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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

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden "would love" to return to the U.S. "if the conditions were right," his top legal adviser Jesselyn Radack said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS photographs)

Obama faces 'day of action' to protest NSA reforms

With exceedingly low expectations for President Obama's long-awaited reforms to U.S. surveillance programs, critics now are planning a 'day of action' to voice their displeasure and disappointment with the White House and the National Security Agency. Published January 16, 2014

Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder and board chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, accompanied by President Barack Obama, waves as they enter the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where the president announced he would nominate Contreras-Sweet to head the Small Business Administration (SBA) . (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama announces new head of Small Business Administration

President Obama on Wednesday named his choice to lead the Small Business Administration and established an electronics technology hub in North Carolina, but those and other steps won’t bridge the gaps that still exist between his administration and the broader business community. Published January 15, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, jobs, and manufacturing, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama launches research hub in North Carolina

Following up on his pledge to make 2014 a year of executive action on the economy and other issues, President Obama on Wednesday designated Raleigh, N.C., as the new hotspot in electronics research. Published January 15, 2014

John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, speaks with editors and reporters of The Washington Times in December. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Roundtable to Obama: 'Start a business' to aid economy

President Obama has vowed to take a variety of unilateral actions in his second term to boost the economy, but one of the leading voices in the American business community said Wednesday that the president, if he truly wants to help jump-start the economy, should start his own business. Published January 15, 2014


No Spain, no gain: Obama praises country's recovery

With the U.S. still struggling to fully rebound from the Great Recession, President Obama on Monday lauded Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the progress he's made in stabilizing his country's economy and shepherding Spain to back-to-back quarters of fiscal growth. Published January 13, 2014

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, left, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama dodges questions on Gates' book

President Obama on Monday wouldn't wade into the firestorm created by Robert Gates' book and instead lauded the former defense secretary's service. Published January 13, 2014

**FILE** White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, where he discussed topics including former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book and press access at the White House. (Associated Press)

White House pushes back against Gates allegations

The Obama administration pushed back Monday against former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' allegations that the president lacks "passion" when it comes to most military matters. Published January 13, 2014

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech next to the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon outside the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Joe Biden praises the late Ariel Sharon at memorial service in Israel

President Obama may have come off as lukewarm in his praise for the late Ariel Sharon, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday praised the late Israeli prime minister in a 17-minute eulogy that included quotations from Shakespeare, the Book of Genesis and Irish novelist James Joyce. Published January 13, 2014

In this Jan. 9, 2014, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J.  Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied. Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie's second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn't endorse Christie for re-election.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

N.J. lawmaker: Christie's 'Bridgegate' denials not credible

A New Jersey lawmaker leading the investigation into the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal said Sunday that Gov. Chris Christie's claim to have known nothing about September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge simply isn't believable. Published January 12, 2014

The book titled "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy instincts. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

McCain, Rubio: Gates should have waited to publish book

A pair of Republican senators said Sunday that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates should've waited to publish his bombshell book that contains scathing critiques of President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and others within the administration. Published January 12, 2014

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Giuliani emerges as Christie's biggest defender

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still under fire for the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal, but he's found a vocal ally in former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Published January 12, 2014

**FILE** Karl Rove (Associated Press)

Rove: Bridge scandal won't sink Christie

The presidential hopes of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likely will survive the unfolding George Washington Bridge scandal, leading Republican strategist Karl Rove said Sunday. Published January 12, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about benefits for the unemployed, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president applauded a Senate vote advancing legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed as an important step. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to clear the bill's first hurdle. But Republicans who voted to move ahead still want concessions that will have to be worked out before final passage. The Republican-controlled House would also have to vote for it.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama glosses over poor record on poverty

Poverty levels have been stuck at near-historic levels in recent years, but President Obama on Wednesday glossed over those troubling figures and defended his record. Published January 8, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden, left, talks to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a discussion on the state's rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in the Red Room at the Capitol  in Albany, N.Y. The state has received federal disaster funds for relief and rebuilding, with an estimated $5.1 billion in the current fiscal year's budget. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

2016 frenemies Biden, Cuomo push infrastructure spending in New York

In two years, Vice President Joseph R. Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be enemies as they vie for the Democratic party's presidential nomination, but on Tuesday the two men praised each other and vowed to work together to rebuild the Empire State following a series of devastating storms. Published January 7, 2014