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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.

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Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Natural gas industry high on future, despite current low prices

Despite looming federal regulations and rock-bottom market prices, leaders in the natural gas business are confident the shale boom that's helped revitalize economies from Pennsylvania to Wyoming is only just getting started. Published March 19, 2012

** FILE ** The gates of Harvard University lead to a school with a $13 billion endowment and a ranking as the university with the best reputation in the world. (Associated Press)

U.S. starts to lose its academic reputation

U.S. and U.K. universities still sit at the head of the class in world higher education, but emerging schools in Asia and elsewhere threaten to shift the global balance of academic power, a major study shows. Published March 14, 2012

Earthquake link casts cloud over fracking

In another blow to the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, officials in Ohio now say wastewater produced by the popular process is likely responsible for a rash of recent earthquakes. Published March 12, 2012

Fracking firms eye pipeline to D.C. market

In another sign of the fracking boom that's helped revitalize Pennsylvania's economy, three major energy firms say they want to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from the Keystone State as far south as the Washington, D.C., market. Published March 5, 2012

Natural-gas producers fear rules blitz

With the Obama administration ramping up the pressure on natural-gas drilling companies, industry leaders fear a looming wave of federal regulations could strangle what has become one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy. Published March 1, 2012

**FILE** People walk on the campus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

Scientists protest cost of research journals

Call it the white-coat revolution. But instead of a Tunisian man burning himself about his vegetable cart, it's research scientists protesting the high cost of the Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation journal. Published February 29, 2012

Students change classes on Dec. 8, 2010, at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Charter school teachers fear IRS rules change

A little-noticed proposed change in Internal Revenue Service regulations could have devastating effects for charter school teachers by making them ineligible for state retirement plans, and they could stand to lose much of the money that they already have accrued. Published February 12, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination at a rally in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Santorum: 'It's a two-person race'

Undeterred by Mitt Romney's big weekend, Rick Santorum on Sunday called the bid for the Republican presidential nomination a "two-person race" and said the former Massachusetts governor's campaign has grown "desperate" in its attempt to win over conservative voters. Published February 12, 2012