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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

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at North Division High School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Immigration heckler booted from Obama speech

President Obama on Tuesday night stumped for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, but not before he was sidetracked by a protester urging the administration to take greater action on immigration. Published October 28, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama gives 'Pookie' specific reasons to get off the couch and vote

He is still bashing Republicans at every turn, but President Obama's rhetoric this midterm campaign cycle has evolved from broad warnings about the dangers posed by the GOP to an issue-specific pitch designed to get Democratic voters off the couch and to the polls. Published October 28, 2014

President Barack Obama and Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown campaign at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. This is Obama's first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. Brown lost to Republican Larry Hogan in a shocker on election night (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Governors central to implementing Obama's agenda, White House says

While he's been virtually invisible on the congressional campaign trail, President Obama has zeroed in on gubernatorial races across the country because governors are crucial to implementing the administration's agenda, White House officials said Tuesday. Published October 28, 2014

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

More safeguards needed to protect personal tax information: federal audit

A federal audit released Tuesday found that the Internal Revenue Service should institute greater "management oversight and internal controls" to prevent the disclosure of personal tax information following reports that the tax records of a Republican Senate candidate were illegally accessed in 2010. Published October 21, 2014

The EPA, headed by Gina McCarthy, says strontium, which can reduce bone strength among those deficient in calcium, is the latest contaminant to be targeted under the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. (Associated Press Photographs)

EPA weighs new move to regulate drinking water

In what some specialists are calling the latest step in a "regulatory evolution," the Environmental Protection Agency said it may expand its authority over drinking water supplies by singling out the element strontium. Published October 20, 2014


O'Malley faces steep climb to 2016 White House bid

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has steadily climbed the political ladder over the past 15 years, but the next rung presents a seemingly insurmountable challenge as he likely positions himself as a liberal alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. Published October 19, 2014

Obama launches initiative to cut identity theft

Calling identity theft a "heartbreaking" crime that robs Americans of their financial security, President Obama on Friday signed an executive order to put in place new protections for consumers who receive government benefits. Published October 17, 2014

Critics maintain that President Obama has spent far too much time engaged in leisure activities during recent times of national crisis. However, the president has, in recent days, canceled fundraising trips to Connecticut and New York to meet with his Cabinet in the hopes of addressing the deadly Ebola outbreak, which has claimed thousands of lives in Africa before recently spreading to the U.S. (Associated Press)

Leisure-prone Obama gets belatedly serious on Ebola

From golfing to raising piles of cash for the Democratic party, President Obama's itinerary often remains unchanged even in the face of crisis or tragedy, but the commander in chief took a much different tack this week as fears over Ebola mount. Published October 16, 2014

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during an appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Top White House official secretly visited Iraq

A top White House official spent the past four days in Iraq meeting with Iraqi and United Nations officials about the fight against the Islamic State, administration officials announced Thursday. Published October 16, 2014

Obama cancels second day of travel due to Ebola outbreak

President Obama has canceled planned events and will remain in Washington for the second day in a row to oversee the government's response to the Ebola outbreak, the White House said late Wednesday night. Published October 16, 2014

conflagration: Thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, as fighting continued between Syrian Kurds and militants of the Islamic State group. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, has been under assault since mid-September. Story, A9 (Associated Press)

Obama strategy, legal authority for Islamic State offensive in question

The U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State finally has an official name, but the larger strategy and legal justification behind the operation remain as murky as ever, more than 60 days after President Obama informed Congress of the campaign. Published October 15, 2014