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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

A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy walks away March 7, 2012, from an old school bus in Spendora, Texas, where an 11-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother were found living on their own. Both of the children's parents are in prison, officials said. (Associated Press/Houston Chronicle)

School bus drivers take turns for the worse

School bus drivers across the nation have made headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, including spectacular crashes and charges of drunken driving and theft of the iconic yellow vehicle. Published April 16, 2012

Obama issues order to coordinate fracking oversight

In a move that immediately drew praise from across the energy industry, President Obama on Friday issued an executive order to better coordinate federal oversight of "fracking," the popular but controversial natural gas extraction method. Published April 13, 2012

Then-Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle (center) is surrounded by airmen at an advanced air base in Tunisia on Jan. 28, 1943. Below them, a B-25 Mitchell bomber takes off from the USS Hornet's flight deck for the bombing mission over Japan on April 19, 1942. (Associated Press photos/Illustration by The Washington Times)

Five survivors of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders recall daring sortie

The five remaining survivors of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders — the daring crew that led America's first military strike against the Imperial Japanese homeland, four months after the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor — recognize their prominent place in history seven decades later. Published April 12, 2012

** FILE **  Grade school students line the street of a Massachusetts town.

School returns 'God' to song of patriotism

God may once again bless the USA at Stall Brook Elementary. The Bellingham, Mass., school, under fire for changing the lyrics of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" to "We Love the USA" for an upcoming fourth-grade concert, reversed course Thursday after drawing a backlash from parents and hints of legal threats from Mr. Greenwood, who penned the 1984 tune. Published April 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to reporters Sunday at a restaurant in West Bend, Wis. His chance of winning the state's primary is a long shot.

Santorum looks to home state for boost

Rick Santorum is now calling his home state of Pennsylvania a must-win in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, just as his hopes in Wisconsin, which votes on Tuesday, continue to fade. Published April 1, 2012

Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wisconsin's Sen. Johnson endorses Romney

Two days before Wisconsin Republicans go to the polls, GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has picked up another key endorsement in the Badger State. Published April 1, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden responds to a question from Bob Schieffer, host of the CBS Sunday-morning program "Face the Nation," during an interview recorded on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

Biden slams Republicans for blocking programs for renewable energy

More investment in "green" technology is shaping up to be a cornerstone of President Obama's re-election effort, and the administration's No. 2 man on Sunday accused Republicans of standing in the way of wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. Published April 1, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum smiles during a campaign stop in Platteville, Wis., on Saturday, March 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Santorum eyeing Pennsylvania primary

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum continued on Sunday to reject calls that he drop out of the race and concede victory to front-runner Mitt Romney. Published April 1, 2012

Churches step up environmental activism

God is going green. With a Bible in one hand and a protest sign in the other, many religious activists are now moving in lockstep with the environmental movement in the fight against oil and gas drilling. Published March 28, 2012

No new coal plants under draft EPA rules

The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday proposed greenhouse-gas regulations that effectively would prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Published March 27, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (The Washington Times)

Graham says Obamacare will hurt Dems this fall

With the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set to begin hearing oral arguments over the constitutionality of Obamacare, a leading Republican senator predicts the issue could sink Democrats in the fall. Published March 25, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama is introduced by White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe before the president speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

White House sure its energy policy is an election winner

Widespread criticism from the oil and gas sector hasn't shaken the White House's faith that, when given the choice this fall, Americans will choose President Obama's energy plan over that of his Republican challenger. Published March 25, 2012

Arne Duncan (Associated Press)

Education Secretary Duncan defends big increase in school funding

Education Secretary Arne Duncan used Thursday's appearance before a key House subcommittee to not only defend the Obama administration's request for a $1.7 billion increase in school funding for fiscal 2013, but also to rip the GOP budget proposal laid out by Rep. Paul Ryan earlier this week. Published March 22, 2012

Lack of infrastructure stalls natural gas use

With unprecedented amounts of natural gas in storage because of soaring supplies and plummeting prices, industry leaders and their political allies are mounting a major effort to find new uses to work down the glut. Published March 20, 2012

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