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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.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 10, 2012, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years. Union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations. (Associated Press)

Obama stepping away from Chicago strike

Chicago teachers demanding more pay went on strike Monday in a move that reverberated nationally, with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying the walkout reflects poorly on President Obama and his allies in the teachers labor unions. Published September 10, 2012

Jockeying for 2016 begins in earnest at DNC

Ambitious up-and-comers used this week's Democratic National Convention to introduce themselves to the nation and began carving a foothold for 2016. Published September 6, 2012

"He's seen as anti-coal. Some people feel as if the mines aren't operating as fully as they could be." - Charlene Marshall, the former mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., and now a state legislator and delegate at the convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Obama seen as 'anti-coal' figure

The uneasy relationship between President Obama and coal-state Democrats is on display at the party's convention this week, with delegates from states such as West Virginia and Kentucky openly acknowledging the president has dug himself a hole. Published September 5, 2012

Libertarian Johnson presses case for legal marijuana

Still struggling to break through in the presidential race, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday rallied outside the Democratic National Convention with other critics of the federal government's war on drugs and blasted both President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney for ignoring the issue. Published September 4, 2012

Teachers unions face fight within party

The overwhelming power of teachers unions, Democrats' most loyal foot soldiers for decades, has sparked tensions within the party as some question whether the labor groups have made public school reform — a key policy goal of President Obama — more difficult. Published September 3, 2012

**FILE** The Rev. Sun Myung Moon hugs North Korean President Kim Il Sung. (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)

Moon motivated to bring end to communism

The legacy of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon will forever be tied to the fight to defeat communism, a cause to which he devoted much of his life's work and, in the process, earned a place in history as a contributor to the end of the Cold War. Published September 2, 2012

Attendees, of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, North America 2012 conference checks out one of the exhibits displayed inside the exhibition hall of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

Police groups urge limit on drones

Faced with a skeptical public uneasy about the potential impact of drones on personal privacy, three leading law enforcement groups on Friday endorsed industry-backed guidelines limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Published September 2, 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)

Law enforcement groups back drone-use guidelines

In the ongoing effort to quell public unease about the impact of of unmanned drones on personal privacy, three more leading law enforcement groups on Friday endorsed industry-backed guidelines limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Published August 31, 2012

**FILE** Yoko Ono appears at a news conference to launch the coalition of artists opposing hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New York. (Associated Press)

Stars shine a light on fracking call in New York

New York has taken center stage in the heated national debate over fracking, with both sides making last-ditch appeals to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he nears a decision on whether to allow the popular yet controversial practice in the Empire State. Published August 29, 2012

In this Friday, July 29, 2011, photo, President Barack Obama walks down a ramp after delivering a speech at a gathering where he announced new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks at the Washington Convention Center in Washington.The average gas mileage of new cars and trucks will have to nearly double by 2025 under regulations that were finalized Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, by the Obama administration. The new rules would require the fleet of new cars and trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 13 years, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Regulations to boost auto MPG, price tag

The Obama administration on Tuesday released final regulations forcing automakers to more than double the fuel economy of cars and light trucks by 2025 — and adding at least $1,800 to their price tags. Published August 28, 2012

Retired Air Force Col. Jerry LeMieux, founder of the Unmanned Vehicle University, is waiting for FAA certification so graduates will be fully licensed by the federal government to operate drones. The university teaches a variety of subjects online, including vehicle design and system fundamentals. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

Drone U. rides flight boom

For all of the skeptics and detractors it has produced, the drone industry also has its vocal supporters. Published August 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney answers a question after landing in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Romney again repudiates Akin's rape comments

Even as they gear up their party convention in Tampa, top Republicans still were forced to spend much of Sunday repudiating the "legitimate rape" comments made by Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri and reiterating their calls for the U.S. Senate hopeful to quit the race. Published August 26, 2012

President Obama talks with Lori Elizabeth Henrickson, an earth science teacher at Del Webb Middle School, as he visits with teachers at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Poll: Americans want fiscal problems solved before school funding goes up

As President Obama continues to assail the Republican presidential ticket for pushing a budget blueprint that could cut education spending, polling data that emerged Wednesday shows that the vast majority of Americans think getting the U.S. back on solid fiscal footing trumps increasing school funding. Published August 22, 2012

** FILE ** This file photo from October 2008 shows a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont., the state's largest producer of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. (Associated Press)

Court slaps down EPA on coal plant rule

In a major blow to environmentalists and the Obama administration's crackdown on coal-fired power plants, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a key Environmental Protection Agency rule to limit emissions. Published August 21, 2012

Armed with U.S. education, many leaders take on world

When U.S. officials were trying to broker a deal to end the bloody 20-year civil war between Sudan and South Sudan in 2005, they had an in with the elusive guerrilla fighter leading the south's shadowy rebel forces. Published August 19, 2012

Allison Macfarlane chairs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (AP Photo/Evan Cantwell, George Mason University)

New nuclear chief pledges push for new waste site

Brushing off recent biting criticism of her colleagues, the new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told reporters on Tuesday morning that she'll ignore outside distractions and focus on key challenges facing the agency, chief among them pressing lawmakers to find an acceptable spot to store nuclear waste for the long term. Published August 14, 2012

** FILE ** In this Aug. 8, 2012, file photo, all shapes and sizes of drones fascinate visitors at the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International conference in Las Vegas. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

Man, machine and unlimited dreams pave way to the future

Drones that can fold up and fit in a shoebox, machines that can leap 30 feet into the air through a window to gauge hostile situations for police, driverless surface vehicles that lug soldiers' equipment through the deserts of the Middle East — groundbreaking unmanned technology is opening a world of possibilities for the military, law enforcement and many other sectors. Published August 8, 2012