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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

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at the inauguration ceremony of the Afghan National Agriculture Science and Technology University accompanied by Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, in Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. A total 4.5 million U.S. dollars has been spent by the government of India in building the university. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

Obama plans complete troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by year's end

Tuesday brought a fresh reminder that the more-than-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan will not conclude on U.S. terms, with the Obama administration revealing it’s planning for a complete withdrawal from the troubled country at the end of the year. Published February 25, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 12, 2009, file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. An attorney for Ramis said the actor died Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Obama: Late Harold Ramis taught us to question authority

President Obama on Tuesday paid tribute to the late Harold Ramis, the Chicago-born actor, writer and director who was famous for films such as "Caddyshack," "Ghostbusters," "Animal House" and others. Published February 25, 2014

Obama to establish new manufacturing hubs

President Obama on Tuesday will unveil two new “manufacturing innovation institutes,” public-private partnerships established through executive authority. Published February 25, 2014

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama to speak to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Okla. gov. announces Obama's Keystone timetable; White House won't confirm

A leading Republican governor claimed Monday that President Obama will make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline within “a couple of months,” but the White House refused to confirm the story and added even more uncertainty to the already murky future of the $7 billion project. Published February 24, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack participates in a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama phones Putin for help in solving Kiev violence

President Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Friday afternoon to discuss the violence in Ukraine and the recent deal to begin de-escalating the situation there. Published February 21, 2014

President Obama speaks on energy matters at the TransCanada pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., on Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/L.M. Otero)

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

A Nebraska judge threw a major hurdle in front of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Wednesday, setting into motion yet another review of the $7 billion project and pushing President Obama’s eventual final decision even further down the road. Published February 19, 2014

With a map of the United States on a truck in the background, President Barack Obama speaks about how having a fuel-efficient truck fleet can boost the economy and help combat climate change, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama’s fuel-efficiency speech another ‘do as I say’ event

President Obama's visit to suburban Maryland on Tuesday to announce new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks was anything but efficient, as the commander-in-chief took a 15-vehicle caravan on an hour-long round trip just to deliver a 17-minute speech at a local Safeway distribution center. Published February 18, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks about drought on a local farm with Joe Del Bosque,  right, and Maria Gloria Del Bosque, of Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., in Los Banos, Calif., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In drought-ravaged California, Obama sounds alarm on climate change

Mr. Obama and many Democrats, along with their supporters in the environmental community, have held up extreme weather events such as California's drought, Hurricane Sandy and others as proof that global warming is wreaking havoc all across the planet. Published February 14, 2014

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from "House of Cards." The second season of the popular original series premieres on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 on Netflix. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

Obama on 'House of Cards:' No spoilers

President Obama has more power than anyone in America, but he wants to watch one of his favorite TV shows just like everybody else. On Twitter late Thursday, the president noted that season two of the hit Netflix series “House of Cards” premiers Friday and added a request. “No spoilers, please,” Mr. Obama said. Published February 14, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, Joel McHale attends the New York Comedy Festival's Stand Up For Heroes concert in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

'Community' star McHale to headline correspondents dinner

Joel McHale, star of the NBC series "Community," will headline this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, joining the long list of comedians and entertainers who have poked fun at the president and the news media at the annual event. Published February 14, 2014