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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 Obama speaks in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House spins trade defeat as 'good sign'

The White House on Friday tried to spin the resounding defeat of President Obama's trade agenda in the House as a "good sign" and pledged not to give up the fight. Published June 12, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

White House makes last-ditch push on trade bill

President Obama and other top White House officials are in regular communication with leaders on Capitol Hill as the administration makes a last-ditch attempt to push controversial trade legislation past the finish line. Published June 11, 2015

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base from a trip to the G-7 summit in Germany, on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EPA expands reach, targets greenhouse-gas emissions from aircraft

The Obama administration declared Wednesday that airplanes are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to expand its reach to yet another sector of the economy as the president seeks to cement his legacy on climate change. Published June 10, 2015

Claire Harrison, of Alpharetta, Ga., protests the Environmental Protection Agency during a July 29, 2014, rally in Atlanta in response to an EPA hearing on tougher pollution restrictions. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court tosses challenge to EPA carbon rules

A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's controversial plan to limit carbon emissions on existing power plants, paving the way for the rules to go into effect before the president leaves office. Published June 9, 2015

US President Barack Obama arrives to speak at a news conference at the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama launches new $34 million climate change initiative

President Obama on Tuesday joined with the U.K. government and private partners such as Google to launch a $34 million project to help developing countries better prepare for the effects of climate change. Published June 9, 2015

"There is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case. It has been well-documented that those who passed this legislation never intended for folks who were going through the federal exchange not to have their citizens get subsidies," President Obama said. (Associated Press)

Obama blasts Supreme Court for accepting challenge to health care law

President Obama assaulted the nation's top court and seemed to criticize the U.S. legal system as a whole Monday, with the former constitutional law professor declaring that the Supreme Court was wrong to even accept a challenge to his signature health care reform law and deriding the fact that an "individual district court judge" was able to derail his deportation amnesty. Published June 8, 2015

President Obama drinks from a bottle of water after his speech at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio, on July 5, 2012. Obama is on a two-day bus trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA finds fracking poses no direct threat to drinking water

Fracking does not pose a direct threat to drinking water supplies, the Obama administration said Thursday in a major study that represents a serious blow to environmentalists and other vocal opponents of U.S. oil and gas production. Published June 4, 2015

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. in this 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA's renewed renewable fuels push has critics fuming

The Obama administration's move last week to increase the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels that must be blended into gasoline supplies left virtually everyone unhappy, casting new doubt on the future of the government's long, contentious Renewable Fuel Standard. Published May 31, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama, intelligence chief plead for Senate GOP to relent on Patriot Act standoff

President Obama and the government's chief intelligence official made a plea Friday for Senate Republican leaders to relent in their fight to preserve the NSA's phone-snooping program, saying that unless a deal is reached by Sunday, investigators will no longer be able to apply for new roving wiretaps come Monday. Published May 29, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gets a campaign assist from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, at the Warren County Regional Airport in Paul's hometown, Bowling Green, Ky., on Nov. 3, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House likens McConnell-Paul 'feud' to Hatfields and McCoys

The White House said Friday that the ongoing "feud" between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul is just the latest in a long line of Kentucky conflicts, dating back to the famous Hatfield-McCoy battles of the late 1800s. Published May 29, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Biofuels mandate mess: New EPA ethanol standards under fire

The U.S. energy boom and low gas prices have wreaked havoc with the federal government's mandate to blend more ethanol and other biofuels into fuel supplies, leaving the Obama administration under fire and struggling to meet the mandates set by Congress nearly a decade ago. Published May 29, 2015