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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 ** Aboard Air Force One, former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former first lady Laura Bush, Dec. 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama a fan of George W. Bush's art

Former President George W. Bush has impressed many with his artwork, including his successor in the White House. Published April 4, 2014

President Obama is joined at the White House by Mark Miller (back, second from left), Ellyn Miller, and son Jake Miller, who are applauded by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, (back, left), Sen. Mark R. Warner, (fourth from left), Mike Gillette and Rep. Eric Cantor (right) after Mr. Obama signed into law a bill, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, on Thursday. (associated press)

Obama, Cantor find common ground on pediatric cancer bill

Nearly three years after the duo made political headlines for their testy encounter during debt negotiations, President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor appeared together at the White House on Thursday for the signing of a law officially ending public financing of party conventions while directing millions of dollars to pediatric cancer research. Published April 3, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about the shooting at Fort Hood, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama warns Dems against midterm 'hibernation'

President Obama told fellow Democrats on Wednesday night that his party often goes into "hibernation" during midterm election season, but said they must gain seats in Congress this year. Published April 3, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Carney was asked several questions about the deadline for people to sign up for the health care under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House: Cuba Internet program no secret

The White House on Thursday denied that the U.S. government secretly built a covert social network in Cuba designed to push citizens there toward dissent. Published April 3, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks to students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, about his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Obama shifts focus back to minimum wage increase in Michigan visit

Trying to put Obamacare's problems behind him, President Obama renewed his election-year push for an increase in the minimum wage Wednesday and the White House urged fellow Democrats to latch on to the issue for their own political gain. Published April 2, 2014

** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Liatvia's President Andris Berzins at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Biden to visit New Hampshire

Vice President Joseph R. Biden continues to fuel rumors he's gearing up for a 2016 presidential run. Published March 21, 2014

President Barack Obama makes a statement on Ukraine, Thursday, March 20, 2014, on the South Lawn at the White House before departing for Florida. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama sets new sanctions against Russia for Crimea takeover

Escalating a tense standoff with Moscow, President Obama announced a new round of sanctions Thursday against 20 top Russians for their role in the takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region and threatened further economic punishment if Russian President Vladimir Putin invades other regions of Ukraine. Published March 20, 2014

**FILE** Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a speech on climate change on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Jakarta. Kerry called for a "global solution" for climate change in the first of several speeches he will deliver this year on the topic. (Associated Press)

Critics say White House climate-change site promotes fear, wastes money

The White House on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious climate-change website and vowed to tap into the federal government's vast trove of weather data to better educate Americans — but critics say the effort is little more than fear-mongering and represents a waste of taxpayer money. Published March 19, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama speaks about Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House lumps Russia in with Syria, N. Korea

It's not a new "axis of evil," but the White House on Monday placed Russia alongside some of the world's most notorious regimes because of its recent actions in Ukraine. Published March 17, 2014

In this Sept. 21, 2011, photo, President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are seen during a meeting in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama, Abbas to meet Monday morning regarding peace talks

President Obama will sit down with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Monday morning, a key meeting that comes just weeks before a U.S.-imposed April deadline to complete a framework for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Published March 17, 2014

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat, denies the sexual harassment claims of a former aide. An ethics probe reportedly has been launched.

New 'gainful employment' proposal sparks criticism

The Obama administration is facing a torrent of criticism over its new "gainful employment" rule, a sweeping regulation designed to crack down on for-profit colleges, while protecting taxpayer money from being wasted. Published March 16, 2014

President Obama hugs first lady Michelle Obama after accepting his party's nomination for a second term as President of the United States during the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6, 2012. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

Obama to sign bill cutting taxpayer money for party conventions

The measure, which passed both the House and Senate this week, would redirect the about $18 million in public funds each convention received in 2012 to the National Institutes of Health for grants to pediatric research. Published March 14, 2014