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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

Investigators examine the train derailment site, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, after a fatal Amtrak derailment Tuesday night, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least six people, and injured dozens. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Obama 'deeply saddened' by Amtrak crash

President Obama said Wednesday he was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the Amtrak train crash that killed six people and injured more than 60 others Tuesday night. Published May 13, 2015

President Obama delivers the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D., on May 8, 2015. Obama visited South Dakota to promote his proposal to offer two years for free community college to qualified students. (Associated Press)

Obama: Free community college in 'everybody's interest'

President Obama on Friday called on Congress to close tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires and use the savings to offer all Americans a higher education, saying that two years of free community college is in "everybody's interest." Published May 8, 2015

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, leaves 10 Downing Street in London with a soldier, to attend a VE Day service at the Cenotaph, Friday, May 8, 2015. Cameron's Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's Parliamentary elections winning an unexpected majority.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Obama congratulates Cameron on U.K. election win

After a resounding election win for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative party, President Obama on Friday offered congratulations and vowed the U.S. and the U.K. will remain key partners on a host of global issues. Published May 8, 2015

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Sept. 30, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama promises 'consultations' with Israel on Iran nuclear negotiations

As the U.S. and its allies pursue a final nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama promised Thursday that as negotiations continue he'll consult closely with Israel, despite the Israeli government's deep reservations about the current path toward an agreement with Tehran. Published May 7, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Boehner needs to 'do his job' and pass trade authority: White House

The Obama administration said Tuesday it is the responsibility of House Speaker John A. Boehner to push trade promotion authority through his chamber, rejecting the notion that President Obama needs other high-profile Democrats such as Hillary Clinton to help nudge the legislation across the finish line. Published May 5, 2015

President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Alliance is an outgrowth of his year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative, which has focused on federal government policies and grants designed to increase access to education and jobs. Mr. Obama has spoken out on recent events in Baltimore, which he says highlights the need for greater relations between the police and communities of color. (The Daily News via Associated Press)

Obama likely to focus on race relations post-presidency

President Obama still has 20 months left in the Oval Office, but he appears to be laying the groundwork for his post-presidential career — a focus on racial reconciliation and improving economic opportunity for young blacks and Latinos. Published May 4, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities through mentoring and business partnerships. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama blasts media coverage of Baltimore riots

President Obama on Monday took a shot at the media for its coverage of last week's violence in Baltimore, saying news outlets too often focus only on looters and rioters rather than on those who are trying to solve the complex problems plaguing America's cities. Published May 4, 2015

FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Monday, May 4, 2015. Police shot and killed the men after they opened fire on a security officer outside the suburban Dallas venue, which was hosting provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons Sunday night, authorities said. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Obama condemns shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest

The White House on Monday condemned a shooting at a controversial cartoon contest in Texas, saying that while Muslims may have found the event offensive there is no justification for violence. Published May 4, 2015

President Barack Obama hosts a lunch with My Brother's Keeper mentees in the Map Room of the White House in Washington int his Feb. 27, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama to expand My Brother's Keeper program

Days after racial tensions bubbled to the surface and led to violence on the streets of Baltimore, President Obama on Monday will speak about the educational and economic challenges facing young men of color and also will announce an expansion of his signature My Brother's Keeper initiative. Published May 4, 2015

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces challenges in prosecuting the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. (Associated Press)

Democrats, Republicans blame each other for Baltimore mayhem

As Baltimore moves on from a week that saw riots, curfews and charges against six police officers, a new political fight erupted Sunday, with Republicans and Democrats trading shots over who is responsible for the extreme poverty gripping America's inner cities. Published May 3, 2015

** FILE ** President Obama points to a member of the audience at a meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, May 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama veto threats irk GOP

President Obama this year has taken veto threats to unprecedented heights, setting a new record while vowing to block a host of GOP-backed bills that span the political spectrum. Published May 3, 2015