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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** 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

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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

** 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