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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

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an unprecedented agreement to limit carbon emissions in an attempt to fight climate change in this 2014 file photo. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama climate change deal with China a stretch, analysts say

President Obama's climate deal with China could be derailed easily, analysts say, with the federal government's legal authority to limit emissions very much in doubt, questions about the auto industry's ability to meet fuel economy requirements and a brutal political fight with Republicans and the fossil fuels industry awaiting the administration as it implements a surprise plan. Published November 12, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, center, talk on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

Frosty foes: Obama, Putin talk Ukraine, Syria and Iran at Beijing summit

President Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin came face to face Tuesday while in Beijing, and the duo — known to have, at best, a frosty relationship — discussed a number of international crises during several conversations throughout the day. Published November 11, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks past U.S. President Barack Obama during the Aisa-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit family photo, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama in Beijing airs grievances with China

In Beijing, President Obama on Monday challenged China on human rights, intellectual property, freedom of the press, cyberhacking and a host of other hindrances to closer cooperation between the two economic superpowers. Published November 10, 2014

U.S., China visa deal a 'game-changer,' officials say

In what White House officials described as a "game-changer," President Obama on Monday announced a new visa deal with China designed to boost both countries' travel and tourism industries. Published November 10, 2014

President Obama disembarks Marine One to switch to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 7,  2014, for a trip to New York City and Greenwich, Conn. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama: 'We can't ever quit' on veterans

Months after his administration was rocked by scandal at the VA, President Obama on Saturday paid tribute to the nation's veterans and declared that the government and the American public "can't ever quit" on them. Published November 8, 2014

President Obama, who has vetoed only two minor bills since 2009, forecast some testier battles with congressional Republicans. "Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign," the president said. "I'll take some actions that some in Congress will not like." (Associated Press)

Obama sees no rebuke from midterms landslide, renews push on agenda

Reluctantly assessing his massive defeat in the midterm elections, President Obama said Wednesday that he understands angry voters want him to work with a new Republican majority, but he promptly urged action on many of his same priorities that resulted in stalemate in Congress. Published November 5, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is holding an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results after his party lost control of the Senate, and lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House, while putting a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Humbled Obama tells voters: 'I hear you'

After a crushing defeat for Democrats in the midterm elections, President Obama told American voters Wednesday he understands their frustrations and is fully prepared to work with Republicans in Congress. Published November 5, 2014

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to a rally of supporters of Kentucky senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Copper & Kings Distillery in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Elizabeth Warren is new Dem kingmaker; Clintons, Joe Biden backed losers

As the dust began to settle on the 2014 midterms, only one potential Democratic presidential hopeful can claim any semblance of success with her handpicked candidates — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has become a populist hero on the left. Published November 5, 2014