkov, Pool)

Canada's Harper gives up on Russia, calls summit 'G-7 plus 1'

Russia's support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad all but guarantees that the G-8 nations will not come to a unanimous decision on how to proceed with assisting Syrian rebels in the country's ongoing civil war. Published June 17, 2013

President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Russia's sole support for Syria casts a pall over G-8

From the moment the Group of Eight summit began, the dividing lines on how to intervene in the Syrian civil war became clear: The U.S. and its European allies on one side, Russia on the other. Published June 17, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address ahead of the G-8 summit at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/ Paul Faith, Pool)

Obama at G-8: Northern Ireland peace an example for war-torn world

The peace that's settled over Northern Ireland over the past 15 years gives hope to other nations embroiled in conflict and is "proof of what is possible," President Obama said Monday morning during a speech at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Published June 17, 2013

** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

Obama says Syria has crossed 'red line' with chemical weapons, will send weapons

The Syrian government used chemical weapons against rebel forces trying to overthrow the regime, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that President Bashar Assad has without doubt crossed the "red line" President Obama laid down for U.S. action in the country's bloody civil war. Published June 13, 2013