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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

FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. The Obama administration on Monday, June 2, 2014, will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

EPA eyeing 30 percent emissions cut for power plants

Having failed to ram a key piece of his climate agenda through Congress in 2010, President Obama on Monday will endorse far-reaching new restrictions on carbon pollution widely expected to push states to embrace cap-and-trade-style systems. Published June 1, 2014

**FILE** President Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office on July 29, 2013. (Chuck Kennedy/White House)

Obama had secret lunch with Hillary Clinton on Thursday

Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the White House on Thursday and had lunch with President Obama — a meeting that was not part of the president's daily schedule and was only acknowledged by the White House after People magazine revealed it in a tweet. Published May 29, 2014

**FILE** John Podesta (Associated Press)

White House touts energy record ahead of new coal regs

Less than a week before releasing far-reaching new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the White House and its environmentalist allies on Thursday launched a preemptive attack against critics of its energy policy. Published May 29, 2014

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