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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

President Barack Obama shakes hands with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz upon his arrival on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Despite human rights troubles, we must work with Saudi Arabia

While President Obama has spoken out repeatedly for greater human rights protections in countries all around the world, on Tuesday he found himself defending the close U.S. relationship with a nation that doesn't even allow women to drive. Published January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama, left and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for the media prior to their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)

Obama to India: On energy, do as we say, not as we did

President Obama on Tuesday urged the world's third-largest carbon polluter to embrace clean energy, saying the broader international fight against climate change hinges on how developing countries address the problem. Published January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama, second right, receives a scarf from a member of parliament who chairs the Committee on the Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behavior of Government Officers, right, as first lady Michelle Obama stands left, during a receiving line before a State Dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In India, Obama fires back at claims he's Muslim

President Obama on Tuesday made a forceful case for gender and religious equality in India and used examples from his own life — including claims that he's secretly a Muslim — to make his point. Published January 27, 2015


Obama's Alaska plans spark Republican ire

President Obama's plan to lock up Alaska's vast energy supply has sparked a furious backlash on Capitol Hill and prompted allegations that the White House has declared "war" on the state, but lawmakers have few options to fight back and even a Republican president in 2017 could struggle to undo the administration's latest environmental offensive. Published January 26, 2015

President Obama called for higher taxes on the wealthy, matched with tax cuts for the poor and more government spending, in what he labeled "middle-class economics," proposals which most Democrats quickly voiced supported. (Associated Press photographs)

Liberal Democrats cheer Obama's State of the Union; Jim Webb takes different tact

Democrats eyeing the White House in 2016 lined up behind the liberal rallying cry President Obama issued in his State of the Union address — with the exception of former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who took shots at the president's foreign policy and said the country shouldn't be divided into rich, middle and poor classes. Published January 21, 2015

Rising progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the first-term Massachusetts Democrat, is being urged to run for president by leading liberal groups such as MoveOn and Democracy for America. (Associated Press)

Empowered liberals pressure Obama to shift agenda further to left

President Obama has proposed two years of free community college for all Americans, pledged to defend Social Security and is looking to hike taxes on wealthy Americans, but liberal leaders are putting unprecedented pressure on the White House to go even further and fully embrace a more populist, progressive agenda. Published January 20, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and an outspoken critic of Mr. Obama's foreign policy, said additional sanctions would reinforce rather than undermine the U.S. bargaining position with Iran. (Associated Press)

Republican senators brush off Obama warnings, vow more Iran sanctions

Republican senators vowed Sunday to pursue additional sanctions against Iran, brushing off unusually blunt and dire warnings from President Obama that any more penalties for Tehran would threaten to scuttle nuclear talks and possibly lead to war. Published January 18, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures during his joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president and prime minister agreed Friday to a joint effort to fight domestic terrorism after last week's deadly attacks in France. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's grim warning to Congress: New Iran sanctions could lead to war

President Obama warned Congress Friday that new economic sanctions against Iran could lead directly to war, and British Prime Minister David Cameron said he's personally appealing to top lawmakers to hold off and allow diplomatic negotiations with Iran to play out. Published January 16, 2015

President Barack Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Growing fears about the specter of terrorism in Europe and the West are lending themselves to a sense of trans-Atlantic solidarity as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama explains why David Cameron is his 'bro'

As President Obama hosts his "bro" David Cameron at the White House, the American leader on Friday explained why he uses the informal term when speaking to the British prime minister. Published January 16, 2015

President Barack Obama calls out to the media as he walks from Marine One across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Washington, as returns from Baltimore where he attended the Senate Democratic Issues Conference and visited Charmington's Cafe where he talked about  paid sick leave for working Americans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Obama launches new clean-water, infrastructure programs

Days before President Obama's State of the Union address, the White House on Friday rolled out a new clean-water program designed to spur private investment to help rebuild the nation's infrastructure. Published January 16, 2015

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday came out against President Obama's new paid family-leave policy, saying the cost was to high for businesses. (Associated Press)

Obama paid-leave mandate runs into GOP opposition

President Obama on Thursday rolled out a new family leave policy for federal workers and called on Congress to make it law for private-sector workers as well, the latest executive action from Mr. Obama's pen designed both to pressure congressional Republicans and to demonstrate the president will to act on his own if necessary. Published January 15, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, about steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama calls for expanding broadband Internet

President Obama bit the hand that helped to fund his re-election Wednesday, criticizing big cable companies for holding monopolies in many communities and calling for faster broadband Internet service across America. Published January 14, 2015