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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

Within hours of Chelsea Clinton's announcement last week that she is pregnant, pundits, columnists and reporters began pontificating on what type of impact being a grandmother will have on Hillary Rodham Clinton's possible presidential campaign, should she run for president in 2016. (Associated Press)

What will a grandchild mean for Hillary Clinton?

It's America's version of the royal baby watch, but Chelsea Clinton's announcement last week that she's pregnant ended up taking a back seat to her mother's political ambitions. Within hours of the revelation, pundits, columnists and reporters pontificated on what being a grandmother will mean for Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, should she decide to run for president in 2016. Published April 20, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama, left, walks with President Barack Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, both partially obscured, from the White House to a motorcade to attend Easter services on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Washington. The first family attended services at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obamas head to church on Easter morning

After skipping church on Christmas, President Obama and his family attended Easter morning services at Washington's 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday. Published April 20, 2014

Inside out: Joseph R. Biden faces a similar hurdle as other sitting vice presidents campaigning for higher office: being seen as a candidate with no ideas of his own. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Joe Biden's biggest gaffe: VP blowing his 2016 head start

It has been clear for some time that Joseph R. Biden is far behind Hillary Rodham Clinton among potential Democratic presidential candidates, but recent polling data suggest the vice president may not even be his party's second choice. Published April 17, 2014

Immigration policy has plagued President Obama, as he spent the last five years trying to strike a difficult balance on the issue between conservatives in Congress and immigrant-rights advocates. (Associated Press Photographs)

Obama conciliatory on immigration

President Obama sounded a more conciliatory note on immigration Thursday, a day after he issued a statement criticizing House Republicans for "extreme" votes on the issue and angering a top GOP lawmaker who said it further poisoned chances for a bill to get done this year. Published April 17, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Conversation with Cantor was 'friendly'

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a scathing statement following Wednesday's phone conversation with President Obama, but the commander in chief said Thursday the two men actually "had a very pleasant conversation." Published April 17, 2014

A woman offers prayers during a candlelight vigil for the missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.  (AP Photo/Wonghae Cho)

Obama: 'Our hearts ache' over South Korean ferry tragedy

President Obama on Thursday pledged that the U.S. will "provide any and all assistance" possible to help with search-and-rescue efforts in the waters off the South Korean coast, where a five-story ship capsized Wednesday and trapped nearly 300 people inside, many of whom were students. Published April 17, 2014

This Aug. 11, 2010 file photo, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden responds to a question during an interview with the Associated Press in Dover, Del.  Biden says he won't seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year but plans to run for governor in 2016. Biden, who underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center last year, announced his intentions in a statement issued Thursday, April 17, 2014. The 45-year-old Biden had said previously that he would seek a third term as attorney general. He is the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Biden in 2016: Beau announces Delaware gubernatorial bid

Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that he has decided not to seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016. Published April 17, 2014

President Obama unveiled a new $600 million job-training initiative while speaking at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center on Wednesday in Oakdale, Pa.. Vice President Joseph R. Biden will oversee the new program. (Associated Press)

Obama unveils new $600 billion jobs initiative

President Obama on Wednesday launched a new $600 million job-training initiative, but Republicans wasted little time in arguing they have a better approach to preparing American's future workers. Published April 16, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa. Western Pennsylvania is getting a "two-fer" when President Barack Obama visits and brings his vice president, Scranton-born Joe Biden. Obama and Biden are heading to a community college in Oakdale on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, to talk about matching skills-training to jobs that are in demand.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden to lead $600 million work force training effort

President Obama on Wednesday tasked Vice President Joseph R. Biden with leading a new $600 million White House job training program. The duo will officially announce the initiative during a speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon. Published April 16, 2014

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Obama calls principal of Pa. high school devastated by stabbings

The White House said Mr. Obama phoned principal Ron Suvak "to express his deepest sympathies for the senseless act that took place on campus yesterday," and also expressed gratitude for the "heroic actions by students, faculty and staff." Published April 10, 2014

**FILE** Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., laughs with Rev. Al Sharpton during a speech to an audience at the 9th annual National Action Network convention Saturday, April 21, 2007 in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Live wire: Obama to headline Sharpton's conference

The president will address the National Action Network convention in New York City, and the White House said Wednesday that recent news about Mr. Sharpton's role in providing the federal government with key information about top organized crime families hasn't caused them to rethink Mr. Obama's involvement. Published April 9, 2014

President Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School on Monday. At Bladensburg, the Obama administration unveiled the $107 million Youth CareerConnect program designed to "deliver real-world learning opportunities for students" and offer specific training in a given field before a student graduates high school. (Associated Press)

Obama touts $107M high school career connection program

President Obama on Monday opened up taxpayers' checkbook for education and continued a hallmark of his presidency — working around Congress to dole out billions of dollars in grants to individual states and districts, as long as they enact the kinds of changes the administration wants to see. Published April 7, 2014