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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

This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. (Associated Press)

Obama condemns ISIL's 'barbaric' slaying of David Haines

President Obama late Saturday vowed once again to destroy the Islamic State after the terrorist group released a video purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines — the third such video in less than a month. Published September 14, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at the National Urban League Conference at the Duke Energy Center, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley)  MANDATORY CREDIT;  NO SALES

Biden spins disappointing jobs report as 'reminder of how far we've come'

This week's Labor Department report showed that U.S. businesses added fewer jobs in August than in any other month this year, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Saturday spun the disappointing figures and used them to paint a picture of economic recovery. Published September 6, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama vows to 'hunt down' and 'dismantle' Islamic State

Under fire for his lack of a strategy to deal with the Islamic State, President Obama on Friday struck a firm and determined note and vowed the U.S. will "hunt down" and "dismantle" the Islamist organization in the same way it went after al Qaeda in the days after Sept. 11, 2001. Published September 5, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: We'll impose more sanctions on Russia

President Obama said Friday the U.S. and its European allies will move ahead with more economic sanctions against Russia, regardless of whether this week's cease-fire agreement between Russia and Ukraine brings an immediate end to violence. Published September 5, 2014

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 deploys flares during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo.)

NATO creates new 'readiness force' to counter Russia

NATO on Friday created a new "very high readiness force" of several thousand troops to deployed in eastern Europe, a clear signal by the international body that further Russian aggression in the region will not be tolerated. Published September 5, 2014

President Obama spoke in Estonia about the need for NATO to defend its member states, many of whom are wary of Russian incursions similar to what has occurred in the Ukrainian theater. (Associated Press)

Obama: Ukrainian military needs NATO backing

Although he's resisted bipartisan calls to send arms to Ukraine, President Obama urged NATO Wednesday to help strengthen the Ukrainian military amid conflicting reports of a tentative cease-fire plan in Kiev's five-month-old fight against Russian forces. Published September 3, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Obama is in Estonia for a one day visit where he will meet with Baltic State leaders before heading to the NATO Summit in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama talks tough on terror but shies away from 'war'

A day after the Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of another American, President Obama vowed to destroy the organization, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden pledged to follow the terrorists "to the gates of hell" — but neither man offered a strategy or was willing to say the U.S. is at war. Published September 3, 2014

Sacrificed: An image taken from a video released by the SITE Intelligence Group shows American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, 31, just before his execution. (SITE Intelligence Group via Associated Press)

Islamic State beheading of second U.S. journalist accelerates calls for war

Islamist militants on Tuesday released a video purportedly showing the gruesome beheading of a U.S. journalist — the second such execution of an American in less than a month and one that has accelerated bipartisan calls for President Obama to declare war on the terrorist group known as the Islamic State. Published September 2, 2014

White House press secretary Josh Earnest gestures during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, where he took questions on ISIS, Iraq, and Syria. He also received congratulations for his newborn baby. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President orders more troops to Iraq

On the same day Islamist militants apparently beheaded an American journalist, President Obama on Tuesday ordered another 350 troops to Iraq as the U.S. continues its fight against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State. Published September 2, 2014

In his Labor Day speech, President Obama tried to boost his administration's standing with the labor movement after a series of high-profile clashes. Most recently, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took aim at Mr. Obama's economic team, saying not enough progress has been made on behalf of the working class. (Associated Press)

Obama tries to bolster union support on Labor Day

After riling unions on everything from Obamacare to the Keystone XL oil pipeline to a stagnated economy, a passionate President Obama on Monday sought to rally organized labor and energize the key Democratic constituency ahead of the November congressional elections. Published September 1, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama as he speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Aug. 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama uses Labor Day holiday to push for higher minimum wage

Democrats' push to raise the nation's minimum wage has taken a backseat recently to crises in the Middle East and elsewhere, but President Obama on Saturday resumed the effort and accused Republicans of not caring about the standard of living of average Americans. Published August 30, 2014