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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

President Obama in a speech Thursday that U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens," and he called on Congress to close corporate tax loopholes. (Associated Press)

Obama urges Congress to close corporate tax loopholes

With other pieces of his economic agenda such as a minimum wage increase stalled, President Obama turned his attention to corporate taxes Thursday and said U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens." Published July 24, 2014

President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with a customer at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, where he made a surprise appearance on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. (AP Photo)

Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'

With other pieces of his economic agenda such as a minimum wage increase stalled, President Obama turned his attention to corporate taxes Thursday and said U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens." Published July 24, 2014

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, bipartisan job-training legislation which aims to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs

House Republicans may be suing President Obama for executive overreach, but for one day at least, members of the GOP joined the president at the White House Tuesday as the administration announced a sweeping overhaul of the federal government's job-training programs. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Earlier he attended fundraising events in New York City. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

International crises be damned, Obama's fundraising trip must go on

Amid increasing violence in the Middle East and questions still swirling around the aircraft shot down over Ukraine last week, the White House is not considering canceling President Obama's upcoming trip to the West Coast for Democratic party fundraisers. Published July 21, 2014

Two sides: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has called publicly for President Obama not to send immigrant children back to their home countries but privately urged a White House official not to house them at a site in Maryland. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigration crisis poses quandary for Democrats

Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are showing divisions over how to handle the surge of illegal immigrant children, underscoring how quickly the immigration issue has gone from what they thought was a guaranteed political winner to an electoral headache. Published July 16, 2014

Obama to bypass Congress on infrastructure repair

With the House and Senate scrambling to act before the Highway Trust Fund runs dry, the White House on Monday said President Obama will bypass lawmakers and use an executive action to repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure. Published July 14, 2014

Arab-American group to boycott Obama's Ramadan dinner

Citing America's support for Israel and its alleged spying on Muslims, a powerful Arab-American group has called for a boycott of Monday night's annual Iftar dinner at the White House. Published July 14, 2014

FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo shows young detainees being escorted to an area to make phone calls as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

White House sticks by 'plan A' to handle illegal immigrant children

Even though House Republicans have declared it all but dead, President Obama's $3.7 billion plan to deal with the flood of illegal immigrant children coming across the border remains "plan A" and should be embraced by Congress, the White House said Monday. Published July 14, 2014

**FILE** The Tappan Zee Bridge is seen May 14, 2014, from a helicopter traveling with President Obama in Tarrytown, N.Y., where he will discuss the need for a 21st century transportation infrastructure. (Associated Press)

Obama to take executive actions on infrastructure this week

With just weeks remaining before federal funding for road and bridge repair dries up, President Obama will take new executive actions this week to spur infrastructure investment from the private sector, the White House announced Monday. Published July 14, 2014

President Obama hugs Staten Island resident Debbie Ingenito shortly after Superstorm Sandy's devastation in October 2012. Critics have decried his recent decision not to visit the Texas-Mexico border with Gov. Rick Perry, which the president dismissed as a mere political "photo op" rather than a real solution to the ongoing crisis at the state's southern frontier. (associated press)

Obama says he prefers results, not photo opportunites

Images of presidents at the Berlin Wall, ground zero in New York and, more recently, the New Jersey boardwalk devastated by Superstorm Sandy often are more important than words, specialists say, and aid commanders in chief in being seen as true leaders dedicated to comforting victims — rallying the nation following a tragedy or confronting crises. Published July 13, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Sunday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

Obama's 'blank check' rejected as border solution

Not even a week after it was offered, President Obama's $3.7 billion plan to deal with the growing crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border appears all but dead, with Republican lawmakers Sunday decrying the administration's "blank check" proposal and instead calling for a more targeted response centered on greater border security. Published July 13, 2014