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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

** FILE ** President Barack participates in a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama phones Putin for help in solving Kiev violence

President Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Friday afternoon to discuss the violence in Ukraine and the recent deal to begin de-escalating the situation there. Published February 21, 2014

President Obama speaks on energy matters at the TransCanada pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., on Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/L.M. Otero)

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

A Nebraska judge threw a major hurdle in front of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Wednesday, setting into motion yet another review of the $7 billion project and pushing President Obama’s eventual final decision even further down the road. Published February 19, 2014

With a map of the United States on a truck in the background, President Barack Obama speaks about how having a fuel-efficient truck fleet can boost the economy and help combat climate change, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama’s fuel-efficiency speech another ‘do as I say’ event

President Obama's visit to suburban Maryland on Tuesday to announce new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks was anything but efficient, as the commander-in-chief took a 15-vehicle caravan on an hour-long round trip just to deliver a 17-minute speech at a local Safeway distribution center. Published February 18, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about drought on a local farm with Joe Del Bosque,  right, and Maria Gloria Del Bosque, of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In drought-ravaged California, Obama sounds alarm on climate change

Mr. Obama and many Democrats, along with their supporters in the environmental community, have held up extreme weather events such as California's drought, Hurricane Sandy and others as proof that global warming is wreaking havoc all across the planet. Published February 14, 2014

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The second season of the popular original series premieres on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 on Netflix. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

Obama on 'House of Cards:' No spoilers

President Obama has more power than anyone in America, but he wants to watch one of his favorite TV shows just like everybody else. On Twitter late Thursday, the president noted that season two of the hit Netflix series “House of Cards” premiers Friday and added a request. “No spoilers, please,” Mr. Obama said. Published February 14, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, Joel McHale attends the New York Comedy Festival's Stand Up For Heroes concert in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

'Community' star McHale to headline correspondents dinner

Joel McHale, star of the NBC series "Community," will headline this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, joining the long list of comedians and entertainers who have poked fun at the president and the news media at the annual event. Published February 14, 2014

**FILE** Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, left, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for pictures at the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Saturday, Mar. 28, 2009. Biden is a one-day official visit to Chile. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin)

Biden to attend socialist Chilean president's inauguration

Michelle Bachelet — who, like President Obama and Mr. Biden, has focused much of her attention on the income gap between the rich and poor — was elected Chile's leader for the second time in December. She previously served as president from 2006 to 2010. Published February 13, 2014

Obama names Chu to head arts endowment

President Obama on Wednesday named his choice to lead the National Endowment for the Arts, which has been without a chairman for more than a year. Published February 12, 2014

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tour the Iron Dome Battery defense system at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on March 20, 2013. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Netanyahu to again visit Washington

For the second time in six months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington and meet with President Obama. Published February 12, 2014

President Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the federal government not to discriminate against those long-term unemployed workers in its own hiring practices in the East Room of the White House, as Vice President Joe Biden stands right, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Because he says so: Acting alone, Obama boosts minimum wage for contractors

President Obama's latest executive action boosted the minimum wage for federal contractors, but the White House struggled to answer specific questions about how many employees will be affected and how government agencies can implement the pay raise without busting their budgets. Published February 12, 2014