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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

President Barack Obama listens to a question submitted on Tumblr, read by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp, left, during a Tumblr forum, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama says America 'should be ashamed' of its gun laws

Despite virtually no legislation on gun control and little hope for a breakthrough, President Obama made clear this week he still sees the issue as a top priority in his second term, publicly chastising lawmakers and gun-rights advocates and telling them they "should be ashamed" of U.S. firearms laws. Published June 10, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at an event honoring the NCAA Basketball Champion UConn Huskies Men's and Women's Basketball teams, and their 2014 NCAA Championships, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama uses executive authority to ease student loan burdens

President Obama on Monday used his executive authority to offer college graduates some relief from crushing student loan debt and took pointed shots at Republicans, whom he again accused of favoring oil companies and billionaires over America's struggling middle class. Published June 9, 2014

President Obama has vehemently defended his decision to swap five Taliban guerrillas for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but the president may no longer have control over the narrative and likely will face increasingly intense questioning over the deal. (Associated Press)

President Obama under bipartisan attack over Bergdahl exchange

While abroad in Europe last week, President Obama vehemently defended his decision to swap five Taliban guerrillas for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but upon returning home to Washington over the weekend, the president may no longer have control over the narrative and likely will face increasingly intense questioning over the deal. Published June 8, 2014

White House counselor John Podesta speaks during a breakfast in Washington hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on June 6. (Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor)

Top adviser to Obama says carbon rules are a political winner

A top adviser to President Obama said Friday that the administration's highly controversial restrictions on carbon emissions from power plants not only will improve public health and mitigate the effects of climate change but also carry political benefits for supporters of the proposal. Published June 6, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama, right and French President Francois Hollande place a wreath, at the Normandy American Cemetery, at Omaha Beach as they participate in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Colleville sur Mer in Normandy, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

'Freedom's victory' — Obama commemorates 70th anniversary of D-Day

Telling World War II veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago that they exemplified the "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom," President Obama on Friday commemorated the D-Day invasion and paid a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in the fight to liberate Europe. Published June 6, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Lawmakers say fear for Bergdahl's life is no excuse for Obama's secrecy

Obama administration officials said Thursday that they feared the Islamic militants holding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would kill him if word of their deal to exchange him for five Taliban fighters leaked — offering the latest justification in the face of growing political controversy over why President Obama sidestepped Congress to make the trade Saturday. Published June 5, 2014

With President Obama leading the way, the G-7 Thursday committed to adopting a "global agreement" on climate change in the next year. Earlier this week, the EPA released new regulations designed to cut carbon emission by 30 percent by 2030. (Associated Press)

G-7 commits to adopting 'global' climate change agreement

President Obama on Thursday doubled down on his quest to save the world from climate change, urging every nation to "do its share" to reduce carbon emissions and follow the highly controversial path the White House is forging here in the U.S. Published June 5, 2014

Biden, McCain to head U.S. team at Ukraine inauguration

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and other U.S. officials will travel to Kiev on Saturday to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko, the White House announced Thursday. Published June 5, 2014

President Barack Obama British Prime Minister David Cameron speak during a news conference at the G7 summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama opens door for 'businesslike' meeting with Putin

Saying he's always had a "businesslike" relationship with Vladimir Putin, President Obama on Thursday opened the door to meet with the Russian leader when the two men visit Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing. Published June 5, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.   Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty, a faceoff that could further strain U.S.-Moscow relations and dampen President Barack Obama's hopes to add deeper cuts in nuclear arsenals to his legacy.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Still no plans for Obama-Putin meeting this week, White House says

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany all plan to meet with President Vladimir Putin later this week at events marking the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, but the White House says President Obama has no plans to talk with the Russian leader. Published June 4, 2014