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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

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd on the docks at the South Carolina Ports Authority terminal in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The vice president was joining U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on three stops of a five-state tour to promote an administration proposal to spend almost $500 billion over six years on the nation's infrastructure. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Biden: Middle class 'in worse shape' since 1920s

As he pushed a $500 billion federal investment in infrastructure, Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Thursday the American middle class is worse off today than at any point in nearly 100 years. Published February 19, 2015

Industry leaders fear that drone regulations proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration may be too restrictive and might limit commercial usage. "It really is so far behind where other countries are. ... It's not progressive enough," said Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Coalition. (Associated Press)

Drone industry fears FAA rules too restrictive

The Obama administration's proposed new rule for commercial drone flights would ground much of the unmanned aircraft industry and may leave the U.S. trailing behind international competitors, analysts and some lawmakers fear. Published February 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The president said cyberspace is the new "wild West" _ with daily attempted hacks and people looking to the government to be the sheriff. He's asking the private sector to do more to help.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Feds fall behind in race against 21st-century cyberthreats, lawmakers say

President Obama last week took executive action on cybersecurity, but lawmakers say the steps merely lay the "foundation" for a long-term fight against hackers, and analysts argue that the federal government has moved too slowly in addressing 21st-century threats. Published February 15, 2015

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Valentine's Day card mocks Clinton, Williams: 'From one combat veteran to another'

A group seeking to keep Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the White House is mocking the former secretary of state with a series of fake Valentine's Day cards — including one from embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who, like Mrs. Clinton, has told tall tales about coming under enemy fire. Published February 14, 2015

President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina. (Official White House Photo/File)

Obama trashes GOP education reform bill

President Obama on Saturday came out swinging against Republicans' education reform plan, arguing the proposal will reduce the quality of American schools and leave many low-income children stuck in failing classrooms. Published February 14, 2015

Top tech CEOs snub Obama at cybersecurity summit

The leaders of three of the nation's leading tech companies won't attend a White House cybersecurity summit in California on Friday, according to media reports. Published February 13, 2015

President Obama will travel to Palo Alto, California, to deliver remarks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University on Friday.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Obama to sign executive order on cybersecurity

President Obama on Friday will sign an executive order calling for greater cooperation between the federal government and private sector on cybersecurity, the White House said Thursday night. Published February 12, 2015

"Congress has already given the president the authority to order these military actions," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. (Associated Press)

War authorization unlikely to change Obama tactics against Islamic State

President Obama's request for new war powers is by the administration's own contention legally unnecessary, and military and legal scholars say the proposal would have little, if any, practical impact on the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State in the short term. Published February 12, 2015

President Obama said the U.S. and its allies have made significant progress in halting the advance of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, through Iraq and Syria. Now, he wants the blessing of Congress to finish the job. (Associated Press)

Obama confounds Congress with vague Islamic State war powers request

Confidently declaring that the Islamic State "is going to lose," President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for broad yet intentionally vague war powers as he laid the foundation for a three-year military campaign against the terrorist group that ultimately could involve U.S. ground troops. Published February 11, 2015

President Barack Obama, flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama sends Congress 3-year force authorization on Islamic State

Warning that the Islamic State could ultimately pose a threat to the U.S. homeland, President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for broad, formal war powers against the terrorist group and laid the groundwork for a three-year military campaign. Published February 11, 2015