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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

Christopher Lane was fatally shot on a street in Duncan, Okla. The Australian was attending college on a baseball scholarship in the U.S. and was visiting his girlfriend. (Essendon Baseball Club via Associated Press)

Double standard seen in white man's killing

Five days after an Australian college student was gunned down by a trio of "bored" Oklahoma teens, the political and social reverberations continue to build across the nation and abroad. Published August 21, 2013

President Obama speaks at a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama to face heat on fracking on New York trip

President Obama plans to use his visit to upstate New York later this week to talk up his new initiative to make college more affordable. But he's also stepping into the epicenter of the nationwide debate over fracking, the controversial drilling method loathed by environmentalists yet responsible for huge increases in American oil and natural gas production. Published August 21, 2013

**FILE** Former Rep. Allen B. West (Associated Press)

Ex-Rep. Allen West calls out Obama over Oklahoma killing

After President Obama waded into the Trayvon Martin shooting death and subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman, critics of the president wonder whether he'll also address the senseless killing of an Australian college student in Oklahoma last week. Published August 21, 2013

Beau Biden (AP Photo)

Beau Biden at Texas cancer center: report

After bouts of disorientation and other health problems, Beau Biden now is under evaluation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, according to The Associated Press. Published August 21, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, in Nashville. (Associated Press)

Sen. Lamar Alexander gets primary challenger in Joe Carr

Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr announced Tuesday he'll mount a challenge to two-term incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander, the state's former governor who also served as secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush. Published August 20, 2013

Scott P. Brown (Associated Press)

Scott Brown mulls White House run: 'I am curious'

Former Sen. Scott Brown says he’s seriously looking at a run for the White House in 2016 and is sending out tentative feelers while on vacation in several Western states to gauge interest. Published August 19, 2013

Ali McCracken, right, and others with Code Pink wear pink drones as they protest outside the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International 2013 conference held at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 13, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Drone convention keeps privacy at the forefront — for protesters and officials

As protesters outside railed against drones' potential to be used for spying and other evils, industry leaders and government officials at this week's unmanned vehicles convention focused on writing the right laws and regulations to balance the craft's vast economic potential with protecting personal privacy. Published August 13, 2013