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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

** FILE ** George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

Zimmerman jury deliberates as Florida, nation on edge

As a jury weighs the fate of accused murderer George Zimmerman, leaders in Sanford, Fla., and beyond are pleading for calm but also preparing for violence as one of the most racially charged trials in recent U.S. history draws to a close. Published July 13, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. right, accompanied by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gestures as he speaks with reporters on Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, about student loan rates following a Republican strategy session. Interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent last week because Congress didn't avert a rate hike built into the law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Blame game escalates; student loan bill fails again in Senate

Senators are going back to the drawing board after another attempt to address the July 1 increase in college-loan interest rates failed Wednesday and left millions of students faced with even more debt as they head into the fall academic term. Published July 10, 2013

Opponents of HB 2, an abortion bill, yell outside the Texas House after the bill is provisionally approved on July 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. (Associated Press)

Texas House passes nation's most restrictive abortion bill

The Texas House on Wednesday passed new abortion limits widely seen as the most restrictive in the nation and, in doing so, guaranteed the state will remain ground zero in the white-hot national debate over life and choice. Published July 10, 2013

Binz record on energy in Colorado concerns many

As Ronald J. Binz heads to Washington to become one of the country's most powerful energy regulators, critics say the former Colorado official leaves in his wake a record of dramatic overreach, an outright hostility to coal and an "anti-business" bent. Published July 9, 2013

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Julian Assange, Edward Snowden promise more secrets will be revealed

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Sunday that Edward Snowden — the former National Security Agency and CIA contractor still holed up in a Moscow airport after leaking classified national security information to media outlets — has more secrets to reveal and that there's nothing the U.S. government can do to stop him. Published June 30, 2013

** FILE ** Sens. John McCain (left), Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, two of the authors of the immigration reform bill crafted by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight," shake hands on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, June 27, 2013, before the final vote. (Associated Press)

House GOP to Senate: No rush on immigration

As the immigration reform debate moves to the House, Republicans have all but rejected the Senate's comprehensive approach and instead are embracing a package of targeted bills. Key sponsors of the Senate legislation, however, aren't giving up hope. Published June 30, 2013

** FILE ** This file photo from October 2008 shows a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont., the state's largest producer of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. (Associated Press)

Feds: Massive amounts of carbon dioxide can be stored underground

President Obama's new climate change agenda seems to spell the eventual end of coal-fired power plants in America. But new findings released Wednesday could offer a path to survival for the fuel, which still provides about 40 percent of the nation's electricity. Published June 26, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama wipes away sweat during a speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama administration pumps unprecedented power into EPA

With the Environmental Protection Agency set to take on an even broader regulatory role in the years ahead, a report released Wednesday shows the agency's footprint already is at a historic high. Published June 26, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks about speech about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama gives himself an out on Keystone

President Obama on Tuesday used a hyped speech on climate change to signal — with a wink and a nod — that he's likely to approve the $7 billion Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Published June 25, 2013

A new White House video reveals that climate change is much on President Obama's mind (image from the White House)

Obama to push unilateral action against climate change

President Obama says he will renew his push to combat climate change, beginning with a speech Tuesday — but he will find his options more limited than during his first term when temperatures appeared to be on the rise, along with momentum for curbing greenhouse gas emissions at home and abroad. Published June 24, 2013

President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel ... in private

The White House over the past several days has launched a public relations offensive to convince Americans that, under President Obama's leadership, privacy and Fourth Amendment rights won't be sacrificed in the name of national security. Published June 23, 2013

**FILE** The sun rises May 13, 2009, over the Guantanamo detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (Associated Press)

White House still mulling Taliban swap offer for U.S. POW

As the Obama administration prepares for a potential sit-down with the Taliban, the White House hasn't decided whether it will entertain a trade offer that would return an American soldier held since 2009 in exchange for five Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay. Published June 21, 2013