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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 Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria, a U.S. official told CNN Monday. (Associated Press)

Obama faces growing pressure for more military force against Islamic State

Lawmakers from both parties are increasingly questioning the Obama administration's strategy for dealing with a powerful Islamist terrorist group in the Middle East, saying the U.S. should expand its approach, which might include combat troops on the ground in Iraq and airstrikes in Syria. Published August 17, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S. in greater danger than before 9/11, Rep. Mike Rogers says

The rise of the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations across the globe has put the U.S. in even greater danger than it was in before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. Published August 17, 2014

** FILE ** This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Lawmakers call for 'coalition of the willing' in Iraq

Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday it may be time to form a "coalition of the willing" to counter a burgeoning army of Islamist extremists who continue to make key gains in Iraq and Syria. Published August 17, 2014

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a speech to nearly 300 in attendance at the 2014 RedState Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry was indicted on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Perry: Indictment latest example of 'a government that's out of control'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that his indictment on abuse of power and coercion charges is just the latest example of "out of control" government at all levels, comparing the case with the Obama administration's failure to secure the U.S. border and the IRS' targeting of conservative groups. Published August 17, 2014

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declined the Washington Redskins' offer to attend a game unless the team changes its nickname. (Associated Press)

Republicans blast Harry Reid's 'irresponsible' Senate

President Obama frequently paints the Republican-controlled House as the reason little gets done in Washington, but the GOP on Saturday countered that all of the blame rests with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published August 16, 2014

President Obama hugs Elizabeth Warren as he arrives to speak at a campaign event at Symphony Hall, June 25, 2012, in Boston. (Associated Press)

Obama pushes Elizabeth Warren's student loan reform bill

President Obama on Saturday challenged the nation's students to excel in class this fall while also pushing Congress to back a bill that would allow college graduates to refinance their student loans. Published August 16, 2014

Going Solo: President Obama carries low job approval ratings that have Democrats steering clear of him on the campaign trail and at fundraising events. (White House)

Democrats abandon fundraiser in chief

President Obama has run into the embarrassing situation that also bedeviled his predecessor: vulnerable members of his own party are keeping their distance. Published August 13, 2014

President Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria, a U.S. official told CNN Monday. (Associated Press)

Obama's doctrine: Inaction on Syria led to Iraq crisis

President Obama is deepening U.S. engagement in Iraq under the shadow of Syria, where he resisted similar calls to intervene — inaction that analysts and even his former top diplomat say may have sown the seeds of the Iraqi conflict. Published August 12, 2014

F-15 STRIKE EAGLE. File photo.

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State

President Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Iraq and approved a humanitarian mission to deliver food and other supplies to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped on mountaintops, moves that represent the most significant re-engagement in Iraq since formal combat operations ended three years ago. Published August 7, 2014

** FILE **  AC-130A Spectre gunship. (Wikimedia Commons)

U.S. begins airdrops to trapped Iraqis: reports

The U.S. has begun a humanitarian mission to deliver supplies to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped on a mountaintop by Islamist terrorists, Pentagon officials said Thursday night. Published August 7, 2014

President Barack Obama answers a question during his news conference at US African Leaders Summit, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at the State Department in Washington. Obama and dozens of African leaders opened talks Wednesday on two key issues that threaten to disrupt economic progress on the continent: security and government corruption. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama on experimental Ebola drug: The jury is still out

An experimental drug appears to have saved the lives of two Americans hit by the Ebola virus, but President Obama said Wednesday it's too soon to say whether the treatment should be fast-tracked and exported to Africa. Published August 6, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the end of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: 'I don't have a green light' on executive power

President Obama on Wednesday tried to reassure Americans that, despite his rash of executive actions and the likelihood that more controversial moves are on the way, he doesn't have a blanket "green light" to do anything he pleases. Published August 6, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the "Investing in Our Future" discussion with former first lady Laura Bush at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, as part of the US Africa Summit. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, first ladies of different generations and opposing political parties, are uniting for the second time in just over a year to promote US relations with Africa. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Michelle Obama: 'Women are smarter than men'

First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday proudly stated she believes women are the smarter sex and must use prominent positions in government, business and other endeavors to affect change. Published August 6, 2014