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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

Holding up signs reading "I am Charlie" and French flags attend a rally in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands gathered Sunday throughout Paris and cities around the world, to show unity and defiance in the face of terrorism that killed 17 people in France’s bleakest moment in half a century. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Top Obama officials MIA at Paris unity rally

Heads of state from Europe to the Middle East marched in Paris Sunday to honor the victims of last week's terrorist attacks, but the U.S. was represented only by an ambassador as higher-ranking officials either stayed home or worked behind the scenes. Published January 11, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden leans in to say something to Maggie Coons, next to her father Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., after Biden administered the Senate oath to Coons during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Coons: My daughter doesn't think Joe Biden is creepy

Video of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s awkward interaction with Sen. Chris Coons' daughter went viral last week, but the Delaware Democrat denies that his child believes the vice president is "creepy." Published January 11, 2015

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands at the end of a news conference at the G7 summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Britain's Cameron to visit White House this week

British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Washington later this week for a series of meetings with President Obama, the White House announced over the weekend. Published January 11, 2015

President Obama (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama's Keystone amnesia: President ignores GOP pipeline push

President Obama on Saturday talked about higher education, affordable housing, the resurgence of the auto industry, health-care reform, growth in the manufacturing sector and a variety of other issues — virtually everything except the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which is at the top of Republicans' agenda now that they have full control of Congress. Published January 10, 2015

FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo sisters Jenni Harrington, left, and Abbi Kleinschmidt pass a stake that marks the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline on Harrington's property near Bradshaw, Neb. The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline but Harrington says they won't sell out the next generation for any amount, not even $50 million. No matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until the state of Nebraska signs off on the route.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Court upholds Keystone pipeline route through Nebraska

In a move that may force President Obama to finally make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday tossed a lawsuit challenging the project's route through the state, eliminating a major legal hurdle and again placing Keystone's fate in the hands of the White House. Published January 9, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Joe Manchin: We could override Obama veto on Keystone bill

As a key Senate committee cleared legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a prominent supporter of the project said Thursday he believes the chamber could have enough votes to override a presidential veto of the bill. Published January 8, 2015

Small, increasingly cheap drones have become wildly popular for recreation, and it's unclear how the FAA will regulate operators who want to use the vehicles for that purpose alone. (Associated Press)

FAA's failure to regulate U.S. drone boom creates climate of confusion

The Obama administration is under increasing fire from some in the drone industry who say the federal government — by falling woefully behind schedule in drafting regulations to govern the unmanned craft — has created a climate of confusion that could stifle innovation. Published January 6, 2015

Liberals, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are taking on President Obama and so-called Wall Street Democrats in an effort to thwart confirmation of a key Treasury nominee. (Association Press)

Left jab: Elizabeth Warren, liberals hammer Obama on Treasury nominee

Upon returning from Hawaii this week, President Obama will confront a growing firestorm around a key Treasury nominee, with senators across the ideological spectrum seemingly ready to do battle with the White House in one of the first political fights of 2015. Published January 4, 2015

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this July 27, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

U.S. sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack

President Obama on Friday signed an executive order imposing broad new economic sanctions against North Korea and its leaders, casting the step as American retaliation for the hacking of Sony Pictures last year. Published January 2, 2015

President Obama, on vacation this week with his family in Hawaii, is enjoying an approval rating rebound, likely brought on by his recent bold policy moves and holiday goodwill. Analysts say he'll have to work with Republicans in Congress to keep his numbers up. (Associated Press)

Obama's approval ratings rebound as he re-energizes his base

A combination of bold policy moves and holiday goodwill has translated into a noticeable bump in approval ratings for President Obama, but some analysts say the so-called "comeback" will be fleeting unless the White House changes course and actively courts Republican partners for heavy legislative lifts. Published December 31, 2014

By aligning with Pope Francis, President Obama can highlight agreement on issues with one of the world's most respected figures. (Associated Press)

Obama finds an ally on political controversies at the Vatican

President Obama increasingly is finding a key policy ally in the Vatican, with Pope Francis standing virtually shoulder to shoulder with the White House on income inequality and a historic diplomatic reboot with communist Cuba. Published December 30, 2014