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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

Ambulances line up a site of a trolleybus explosion, background, in Volgograd, Russia Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.  A bomb blast tore through the trolleybus in the city Volgograd on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at 17 at the city’s main railway station. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

White House offers security aid after Russia blasts

With Russia reeling from two deadly suicide bombings in as many days, the White House on Monday offered to help with security at the 2014 Winter Olympics, slated to begin in less than six weeks in Sochi. Published December 30, 2013

The United States United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power listens as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. The U.N. Security Council voted to temporarily increase the U.N. peacekeeping force in conflict-torn South Sudan to 12,500 troops from 7,000, a nearly 80 percent increase. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

U.N. to nearly double peace-keepers in South Sudan as violence explodes

The carnage in South Sudan has reached new heights, international officials say, after at least three mass graves were discovered Tuesday in the war-torn African nation, the brief existence of which is now threatened by growing political and ethnic conflict. Published December 24, 2013

Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat (Associated Press file photo)

Civil rights leaders slam Obama on judicial picks

The Obama administration is under fire from powerful House Democrats and some in the civil rights community for its recent picks to fill four judicial vacancies on Georgia's Northern District federal bench. Published December 23, 2013

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to the media as he and first lady Michelle Obama meet with a group of mothers in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama sends 45 service members to South Sudan

Amid growing chaos in South Sudan, President Obama has deployed military forces to that country to protect the U.S. embassy and other American assets, he told congressional leaders in a letter Thursday night. Published December 19, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 in Washington. Carney answered questions about a Congressional budget deal. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

White House says it's open to 45 of panel's proposed 46 NSA changes

A long-awaited review of U.S. mass surveillance and data-collection programs produced a laundry list of recommendations for how the Obama administration should clean up its intelligence-gathering efforts to better protect sensitive information and the privacy of American citizens. Published December 19, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacts during a news conference after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych in Moscow on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.  Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sharply cut the price for its natural gas supplies to Ukraine and will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds, but says there was no discussion about Ukraine joining a free trade pact of three ex-Soviet nations. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

White House hints Olympic envoys a shot at Putin over gay rights

With a wink and a nod, the White House on Wednesday admitted it's sending a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin by choosing openly gay athletes to represent the U.S. at February's Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony in Sochi. Published December 18, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Carney answered questions about a federal judge that made headlines this week by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Under pressure, White House to unveil key surveillance report

In a change of course, the White House on Wednesday afternoon will publicly release an internal report on government surveillance efforts, a highly anticipated document that also will include recommendations for how the federal government can best balance its intelligence-gathering efforts with Americans' right to privacy. Published December 18, 2013

**FILE** Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (center), Vermont Democrat, speaks with committee members and Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (right) of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 22, 2013, during the committee's hearing on immigration reform. (Associated Press)

Top Democrats reject court ruling over NSA spying on Americans

Top Democrats pushed back Tuesday against a federal judge's ruling that the NSA's phone-records collection program violates privacy rights, asking for higher courts to quickly get involved and bring legal certainty to the murky world of intelligence gathering. Published December 17, 2013

**FILE** Tennis great Billie Jean King (Associated Press)

White House announces delegation for winter Olympics

With less than two months before the games begin, the Obama administration on Tuesday revealed the roster of the American delegation to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Published December 17, 2013

President Barack Obama meets with technology executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington,Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. From left are, Mark Pincus, founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga,  Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!, and Obama. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Apple, Google, Facebook tell Obama: Rein in government snooping

The nation's leading technology companies took their concerns over government surveillance directly to the source Tuesday, pressing President Obama to rein in what is widely viewed as excessive and intrusive data-collection and snooping. Published December 17, 2013