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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 ** In this Feb. 28, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama seeks middle class support by extending overtime pay

From proposals aimed at poor Americans to accusing the GOP of a "war on women," President Obama and fellow Democrats want to cordon off key blocs of voters ahead of the midterm elections, and they expanded that effort Thursday to middle-class workers by targeting overtime pay. Published March 13, 2014

In this photo taken Saturday, March 8, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin watches downhill ski competition of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Roza Khutor mountain district of Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin wants war, says Ukrainian prime minister

As the U.S. and its allies eye further action against Russia, Ukraine's new prime minister Wednesday passionately accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of seeking to seize control of the Crimean Peninsula and fomenting all-out war in a bid to "revise the outcomes" of World War II. Published March 12, 2014

U.S., allies threaten 'further action' against Russia

The U.S. and its key allies on Wednesday threatened "further action" against Russia if it continues to support and encourage a planned secession vote in Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula. Published March 12, 2014

President Barack Obama,  with the help of store employee Susan Panariello, shops for sweaters at GAP clothing store in Manhattan during his unannounced visit, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Obama used the visit to talk about raising the minimum hourly wage standards and applauded the GAP, who earlier in the year announced it was raising minimum wage for its employees. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama goes shopping at Gap as minimum-wage thanks

After completing his shopping, the president again thanked Gap for raising its employees' salaries. Last month, the company announced it would raise its minimum hourly rate this year to $9. Next year, it will go up to $10. Published March 11, 2014

This July 1, 1952 file photo provided by CBS shows TV Washington newsman Walter Cronkite. (Photo: Associated Press)

White House: Cronkite dead, Galifianakis will do

President Obama pitched his health care reform law on actor Zack Galifianakis' Internet parody show because broadcast news and newspapers no longer dominate the media landscape, the White House said Tuesday. Published March 11, 2014

FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testifies regarding the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2012 budget request before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gates asserts in a new memoir that President Barack Obama grew frustrated with U.S. policy in Afghanistan and that Vice President Joe Biden has been wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security issue. He also accuses members of Congress of inquisition-like treatment of administration officials.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Gates: Obama strategy won't stop Putin

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday the Obama administration's attempts to deter Russia from further aggression in Ukraine and across the region are likely to fail. Published March 9, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Paul takes veiled shot at Cruz, says GOP must focus on growth

Fresh off his landslide victory in The Washington Times/CPAC presidential straw poll on Saturday, Sen. Rand Paul took an indirect shot at one of his potential 2016 rivals and said the GOP must focus on expansion. Published March 9, 2014

President Barack Obama, center, talks with Marko Platts, right seated, and other students at Coral Reef High School, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Miami. Obama traveled to the Miami school to unveil a new initiative to ensure more students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a document required for most types of school financial aid such as Pell grants. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In Florida, Obama pushes federal college grants

Before heading to a upscale Florida resort for the weekend, President Obama on Friday told prospective college students to take advantage of federal financial aid programs and, if they don't, offered governors and high school leaders new power to give them a hand. Published March 7, 2014