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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

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with FIFA President Sepp Blatter during their meeting before the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw in the Konstantin palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

White House criticizes Vladimir Putin's posture

The White House on Thursday criticized Vladimir Putin's posture and said the Russian president has perfected the image of someone who is laid back, perhaps even bored, during meetings with international leaders. Published September 24, 2015

American Catholics are "concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty," Pope Francis told President Obama at the arrival ceremony in his honor at the White House. (Associated Press)

Pope lectures Obama on religious liberty

Pope Francis called for American leadership Wednesday in combating climate change, embracing immigrants and caring for the poor, using his unparalleled pulpit to sound solidarity with President Obama on a host of issues -- but the pontiff also poked the White House on religious liberty, and insisted pro-life and family causes were at the center of his visit. Published September 23, 2015

In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama calls out 'folks like John McCain' on climate change

President Obama believes "folks like John McCain" are responsible for the 2009 death of cap-and-trade legislation, a political failure by the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats that has ultimately led to a host a new climate-change regulations from the president's Environmental Protection Agency. Published September 23, 2015

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pope Francis welcomed, lauded by Obama at White House

With a level of pomp and circumstance rare even in Washington, President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House Wednesday and praised the pontiff for leading on a host of social and moral issues. Published September 23, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by President Obama, greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Pope Francis brings brief political truce to Washington

Raucous cheers erupted Tuesday as Pope Francis set foot in the U.S. for the first time, kicking off a six-day, three-city American tour that promises to dominate the headlines and present politicians with the chance to bask in the "glow" of association with the popular pontiff. Published September 22, 2015

Pope Francis talks with President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pope Francis arrives in U.S., greeted by Obamas, enthusiastic crowd

As onlookers erupted with cheers, Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon set foot in the U.S. for the first time as pontiff and was greeted by President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, other administration officials and a raucous crowd of supporters. Published September 22, 2015

Illustration on the climate change debate by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Republican candidates turn climate change into debate on economy

Last week's Republican presidential debate may have provided a window into how GOP candidates will handle the thorny issue of climate change, with a number of White House hopefuls skirting a debate on the science of global warming and instead taking aim at the costs and consequences of President Obama's prescription to save the planet -- a strategy that some analysts say cedes the issue to Democrats. Published September 21, 2015

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said Sunday she's confident that her support will continue to grow as more Americans learn about who she is and what she stands for. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina poll surge has Hillary Clinton scrambling to shed 'insider' label

Carly Fiorina's strong performance in last week's Republican presidential primary debate has rocketed her up the polls, leaving the top of the GOP field dominated by Washington outsiders and forcing Democrats -- especially Hillary Rodham Clinton -- scrambling to shed the label of political insider. Published September 20, 2015

Speculation continues to swirl that Vice President Joseph R. Biden will make a run for the White House in 2016, but Iowa Democrats have said the party's current options are already more than viable. (Associated Press)

Biden policy may echo Obama's

After keeping a low profile following the death of his son earlier this year, Vice President Joseph R. Biden has re-emerged to become the biggest defender of President Obama's agenda, selling everything from the administration's climate change policies to its Detroit bailout and, in the process, making clear he won't distance himself from the current president in a potential 2016 White House bid. Published September 17, 2015