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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

** FILE ** President Obama speaks to supporters during an Oct. 24, 2012, campaign event at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa. The president began a two-day campaign blitz through eight states with stops in key battleground states Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. (Associated Press)

Obama auto-bailout strategy running on fumes in Ohio

The Obama campaign is counting on the auto-industry bailout to carry the president to a victory in Ohio, but it ultimately may hold little sway with voters across the state who are still out of work and struggling to stay solvent. Published October 25, 2012

Linda Lee (right), the owner of the Lions Den Coffee Bar in Fisherville, Pa., has arranged straw men of President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, having coffee together on the porch outside the front entrance on Monday as Nancy Jacobson looks on. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama's 'war on coal' puts Pennsylvania in play

If Republican Mitt Romney scores an upset and snatches Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes away from President Obama, it will largely be because of voters like Norma Fae Morris. Published October 23, 2012

President Obama gets a look at a wind turbine blade with TPI Composites workers Larry Crady and Dajeane Spencer during a May 2012 tour of the plant in Newton, Iowa. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama, Romney at odds on energy

The most confrontational moments of Tuesday night's presidential debate revolved around energy, with Mitt Romney again blasting President Obama for failing to take full advantage of American oil, natural gas and coal. Published October 17, 2012

** FILE ** In this June 25, 2012 photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Suit says California hasn’t looked at fracking’s risks

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit charging that the California's Department of Conservation "has failed to consider or evaluate the risks of fracking" and therefore is in violation of state law, the latest state-level clash over the booming new technique for obtaining oil and natural gas. Published October 16, 2012

President Obama, making phone calls Sunday to campaign volunteers with Suzanne Stern in Williamsburg, Va., is hearing accusations from the GOP that his administration is putting politics ahead of the safety of American diplomats. (Associated Press)

GOP: Libya shows Obama is 'incompetent'

As criticism of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, continues to grow, top Republicans on Sunday ripped the White House and accused the president's team of putting politics ahead of the safety of American diplomats. Published October 14, 2012

Biden, Dems enlisted by energy company to win billion-dollar loan deal, emails show

The White House contends that all energy loan guarantees are awarded solely on the merits of the project, with no political influence from President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden or other administration officials. But a series of emails from solar power giant BrightSource Energy Inc. show how the company applied political pressure and used behind-the-scenes cajoling to win a $1.6 billion loan guarantee in April 2011. Published October 10, 2012

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Justice Anthony M. Kennedy could be a key vote in an affirmative action case. The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Wednesday.

High court to again consider racial quotas

For the first time in nearly a decade, the issue of race as a factor in college admissions comes before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, thrusting affirmative action back into the national spotlight. Published October 9, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama participate in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Romney debate attack on green energy, says Obama picks 'losers'

President Obama's unwavering support for taxpayer-funded "green" energy projects came under fire at Wednesday night's presidential debate, with Republican Mitt Romney on the attack, accusing the incumbent of picking "losers" in the energy sector while turning his back on American fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal. Published October 4, 2012

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice (Associated Press)

Outrage growing on U.S. response to consulate attack

Outrage continued to grow Sunday over the Obama administration's initial reaction to the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, which is being blasted as disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst. Published September 30, 2012

Paul Ryan: 'We've had some missteps' in the campaign

With polls headed in the wrong direction and a torrent of conservative criticism continuing to mount, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan on Sunday admitted that the GOP ticket has made mistakes over the past few weeks, but he remains confident that presidential nominee Mitt Romney and he will triumph in November. Published September 30, 2012

**FILE** Deb Fischer (left), the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat, shakes hands with her Democratic counterpart Bob Kerrey following their first debate at the Nebraska state fair in Grand Island, Neb., on Aug. 25, 2012. The two are vying for the Senate seat of Democrat Ben Nelson, who is not seeking re-election. (Associated Press)

Neb. Senate hopeful Kerrey hammers opponent on spending, deficits

For a candidate who once promoted universal health care and spent a decade leading one of the nation's most liberal universities, Democrat Bob Kerrey has embarked on a dramatic political makeover — one that now has him sounding more like a hardened fiscal conservative. Published September 28, 2012

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission in Texas in November. U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses the unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (Associated Press)

FAA gets pressed on drone test sites

The drone industry joined with state officials Tuesday in pressuring the federal government to stop dragging its feet and begin setting up vital test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Published September 25, 2012

** FILE ** Graduates listen to the commencement address at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., in June 2011. (Associated Press)

Data: High school students aren’t ready for college

Most of the nation's 2012 high school graduates aren't ready for college, and their reading skills continue to steadily decline, hitting their lowest level in four decades, new data show. Published September 24, 2012

Chicago schools strike incites teachers unions

With Chicago's ugly strike behind them, teachers unions are regrouping with a public relations blitz, meant to both repair their image and rally members who are under more fire than ever. Published September 23, 2012