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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

U.S. students' scores go up, but racial gaps persist

U.S. students are making progress in reading and math, but the advances continue to be clouded by stubbornly high gaps between scores for white children and their black and Hispanic counterparts, according to a major new survey Tuesday from the National Center for Education Statistics. Published November 1, 2011

** FILE ** Businessman Herman Cain (left), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (center) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are pictured before a Republican presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Democrats target Romney as GOP nominee

The first Republican presidential primary may be more than two months away, but some Democrats are convinced that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be the eventual GOP nominee — and they already are rolling out their general election attack strategy. Published October 30, 2011

President Obama speaks to students and faculty at the Auraria Events Center at the University of Colorado at Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Obama unveils student debt-relief plan

Continuing his recent tack of bypassing Congress and enacting reforms "without them," President Obama on Wednesday announced a package of student loan reforms designed to lower college graduates' monthly payments, arguing his plan will redirect some of that borrowed money into the economy to promote job growth. Published October 26, 2011

Bullying add-ons make No Child reform less certain

Democrats plan to introduce two anti-bullying amendments when a major education reform proposal hits the Senate floor later this year - but the measures could put bipartisan support for the bill in serious jeopardy. Published October 25, 2011

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