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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

A bouquet of flowers is taped to a stairway rail near the closed entrance to Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa. A knife wielding student injured over 20 people in a stabbing attack there on April 9. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Obama calls principal of Pa. high school devastated by stabbings

The White House said Mr. Obama phoned principal Ron Suvak "to express his deepest sympathies for the senseless act that took place on campus yesterday," and also expressed gratitude for the "heroic actions by students, faculty and staff." Published April 10, 2014

**FILE** Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., laughs with Rev. Al Sharpton during a speech to an audience at the 9th annual National Action Network convention Saturday, April 21, 2007 in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Live wire: Obama to headline Sharpton's conference

The president will address the National Action Network convention in New York City, and the White House said Wednesday that recent news about Mr. Sharpton's role in providing the federal government with key information about top organized crime families hasn't caused them to rethink Mr. Obama's involvement. Published April 9, 2014

President Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School on Monday. At Bladensburg, the Obama administration unveiled the $107 million Youth CareerConnect program designed to "deliver real-world learning opportunities for students" and offer specific training in a given field before a student graduates high school. (Associated Press)

Obama touts $107M high school career connection program

President Obama on Monday opened up taxpayers' checkbook for education and continued a hallmark of his presidency — working around Congress to dole out billions of dollars in grants to individual states and districts, as long as they enact the kinds of changes the administration wants to see. Published April 7, 2014

President Barack Obama waves as he is introduced before speaking at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., Monday, April 7, 2014, about the economy and to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama to give $7 million grant to Bladensburg High School

President Obama announced Monday a $7 million grant to Bladensburg High School, part of a larger effort by the administration to help U.S. students catch up with the rest of the world in college and career training. Published April 7, 2014

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