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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

3 students from U.S. to be freed, Egypt court rules

Three young Americans held in Egypt since Sunday, including 19-year-old Georgetown University student Derrik Sweeney, are set to be released, and family and friends hope they're back in the U.S. within days. Published November 24, 2011

READY TO FIGHT: Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, says recent elections sent a message: "You cannot turn your back on the middle class." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Teachers union leader says battle's just begun

The head of the nation's largest labor union says Republican efforts to restrain the power of unions has produced a middle-class backlash across the country that could cost Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP politicians their jobs. Published November 21, 2011

Republican Presidential hopeful Texas Rep. Ron Paul answers a question during a campaign event Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the Lawrence Community Center in Anamosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Brian Ray)

Ron Paul: U.S. military bases create enemies

Despite his recent surge in the polls, presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul won't back away from controversial positions that have in the past caused pundits and many Republicans to dismiss him as an unelectable fringe candidate. Published November 20, 2011

"We need each other more than ever before," says NASA's Jim Green of the imperiled partnership with the European Space Agency.

Budgeting woes could derail U.S. role in space exploration

The days of U.S. leadership in space exploration could be coming to an end, as lawmakers expressed growing fears at a Capitol hearing Tuesday that the nation's fiscal mess could derail two highly anticipated Mars missions. Published November 15, 2011

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Education chief says Penn State might have 'price to pay'

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday said Penn State University will have "a price to pay" if a federal investigation concludes the school covered up allegations that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulted young boys on campus. Published November 14, 2011

China increases pace in foreign student contingent

More foreign students are studying at U.S. colleges and universities than ever before, as global competitors such as China export an increasing number of their young people for degrees. Published November 14, 2011

Arne Duncan

Federal inquiry spells more grief for Penn State

As federal investigators launch a probe of Penn State University, the school could face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for its handling of alleged sexual abuse scandal involving former coach Jerry Sandusky. Published November 10, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama visits a classroom at Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama again sidesteps Congress with Head Start order

President Obama unveiled the latest installment of his "we can't wait" campaign against Congress Tuesday, this time issuing new rules governing the early childhood education program Head Start. Published November 8, 2011

Overhaul of school policy in jeopardy

Key lawmakers and educators are growing increasingly pessimistic that a massive overhaul of federal school policy can get through Congress before the 2012 election-year battles could doom the hopes for major bipartisan legislation. Published November 6, 2011

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