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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 - This May 12, 2014 file photo speaks President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Friday marked the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision by recommitting to "the long struggle to stamp out bigotry and racism in all their forms." Obama also scheduled a meeting Friday with families of the plaintiffs as well as the lead attorneys and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Obama will host the group, including lawyers Jack Greenberg and William Coleman, in the White House East Room. Greenberg argued the case; Coleman was a leading legal strategist.  (AP Photo, File)

Obama marks 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education

President Obama on Friday commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision, a landmark ruling that signaled the end of separate public schools for white and black students. Published May 16, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater went on to lead Louisville to one of the biggest upset in BCS bowl history after taking a brutal hit in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. The NCAA scarcely mentions concussions in its manual. (Associated Press)

White House plans sports concussion summit

The Obama administration will invite athletes, coaches, parents and other stakeholders to the White House on May 29 for a summit on sports-related concussions. Published May 16, 2014

'Nothing can ever break us' — somber Obama dedicates 9/11 memorial

More than a decade after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, President Obama on Thursday spoke at a dedication ceremony for the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum and said the courage of those who put their own lives on the line to save others will inspire future generations. Published May 15, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has promised a vote on Keystone if the Senate moves forward on an energy efficiency bill. (Associated Press)

Democrats struggle to decide if blood is thicker than oil

With the Keystone XL oil pipeline exposing deep rifts in the Democratic Party, the White House remains tight-lipped on whether the president would sign or veto legislation approving the massive Canada-to-Texas project. Published May 11, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will have a hard time cutting their ties to the Obama administration if they run for president in 2016. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton taking heat from GOP — and Democrats

From her handling of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack to her husband's economic record, Hillary Clinton came under fire over the weekend from all quarters — including taking indirect shots from those inside her own party. Published May 11, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles as she walks on stage during the Philanthropy New York's annual meeting, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Ford Foundation in New York. Clinton was interviewed by television journalist Robin Roberts during the event. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rubio gives Hillary an "F’’ as secretary of state

Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday had harsh words for one of his potential 2016 rivals, saying former Secretary of State Hillary deserves an "F’’ at best for her four years on the job. Published May 11, 2014

Throwing shade on solar push? Obama riles organized labor with Walmart visit

Citing the dangers of climate change, President Obama on Friday took new executive action to promote renewable power and energy efficiency, but the venue the White House chose to make its announcement — a San Jose-area Walmart — led to an uproar among some Democrats and leading figures in organized labor who object to the company's workplace practices. Published May 9, 2014

Obama: Midterm elections crucial to breaking cycle of 'cynicism and dysfunction'

President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that the looming November midterm contests are vitally important — even more important than his own election victories in terms of breaking "this downward spiral of even more cynicism and more dysfunction" that has gripped the nation's political system. Published May 8, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter hold a joint news conference in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)

White House disputes Putin claim of Russian troop withdrawal from Ukraine border

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his troops have pulled back from the Ukrainian border — a claim immediately disputed by the White House — and also declared that an insurgent-backed referendum Sunday should be scrapped, raising questions about whether Mr. Putin has blinked or is merely trying to distance Moscow from further violence and unrest. Published May 7, 2014