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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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In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, Seema Kassab, in front, of The Muslim Liberty Project (MLP) holds a candlelight vigil in honor of victims of the Islamic State group at the Hayden Lawn, Arizona State University Tempe, Ariz., Campus. The vigil recognized IS hostage Kayla Mueller, an aid worker from Prescott, Ariz., who was taken in Aleppo on Aug.  4, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

White House: At least one more U.S. hostage in Middle East

Hours after confirming the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller at the hands of Islamic State terrorists, Obama administration officials confirmed Tuesday at least one more American is being held captive in the region. Published February 10, 2015

President Barack Obama, right, meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 18, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama calls Putin, Poroshenko on eve of key diplomatic meeting

A day before a key meeting that may represent the last true hope to end the fighting in Ukraine through diplomacy, President Obama on Tuesday called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and expressed optimism that a settlement can be reached. Published February 10, 2015

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are taking opposing tacks on Ukraine's ongoing faceoff with Russia, with Mr. Obama taking a hard-line stance and Mrs. Merkel seeking a diplomatic solution. (Associated Press)

Obama, Merkel at odds over arming Ukraine against Russia

President Obama on Monday left open the door to providing lethal arms to Ukrainian forces battling pro-Russian rebels — a move that not only would signal greater U.S. involvement in the ongoing conflict but also may create a deep rift with key European allies. Published February 9, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The leaders were expected to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and arming Ukrainian fighters to wage a more effective battle against Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama considering lethal aid to Ukraine

President Obama said Monday he's considering providing Ukraine with lethal military arms to battle pro-Russian separatists, a potential move that would both ratchet up tension between Ukraine and Russia and also could create a rift between the U.S. and its European allies. Published February 9, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, look on as President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his budget proposal during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama pulls funding for top clean-coal project

The same administration that lost hundreds of millions of dollars on ill-fated green-energy investments now says it wants to "protect taxpayer interests" by pulling $1 billion in federal funding from a leading clean-coal project in Illinois. Published February 4, 2015

Congress presses Cabinet nominees on Obama policies

President Obama's two top Cabinet nominees likely would've had smoother sailing through the Senate were they not weighed down by Mr. Obama's own controversial policies, ranging from his executive action on immigration to what critics say is a disjointed approach to the war on terrorism. Published February 3, 2015

President Barack Obama smiles while making a joke during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: 'We can afford' $74B spending increase

Despite a national debt over $18 trillion, President Obama said Saturday the nation can afford the major spending increases he'll put forward in his fiscal year 2016 budget, due out Monday. Published January 31, 2015

President Barack Obama, speaks during the farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, at Fort Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama's budget will call for end of sequestration, tax hikes

Kicking off the next big budget battle with a bang, President Obama on Thursday will propose rolling back the roughly $1 trillion in automatic sequestration cuts that began in 2013 and will call for a dramatic boost in domestic spending paid for in part with tax hikes. Published January 29, 2015

In the wake of the crash of a small commercial drone craft on the White House lawn, President Obama is calling for greater regulation of private drones and restricting their operations. Critics argue private industry can keep a similar incident from recurring. (Associated Press)

Drone makers working to keep White House sky off-limits

President Obama is calling for more regulations on the growing number of drones in U.S. skies, but industry leaders say it's doubtful more rules would've prevented a small unmanned craft from crashing onto the White House lawn earlier this week. Published January 28, 2015