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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 [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

President Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington, about the economy. (Associated Press)

Obama lays down markers in coming budget battles with GOP

With most of Washington — and the nation — focused on Monday's mass shooting at Navy Yard, President Obama went ahead with a blistering political speech and offered a preview of bitter battles with Republicans this fall over the nation's debt ceiling and federal budget. Published September 16, 2013

President Obama (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

As Syria cools, White House again looks to pivot to economy

Amid problems in Syria, a stalled immigration reform bill and other challenges, President Obama once again is pivoting to the economy in an effort to convince Americans that, without his policies, the nation would not have emerged from the 2008 financial meltdown. Published September 15, 2013

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement on Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama stays out of Biden-Clinton 2016 fray

Political pundits already have begun to analyze and hype the likely 2016 Democratic presidential primary fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Published September 15, 2013

President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama to speak Monday on financial crisis

On Monday, five years after the failure of Lehman Brothers and subsequent stock market crash brought the U.S. economy to depths from which it is still recovering, President Obama will address the nation from the Rose Garden. Published September 14, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama is joined by actress Eva Longoria at Watertown High School in Watertown, Wis. on Thursday at an event to encourage people to drink more water. Her claim that it increases energy raised eyebrows. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

First lady: Water increases energy

The nation's most prominent anti-obesity crusader, first lady Michelle Obama, has turned her attention to beverages and is encouraging Americans to drink more water. Published September 12, 2013

President Obama leaves after laying a wreath at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, during a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Day of remembrance now for 2 terrorist attacks

Sept. 11 already was a day of remembrance, but Wednesday confirmed that the day is now known as the anniversary of two terrorist attacks, and lawmakers spent Wednesday walking a fine line between commemorating the nearly 3,000 who died in 2001 and vowing vengeance or placing blame for the four who died in Libya in 2012. Published September 11, 2013

President Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Obama administration uses grotesque images to sell Syria strike

In selling a strike against Syria to a skeptical American public, top administration officials repeatedly have evoked the chilling videos and images from the aftermath of the deadly Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus. Published September 10, 2013

**FILE** Carry teams move flag-draped transfer cases of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, from a transport plane during the Transfer of Remains ceremony on Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Washington. (Associated Press)

A year later, White House vows justice for Benghazi attackers

The White House on Tuesday night used a statement on Sept. 11 "preparedness and security" to pledge to bring to justice those behind last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which claimed the lives of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and touched off a political firestorm at home. Published September 10, 2013

Anti-war activists march down Pennsylvania Avenue to voice opposition to proposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Obama edges toward Russian plan for Syria to turn over chemical weapons

Facing overwhelming opposition from the public and fears in Congress that he lacks a sound military plan, President Obama backed away Monday night from his proposed missile strike against Syria and said he would pursue a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control. Published September 9, 2013