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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

House Speaker John Boehner, right, has dismissed what he says is President Barack Obama's flippant attitude. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

GOP to sue Obama first over health care employer mandate

House Republicans announced Thursday that their first attempt to sue President Obama for breaching the limits of his executive power will be over his decision to exempt businesses from his health care law's employer mandate. Published July 10, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014, about the economy. Austin is the final leg in his three city trip before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama blasts GOP, ignores immigration crisis in Texas speech

President Obama on Thursday had plenty to say about how he believes the Republican party is blocking prosperity and economic growth, but said virtually nothing about the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, less than 300 miles from the very spot where the president spoke. Published July 10, 2014

President Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday but declined his offer to go to the Mexico border just 500 miles away. (Associated Press)

A series of missteps steers Obama's trip off course

President Obama escaped Washington this week to mingle with average Americans and raise money for Democrats, but the purpose of his trip has been lost in a haze of political headaches. Published July 10, 2014

President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry as he arrives at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The president is expected to attend a meeting on immigration, (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama defends failure to visit border

President Obama on Wednesday night strongly defended his decision not to visit the U.S.-Mexico border while on a visit to Texas this week, saying such a move would represent "theater" and "photo ops" rather than a genuine effort to address the growing crisis along the country's southern boundary. Published July 9, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures to reporters on the tarmac before boarding Air Force One at Denver International Airport, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, en route to Dallas, where he is expected to attend a meeting on immigration.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In Texas, Obama to address border crisis

President Obama, under fire for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while in Texas, will address the "urgent humanitarian situation" along the boundary in a speech Wednesday, the White House announced. Published July 9, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run could be complicated due to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. (associated press)

Hillary Clinton must distance herself from Bill, Obama in 2016

If she runs for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton may find herself not only having to distance herself from President Obama, but she will also have to put some space between herself and her own husband, former President Bill Clinton, on everything from marijuana policy to immigration. Published July 8, 2014

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai addresses a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Afghan Independent Election Commission released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner could be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud.(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama seeks to salvage Afghan election

Amid reports of widespread fraud and the possibility the entire Afghan presidential election will be delegitimized, President Obama on Tuesday called candidate Abdullah Abdullah and urged him to remain involved in the electoral process, rather than declare himself the winner and potentially throw the nation into chaos. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, a train hauls coal north out of downtown Seattle from the Rockies toward British Columbia. Regulators have received an unprecedented number of public comments on the disputed proposal to export millions of tons of coal to Asia from a facility along the Columbia River in Washington. Officials are preparing to sift through more than 163,000 comments to decide which environmental effects should be reviewed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Obama pleas to China, India to forgo use of coal falls on deaf ears

Coal may have played an integral role in turning the U.S. into the world's top economic superpower, but President Obama is actively pushing China, India and other emerging economies to ignore the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution and instead embrace renewable sources favored by those on the political left. Published July 3, 2014