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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

President Barack Obama speaks at McGavock High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Obama ends post-SOTU trip with education speech

President Obama wrapped up a two-day, four-state tour Thursday by turning his attention to education, another portion of the revamped “opportunity agenda” he's pledged to undertake without Congress this year. Published January 30, 2014

Obama, Republicans share goals, but not solutions

President Obama and congressional Republicans both said this week they want to find common ground, but even though they share many of the same broad goals — putting Americans back to work, aiding a struggling middle class and promoting opportunity for all — there is little agreement on how to get there. Published January 30, 2014

President Obama greets audience members at a Costco store in Lanham, Md., where he spoke about the need to raise the minimum wage. The president is promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Economists see few dollars and little sense on Obama agenda

The plan President Obama laid out this week to try to revive a sluggish economy and build "ladders of opportunity" into the middle class has been received largely with yawns from economists and business groups. Published January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama tours the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., before speaking about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama creates 'MyRa' accounts

At the second stop of his post-State of the Union road trip, President Obama on Wednesday officially established a new retirement plan for working Americans and promised his broader economic agenda will help rebuild a struggling middle class. Published January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama throws in towel on global-warming legislation

President Obama came to office promising significant action to fight climate change, and Tuesday night's State of the Union indicates this administration fully recognizes any action on that issue over the next three years will come not through legislation but through regulations and executive actions. Rather than call for a "comprehensive energy and climate bill" as he did in 2010, Mr. Obama on Tuesday focused on much smaller goals and touted the controversial efforts of his Environmental Protection Agency to cut down on carbon emissions from power plants. Published January 28, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Carney discussed Syria, security for the Sochi Olympics, and other topics.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: Don't judge Obama by what Congress does

Average Americans rightfully are frustrated with Congress, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday, but they should not decide whether President Obama's time in office has been a success or a failure based solely on "the amount of legislation that passes" the House and Senate. Published January 27, 2014

**FILE** NBA center Jason Collins poses during the Boston Celtics' media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins to be guest of Michelle Obama

Jason Collins, who last year became the first male player in major American team sports to come out as gay, will be one of first lady Michelle Obama's guests for Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the White House announced Monday. Published January 27, 2014

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell kept press out of a meeting in Colorado to ensure an "open and frank conversation," said her spokesman. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Reporters barred from Interior Department event

The Obama administration's testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it's now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting last week. Published January 26, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks to members of the Outdoor Industry Association at a trade show for outdoor gear makers Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Jewell made a pitch Wednesday for a privately funded youth conservation corps and sought donations for the effort from executives at an outdoor-gear trade show. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Colorado firestorm: Administration bars scribes from public meeting

The Obama administration's testy relationship with the press is nothing new in Washington, but it's now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week. Published January 24, 2014

"My aim is to make sure that energy remains affordable for households and companies," says Gunther Oettinger, energy commissioner for the European Commission. Leaders in the European Union are revamping their approach to climate change because higher energy costs have not sit well with consumers in a struggling economy. (Associated Press)

Ambitious climate change goals too costly for EU

With "unintended consequences" of its ambitious agenda being felt in sluggish economies across the Continent, the European Union on Wednesday made a dramatic retreat from its climate change goals. Published January 22, 2014

President Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. The White House says Mr. Obama "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality" during their March 27 meeting. (Associated Press)

Obama to meet with Pope Francis, a pontiff that even Democrats can embrace

Since Francis denounced "trickle-down economics" and income inequality in November, Mr. Obama and top congressional Democrats have used those words as ammunition in their push for a minimum-wage hike, an unconditional extension of long-term jobless aid and other goals that Republicans have resisted. Published January 21, 2014