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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

White House press secretary Jay Carney answers a question during the daily press briefing, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in the White House briefing room in Washington. Carney answered questions on the ongoing rollout of the website. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama administration: Private sector runs better websites

Those visiting HealthCare.Gov still are experiencing delays, a fact that demonstrates how the private sector simply is better than the government when it comes to building a functional website, according to the White House. Published December 2, 2013

"There are certain circumstances where it is not feasible to have independent journalists in the room," White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. (Associated Press)

White House seen shaping image by limiting access

A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but the Obama administration's controls on photojournalists may say even more about how this White House sees the role of a free press in the digital age, analysts say. Published December 1, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, defends the vote to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts on Thursday. According to the Congressional Research Service, Mr. Reid filed cloture on just 54 nominations from 2009 through 2012, and only seven of them were filibustered. (Associated Press)

Senate's 'nuclear' move opens one-year window for Obama on nominations

After the bomb may come the flood. By invoking the "nuclear option" last week, the Democrat-controlled Senate has given the White House a clear but temporary path to install judicial and executive nominees who otherwise may have faced stiff opposition from Republicans. Published November 24, 2013

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The president said he supports the move by Senate Democrats to make it harder for Republicans to block his nominees. Obama spoke shortly after the Senate voted 52-48 to weaken the power of the filibuster. The rule change will make it harder for minority Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama touts successes, singles out 'reckless' tea party

President Obama on Saturday again tried to turn attention away from his troubled health-care reform law and to other issues, while also placing the blame for Washington dysfunction and gridlock squarely on the shoulders of "a reckless few" — a clear shot at tea party Republicans in the House. Published November 23, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, speaks to the media after the Democrat majority in the Senate pushed through a major rules change, one that curbs the power of the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama's nominations for high-level judgeships and cabinet and agency officials, on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House seeks more time from Hill for Iran deal

Negotiations with Iran over that nation's nuclear program continue to plod along, but Senate leaders have put a clock on those talks by announcing plans to enact further sanctions against Iran as soon as next month. Published November 22, 2013

President Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Mr. Obama was commenting on the Senate's move to make it harder for Republicans to block his nominees. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Enough is enough': Obama backs new Senate rules

President Obama on Thursday expressed strong support for Senate Democrats' move to enact the so-called "nuclear option" and alter congressional rules to clear the way for judicial and other executive nominees. Published November 21, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House press corps revolts over lack of Obama access

Tensions between the Obama administration and the White House Press Corps boiled over Thursday amid a lack of access to the president and the use of government photographers as substitutes for independent journalists. Published November 21, 2013

President Barack Obama awards former President Bill Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama, Clinton hide tension behind smiles at medal ceremony

Whatever tension exists between President Obama and former President Bill Clinton — and by all accounts, there’s plenty — it wasn’t on full display Wednesday when the two men came together for a White House ceremony and a tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy. Published November 20, 2013

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, following a meeting with President Barack Obama. The President met with chairmen, ranking members, as well as other members of the Senate Banking Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Armed Services Committees, and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding Iran. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Some senators 'unsatisfied' with White House approach on Iran

A key senator emerged from Tuesday's meeting with President Obama saying some lawmakers are "unsatisfied" with the administration's proposal to begin easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for that nation halting parts of its nuclear program. Published November 19, 2013


Netanyahu: Iran nuclear pact a 'bad deal'

With the international community inching toward an agreement with Iran that would slow parts of that nation's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday cautioned against accepting "an exceedingly bad deal" that he says would threaten the very existence of his country. Published November 17, 2013