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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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run could be complicated due to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. (associated press)

Hillary Clinton must distance herself from Bill, Obama in 2016

If she runs for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton may find herself not only having to distance herself from President Obama, but she will also have to put some space between herself and her own husband, former President Bill Clinton, on everything from marijuana policy to immigration. Published July 8, 2014

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai addresses a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Afghan Independent Election Commission released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner could be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud.(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama seeks to salvage Afghan election

Amid reports of widespread fraud and the possibility the entire Afghan presidential election will be delegitimized, President Obama on Tuesday called candidate Abdullah Abdullah and urged him to remain involved in the electoral process, rather than declare himself the winner and potentially throw the nation into chaos. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, a train hauls coal north out of downtown Seattle from the Rockies toward British Columbia. Regulators have received an unprecedented number of public comments on the disputed proposal to export millions of tons of coal to Asia from a facility along the Columbia River in Washington. Officials are preparing to sift through more than 163,000 comments to decide which environmental effects should be reviewed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Obama pleas to China, India to forgo use of coal falls on deaf ears

Coal may have played an integral role in turning the U.S. into the world's top economic superpower, but President Obama is actively pushing China, India and other emerging economies to ignore the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution and instead embrace renewable sources favored by those on the political left. Published July 3, 2014

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2011 file photo shows Robert McDonald, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. President Barack Obama is selecting the former Procter and Gamble executive as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, an administration official said Sunday, June 29, 2014. McDonald, 61, is a native of Gary, Ind., who grew up in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

VA nominee has 'management chops' to reform department: White House

Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald has the necessary "management chops" to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and fix systemic problems in how health care is delivered to veterans, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. Published June 30, 2014

President Obama sits down to have lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota Thursday. Mr. Obama traveled to Minnesota to begin a two-day trip, where he plans to put a human face on the policies Democrats are championing. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Obama takes Democratic wish list on road trip to Minneapolis

Seeming almost giddy to be outside Washington for a couple of days, President Obama on Thursday used a campaign-style town hall meeting in Minneapolis to double down on his push for gun control, more action against climate change, a higher minimum wage and a host of other Democratic wish list items heading onto the fall election. Published June 26, 2014

White House Press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Washington. The White House says it is "reserving judgment" on Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for extending a weeklong cease-fire in Ukraine, saying it puts more stock in Russia's actions than its words. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House blasts Boehner lawsuit against Obama

The White House fired back Wednesday at House Speaker John A. Boehner after the Ohio Republican announced he'll sue President Obama for overstepping his constitutional authority and abusing executive power. Published June 25, 2014

President Obama is scheduled to address the powerful League of Conservation Voters on Wednesday night, one year to the day after laying out his ambitious climate change agenda during a speech at Georgetown University. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Any port in the storm: Obama seeks safe haven with environmental voter base

With congressional elections looming, President Obama increasingly is catering to a staunch part of his political base: environmental groups, hard-core opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and others who share the administration's lofty goals surrounding climate change. Published June 24, 2014

White House precedent on Syria may complicate additional moves on Iraq

President Obama is on firm legal footing in dispatching troops to Iraq to guard the U.S. embassy and to serve as "advisers" to the Iraqi government, but some legal analysts said the administration's own past contradictions on policy could put any broader moves, such as airstrikes via traditional craft or drones, in a gray area. Published June 23, 2014