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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

President Barack Obama speaks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, during a memorial service for the late former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last week at the age of 84.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama uses Foley memorial to blast media, gerrymandering

Questioning whether a man such as the late Tom Foley could exist in today's bitterly divided Congress, President Obama on Tuesday took a shot at the media and the gerrymandering of congressional districts during a memorial speech for the former House speaker, who died earlier this month. Published October 29, 2013

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Associated Press/File)

Besieged White House defends snooping programs

With European outrage over American surveillance reaching the boiling point, the White House on Monday recast the U.S. as the defender of not only its own security interests but also those of other nations across the globe. Published October 28, 2013

Former Vice President Dick Cheney attends the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dick Cheney: Military action against Iran may be inevitable

The Obama administration is optimistic that Iran's new leadership could offer an opportunity to repair diplomatic relations with the United States and to permanently halt Iran's nuclear ambitions. But former Vice President Dick Cheney believes that, eventually, America may have to resort to military force. Published October 27, 2013

** FILE ** Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear makes his victory speech during a election-night rally in Frankfort, Ky., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/John Flavell)

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear: 'Chill out' on Obamacare

Frustration with this month's Obamacare rollout continues to grow in Washington and across the country, but one Democratic governor has a message for critics of the program: "Chill out." Published October 27, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney smiles as he arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, after senators reached a bipartisan deal to avoid default and reopen the government. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Under fire, White House to push back Obamacare penalties

With Obamacare criticism mounting and a faulty website still frustrating consumers, the White House confirmed Thursday it will delay the date by which Americans must buy health insurance or face fines. Published October 24, 2013

President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. In the rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the mere fact that Obama and Sharif sit down is seen as a sign of progress. Few breakthroughs are expected on the numerous hot-button issues on their agenda Wednesday, including American drone strikes and Pakistan's alleged support of the Taliban. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pakistani PM to Obama: End drone strikes

President Obama and his Pakistani counterpart emerged from their meeting Wednesday at the White House vowing to work together to combat terrorism, but controversial U.S. drone strikes continue to cloud the relationship between the two nations and threaten future cooperation. Published October 23, 2013

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat (Associated Press)

He said what? White House refutes Durbin claim of incendiary GOP comment

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat with a history of incendiary statements including a comparison of Guantanamo Bay to a Nazi concentration camp, was hung out to dry Wednesday when the White House flatly dismissed the senator's claim that a top Republican made contemptuous comments toward the commander in chief during a recent closed-door meeting. Published October 23, 2013

FILE - The March 5, 2013 file photo shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel presenting a tap-proof mobile phone of Blackberry at a booth of Secusmart during the opening round tour of the world's largest computer expo CeBIT in Hannover. German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 after learning that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone, and said that would be “a serious breach of trust” if confirmed, her government said.  (AP Photo/dpa, Julian Stratenschulte)

White House: We're not spying on Merkel

President Obama on Wednesday spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to assure her the U.S. is not listening to her phone calls, the White House said. Published October 23, 2013

** FILE ** Parkland Memorial Hospital financial counselor Kaneaka Guidry, back left, helps Cathleen and Jerry Brown sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act while Vyncent Bosh, front left, receives help from Tiffany Ruiz, Parkland Memorial Hospital financial counselor, front right, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Ron Baselice)

White House won't rule out delay of Obamacare; buyers wait for website fix

The Obama administration remains committed to getting Obamacare up and running on time, but the White House this week left itself enough wiggle room if it decides it must delay the mandate that everyone have health insurance — a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act — if consumers continue to have problems signing up. Published October 22, 2013