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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

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

** 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