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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

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs with the Western Energy Alliance, which represents energy companies in western states. (Screen shot from

Obama administration approves natural gas export site

In a key development that will help the U.S. export its vast energy resources, the Department of Energy on Friday approved an application for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Texas. Published May 17, 2013

** FILE ** John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse during the eighth day of jury deliberations in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

John Edwards re-emerges, begins public comeback

Mark Sanford is now a member of Congress two years after he stepped down as governor of South Carolina following a highly publicized extramarital affair. Perhaps, then, it should be no surprise to learn that disgraced former presidential candidate and North Carolina senator John Edwards is plotting his own comeback. Published May 17, 2013

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy, Obama's EPA pick, advances on party-line vote

On a party-line vote, a key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a significant step forward for the controversial nominee and one that ends, at least temporarily, a bitter fight between Republicans and Democrats. Published May 16, 2013

**FILE** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

Perez, McCarthy pass hurdle to confirmation

Two of President Obama's second-term personnel picks that have attracted conservative and business opposition moved a step closer to confirmation Thursday. Published May 16, 2013

** FILE ** David Axelrod

Axelrod: I don't even know anyone at the IRS

President Obama has pleaded ignorance and said he knew nothing about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 election season until news reports surfaced last Friday. Published May 15, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

GOP leaders hit Obama for lack of accountability amid scandals

While congressional Republicans gear up to investigate numerous White House scandals, party leaders are making the rounds on cable news and pushing their new narrative: President Obama won't take responsibility for anything. Published May 15, 2013

** FILE ** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled "Fast & Furious: Management Failures at the Department of Justice." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress to grill Attorney General Holder over search of Associated Press phone records

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle were asking questions Wednesday about the Justice Department’s subpoena of telephone records involving editors and reporters at The Associated Press, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expected to be asked about the matter during an long-scheduled hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Published May 14, 2013

** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin pauses while organizing the start of an Election Day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

Tea party leader: Heads must roll over IRS scandal

The head of Tea Party Patriots, one group reportedly singled out by the Obama administration, says officials at the Internal Revenue Service need to be fired immediately. Published May 14, 2013