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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

Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

No conflict of interest in positive Keystone review: IG

The company hired by the State Department that conducted a favorable review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline did not have a conflict of interest, according to a review by the State Department inspector general, countering charges from environmental groups that are trying to kill the project. Published February 26, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, about a $300 billion transportation infrastructure plan. Obama spoke at Union Depot rail and bus station with a proposal asking Congress for $300 billion to update the nation's roads and railways, and about a competition to encourage investments to create jobs and restore infrastructure as part of the President’s Year of Action. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama's infrastructure plans met with little support

President Obama on Wednesday challenged Congress to tackle tax reform in order to fund desperately needed infrastructure repair across the country, but even some fellow Democrats admit the new proposal stands little chance of becoming reality. Published February 26, 2014

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at the inauguration ceremony of the Afghan National Agriculture Science and Technology University accompanied by Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, in Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. A total 4.5 million U.S. dollars has been spent by the government of India in building the university. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

Obama plans complete troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by year's end

Tuesday brought a fresh reminder that the more-than-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan will not conclude on U.S. terms, with the Obama administration revealing it’s planning for a complete withdrawal from the troubled country at the end of the year. Published February 25, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 12, 2009, file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. An attorney for Ramis said the actor died Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Obama: Late Harold Ramis taught us to question authority

President Obama on Tuesday paid tribute to the late Harold Ramis, the Chicago-born actor, writer and director who was famous for films such as "Caddyshack," "Ghostbusters," "Animal House" and others. Published February 25, 2014

Obama to establish new manufacturing hubs

President Obama on Tuesday will unveil two new “manufacturing innovation institutes,” public-private partnerships established through executive authority. Published February 25, 2014

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama to speak to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Okla. gov. announces Obama's Keystone timetable; White House won't confirm

A leading Republican governor claimed Monday that President Obama will make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline within “a couple of months,” but the White House refused to confirm the story and added even more uncertainty to the already murky future of the $7 billion project. Published February 24, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack participates in a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama phones Putin for help in solving Kiev violence

President Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Friday afternoon to discuss the violence in Ukraine and the recent deal to begin de-escalating the situation there. Published February 21, 2014

President Obama speaks on energy matters at the TransCanada pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., on Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/L.M. Otero)

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

A Nebraska judge threw a major hurdle in front of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Wednesday, setting into motion yet another review of the $7 billion project and pushing President Obama’s eventual final decision even further down the road. Published February 19, 2014

With a map of the United States on a truck in the background, President Barack Obama speaks about how having a fuel-efficient truck fleet can boost the economy and help combat climate change, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama’s fuel-efficiency speech another ‘do as I say’ event

President Obama's visit to suburban Maryland on Tuesday to announce new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks was anything but efficient, as the commander-in-chief took a 15-vehicle caravan on an hour-long round trip just to deliver a 17-minute speech at a local Safeway distribution center. Published February 18, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about drought on a local farm with Joe Del Bosque,  right, and Maria Gloria Del Bosque, of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In drought-ravaged California, Obama sounds alarm on climate change

Mr. Obama and many Democrats, along with their supporters in the environmental community, have held up extreme weather events such as California's drought, Hurricane Sandy and others as proof that global warming is wreaking havoc all across the planet. Published February 14, 2014