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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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President Barack Obama speaks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Tuesday, March 10, 2015,  about his plan to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt. More than 40 million Americans are in debt thanks to their education, and most of their loans come from Uncle Sam. So President Barack Obama is aiming to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt with a presidential memorandum he signed Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Obama tackles college debt by announcing a 'student aid bill of rights'

President Obama said Tuesday that the federal government must play a greater role in helping students manage college debt by establishing a "student aid bill of rights" that puts restrictions on lenders in the name of making higher education more affordable. Published March 10, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, discusses seating arrangements for a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of nuclear negotiations on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama admin. blasts GOP letter to Iran, says Republicans want 'war'

The Obama administration on Monday accused Senate Republicans of looking for war and undermining U.S. negotiations with Iran, charging that the GOP fundamentally misunderstands its role by acting outside "the role our Founding Fathers envisioned Congress to play when it comes to foreign policy." Published March 9, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the National League of Cities annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015. Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, the president is calling on employers, educational institutions and local governments to ramp up training and hiring of high-technology in an effort to drive up higher-income employment.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama touts program to close high-tech skills gap, boost wages

Calling high-tech jobs "a ticket into the middle class," President Obama on Monday announced a new initiative aimed at training workers for high-paying 21st century jobs and said the government will partner with local leaders, private companies and colleges to drive more than 500,000 Americans toward better salaries. Published March 9, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks before he participates in a town-hall meeting at Benedict College, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C., about the importance of community involvement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama warns Ferguson: Clean up your act or face federal lawsuit

Days after the Justice Department issued a scathing review of police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama on Friday said the embattled city "will now have to make a decision" to either end discriminatory practices or face a federal lawsuit. Published March 6, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her silence on the burgeoning controversy shortly before midnight Wednesday by posting a note on her private Twitter account. "I want the public to see my email," she wrote. "I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." (Associated Press)

White House: 'No idea' when Obama learned of Clinton email scandal

Despite reports the White House learned six months ago that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email server during her time as secretary of state, administration officials said Friday they have "no idea" when President Obama learned of the situation. Published March 6, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA chief: 'Climate change is not a religion'

Seeking a 6 percent budget increase in the upcoming fiscal year, Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy on Wednesday assured skeptical Republicans her efforts will be driven solely by science and won't be beholden to any political ideology. Published March 4, 2015

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her phone after attending a U.S.-Russia meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 23, 2010. The revelation that Mrs. Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has raised fresh questions about her credibility heading into 2016. (Associated Press)

Hidden Clinton emails taint Obama transparency vow, boost Benghazi probe

Hillary Clinton's use of an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has eroded the Obama administration's claims of transparency — giving new momentum to Republicans investigating the Benghazi affair and raising fresh questions about Mrs. Clinton's credibility heading into 2016. Published March 3, 2015

At a town hall meeting, President Obama threatened to veto legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Republican critics called the event, which was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, nothing more than a "choreographed, partisan event." (Associated Press)

Obama says he won't be deterred by 'one federal judge' on immigration

A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won't be stopped by "one federal judge," telling a Miami crowd he'll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. Published February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Obama to create center for 'connecting the dots' on cyberthreats

President Obama on Wednesday said he'll establish a new "Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center" aimed at coordinating ongoing federal efforts to counter hackers and other cyber threats aimed at the U.S. government and private industry. Published February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Veto threats continue: Obama vows to block GOP education bill

A day after blocking legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Obama on Wednesday continued to issue veto threats at a record pace, this time vowing to stop a Republican-backed education reform bill. Published February 25, 2015