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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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FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., officially announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Denver Lumber Company in Denver. Gardner will run against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. The Senate race in Colorado has shot toward the top of the nation’s most competitive contests this midterm election year, giving the Democratic incumbent a tougher battle than he expected and Republicans a new pickup opportunity in their drive to win the chamber’s majority.  Udall responded to Gardner’s surprise challenge by quickly trying to define his opponent as an extremist.  (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, File)

House Republicans to push gas exports

House Republicans will move forward this week with legislation to expedite exports of American natural gas, which supporters argue will help Europe and Ukraine break their dependence on Russian fuel and cut Moscow's influence in the region. Published April 6, 2014

** FILE ** Adm. Mike Mullen. (Associated Press)

Military hitting the breaking point on mental health problems

As more details come to light surrounding Spc. Ivan Lopez's state of mind before he fired on fellow service members at Fort Hood last week, the clearer it becomes, lawmakers and military leaders say, that the mental health of returning veterans no longer can be relegated to the back burner. Published April 6, 2014

Senate Consumer Protection subcommittee Chair Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., holds up a document as she questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, during the subcommittee's hearing on General Motors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sen. McCaskill: 'Moment of truth' for General Motors

With public fury growing over General Motors' handling of faulty ignition switches in some of its vehicles, Sen. Claire McCaskill said Sunday the auto giant now faces a "real moment of truth" and must make restitution to the families of those killed by the defects. Published April 6, 2014

** 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