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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers energy and the environment for The Washington Times. He covered Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in 2016, and prior to that spent two years as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Before coming to The Times in 2011, Ben worked as political reporter at The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

White House press secretary Jay Carney answers question about the implementation of the new health care law during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

White House: Shutdown a bigger deal than Obamacare

Some Republicans have sought to cast Tuesday's elections as a referendum on the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but the White House argues that voters actually care much more about the recent government shutdown. Published November 5, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks at an Organizing for Action event in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama adds an 'if' to his 'you can keep your plan' promise

In his latest defense of his troubled health care reform law, President Obama on Monday night massaged past statements and told supporters that the administration had indeed promised Americans they could keep their insurance plans — as long as they hadn't been changed. Published November 4, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Obama shifts focus from health care website woes toward budget

Obamacare's troubled rollout still is dominating the headlines, but President Obama on Saturday tried to change the conversation and turn attention toward his priorities in budget negotiations with congressional Republicans. Published November 2, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama's rival in the 2012 presidential election, signed the state's landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Obama to Americans who lost 'cut-rate' insurance: Go shopping

Making a fierce defense of his namesake health care reform law, President Obama on Wednesday told Americans who are losing coverage that it's time to bid their "cut-rate" plans goodbye and go shopping for better insurance. Published October 30, 2013

** FILE ** Work has begun on the Keystone XL pipeline near Winona, Texas, but whether it will ever carry oil sands from central Canada to Gulf Coast refineries awaits a decision by President Obama. (Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph via Associated Press)

Both sides on Keystone agree Obama must act

It's been largely obscured by surveillance scandals, the disastrous Obamacare rollout and the recent government shutdown, but a decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline still looms over the White House. Published October 29, 2013

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