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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

President Barack Obama, center, puts his arm over outgoing Sec. of Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan, left, as he announced his nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, right, to replace Donovan, in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Cabinet shuffle: Donovan to OMB, Castro to HUD

President Obama on Friday called on the Senate to quickly confirm his new picks to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Office of Management and Budget. Published May 23, 2014

U.S. Army Air Corps Maj. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle fastens a medal on the tail of a 500-pound bomb that his raiders dropped on Tokyo on April 18, 1942. Eighty men in 16 planes surprised the Japanese and shattered their sense of being impregnable. (Associated Press)

Obama signs resolution honoring Doolittle Raiders

President Obama on Friday honored the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, 80 airmen who made history in April 1942 by striking back against Imperial Japan only a few months after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Published May 23, 2014

** 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)

Putin blasts Obama: 'Who is he to judge?'

If President Obama wants to make accusations against Russia, he should go get a job as a courtroom lawyer, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Published May 23, 2014

President Obama looks at Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia during a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Mr. Obama visited the museum to highlight tourism and to help spur international visits to the 50 states. (Associated Press)

Obama pitches tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

With the growing veterans health care crisis swirling around him, President Obama on Thursday left Washington for Cooperstown, New York, where he toured the Baseball Hall of Fame and made a pitch for international tourists to come to the United States. Published May 22, 2014

President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, not pictured, before the MLB All-Star baseball game in St. Louis, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Obama: Michelle got rid of my 'mom jeans'

The president said Thursday that his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, "retired" the widely maligned jeans he wore when throwing out the first pitch of the 2009 MLB All Star Game. Published May 22, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. The White House moved Wednesday to address the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to an Oval Office meeting, hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill that would grant the secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama on VA allegations: 'It is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it'

As he struggles to contain the political damage from the widening VA scandal, President Obama met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki on Wednesday and emerged to say he's pushing for quick, decisive action — but critics say it's another example of his employing strong rhetoric without actually firing anyone. Published May 21, 2014

President Barack Obama listens to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, as soldiers who are part of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, race past, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during an event honoring the seventh annual Soldier Ride. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama to call Shinseki onto the carpet for VA health care debacle

President Obama will speak Wednesday morning immediately after meeting with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, as outrage and criticism mounts from both parties over the White House response to the expanding scandal of mismanagement at VA hospitals. Published May 21, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House struggles to get story straight on VA scandal; Obama still mum

With criticism and anger mounting on both sides of the aisle, the White House on Tuesday struggled to explain exactly when President Obama learned of lengthy wait times and false reporting at Veterans Affairs health care facilities but defended its larger effort to improve care for the nation's veterans. Published May 20, 2014

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaks at an Organizing for Action event in Washington. Organizing for Action, the nonprofit group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda, is scaling back its fundraising efforts and cutting its paid staff in half as focus shifts to the looming midterm elections, three Democratic officials said. Formed last year from the remnants of Obama’s vaunted re-election campaign, OFA raised more than $30 million in its first 15 months as it worked across the U.S. to build support for Obama priorities like health care, immigration and climate change. But the group’s aggressive courting of big-dollar donors has vexed many Democrats who worry the group is siphoning sorely needed dollars from Democratic campaigns just as the party is bracing for a difficult midterm election.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

At party fundraiser, Obama shrugs off Benghazi, health-care woes

President Obama told Democratic donors Monday night that Congress is wasting time investigating the Benghazi affair and focusing on the troubles with his health-care reform law instead of tackling important issues such as immigration reform and a minimum-wage hike. Published May 19, 2014

President Barack Obama greets players during an unannounced stop to surprise members of the Northwest little league baseball teams at Friendship park in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014. Obama stopped to meet with the players before heading off to a private Democratic fundraiser. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama drops by D.C. Little League games

On his way to a Democratic party fundraiser on Monday night, President Obama stopped at Washington's Friendship Park and tossed a baseball with Little Leaguers warming up for their evening games. Published May 19, 2014

A gunman aims his weapon in the hatch of a car at a local administration building preparing to patrol in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, May 19, 2014, with a huge Donetsk People's Republic flag in the background. Heavy mortar fire outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk has damaged a large gas pipeline and set off a fire. Slovyansk has been the epicenter of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian insurgents, who have seized government buildings across the east.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

White House: No sign Russian troops pulling back

The White House on Monday disputed Vladimir Putin's latest claim that Russian forces have begun to withdraw from the Ukrainian border, again calling into question whether the Russian president truly wants to de-escalate the situation or desires continued unrest ahead of Ukrainian elections on May 25. Published May 19, 2014

John McCain (Associated Press)

McCain blasts Obama administration over VA scandal

Sen. John McCain took pointed shots at the Obama administration Saturday and said much more must be done to fix "a systemic, cultural problem" inside the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Published May 17, 2014