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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

Pa. governor takes fiscal reins of debt-strapped capital

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday declared a fiscal emergency in the state capital of Harrisburg, removing much of the authority over police, firefighting, trash collection and other services from city officials and placing it in the hands of his administration. Published October 24, 2011

Debt incinerates pride in Pa. capital

Harrisburg, a proud city of almost 50,000, now stands on the edge of bankruptcy and likely will turn over its troubled checkbook soon to state lawmakers, the last resort after years of poor investment and political infighting. Published October 23, 2011

Rand Paul

'No Child' overhaul proceeds with support of both parties

After 13 hours of debate, a key Senate panel approved its long-awaited education reform bill with bipartisan support Thursday night, a major step in the process of overhauling the 10-year-old No Child Left Behind law. Published October 20, 2011

Paul pulls plug on education bill markup

Sen. Rand Paul put a quick end to Wednesday morning's Senate markup of a long-awaited education reform bill to overhaul the 10-year-old No Child Left Behind law. Published October 19, 2011


NASA expresses hope Russia's rocket problems can be corrected

Despite a high-profile recent failure, NASA officials are expressing confidence that the Russian space program is capable of ferrying supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station and remain optimistic that there will be no future problems. Published October 12, 2011

Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo)

Harkin comes up with bipartisan education-reform bill

Hailing it as a breakthrough of bipartisanship, Sen. Tom Harkin on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited education reform package, a wide-ranging bill that in many ways reduces the federal government's involvement in local districts and state education systems. Published October 11, 2011

Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, as chairman of the education panel had promised a reform bill in the spring. He is expected to present his plan Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Harkin has blueprint for education reform ready

After months of delay, Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, is expected to release his blueprint for education reform on Tuesday, following the White House, Senate Republicans and the House GOP, in laying his cards on the table in the debate over what should replace the decade-old No Child Left Behind law. Published October 10, 2011

With the Washington Monument behind them, protesters, calling for the end of the Federal Reserve, march Oct. 9, 2011, to the Federal Reserve in Washington. (Associated Press)

Parties see protests as two sides of coin

In 2009, where Democrats saw an unruly mob, Republicans saw patriotism. In 2011, where Republicans see an unruly mob, Democrats see patriotism. That was the "tea party." This is the "Occupy" movement. Published October 9, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia (left) and House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio (right) have written to President Obama, asking him to kill the Federal Motor Carrier Administration's new trucking guidelines that would reduce driving hours.

Truckers seek brake on new rules

Top House Republicans have thrown their support behind the trucking industry and are urging the Obama administration to hit the brakes on proposed regulations that would further limit how long each day that tractor-trailer drivers can stay behind the wheel. Published October 6, 2011

Bill Graves (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Trucking industry's road rage

Potholes and high fuel prices could soon be the least of the trucking industry's problems. Published October 3, 2011

Black principals a factor in schools

Sharing skin color with their principal makes life better for many American teachers, according to a major new study from the University of Missouri. Published September 29, 2011

Darine Son, a cocktail waitress, serves beer to Bob Schank while he plays cards at a blackjack table last week in Parx Casino, near Philadelphia. The gambling house and nine others in Pennsylvania are providing thousands of jobs and raking in billions of dollars in tax revenue for the state. But there is opposition to the gambling on moral grounds. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pa.'s gamble on casinos paying off big

Just five years after its first casino opened, Pennsylvania now generates more tax revenue from card games and slot machines than any other state in the nation — and it isn't even close. Published September 28, 2011

GAME PLAN:  A gambling floor at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Conn., draws many of its customers from Massachusetts, but the Massachusetts legislature is expected to pass a bill to allow three resorts and a slots parlor. New England states are hurrying to keep their resident gamblers home by opening casinos within their own borders. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

New England battles for gaming dollars

Led by Massachusetts, legislators and state officials across New England are lining up behind casinos as the heart of American puritanism eyes a transition into the Las Vegas of the Northeast. Published September 27, 2011

Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican, called the waiver approach to overhauling the No Child Left Behind law "a dangerous precedent." (Associated Press)

Some in GOP back Obama on NCLB

Over objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill, President Obama is making it clear he will proceed with his blueprint education reform and an overhaul of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. Published September 26, 2011