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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

Women embrace at the site of a makeshift memorial for school shooting victims at the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn., on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. A gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself on Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

With joy lost, Newtown seeks comfort

The tight-knit community's Christmas tree has become a heartbreaking memorial to innocent children taken by a killer. Published December 16, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat (AP Photo)

Democratic lawmaker: To get gun control, Obama must 'exploit' shooting

A veteran Democratic lawmaker believes the nation will go along with stronger gun control laws if President Obama "exploits" the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and nudges Congress to action. A veteran Democratic lawmaker believes the nation will go along with stronger gun control laws if President Obama "exploits" the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and nudges Congress to action. Published December 14, 2012

Law enforcement canvass the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Shooting revives past horror schoolhouse violence

Friday's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has once again left public officials and educators bewildered and saddened, struggling for answers and forced to relive the horrific memories of violence from years past. Published December 14, 2012

Report: Cash for anti-smoking efforts lacking

Anti-smoking efforts nationwide remain woefully underfunded as states squander most of their tobacco tax revenue, a major report from a coalition of public health groups shows. Published December 6, 2012

Obama’s re-election seen as vote for clean energy

A majority of Americans didn't just cast a vote for President Obama on Nov. 6. They also came down firmly on the side of renewable energy and the federal government's efforts to "level the playing field" with fossil fuels, argues the chairman of the solar power industry's leading trade group. Published December 5, 2012

Oil industry wary of Obama’s renewable-energy fervor

Huge increases in U.S. oil and gas production have put the nation on a path to energy independence, but some industry leaders fear their relationship with the Obama administration will deteriorate during the president's second term. Published December 5, 2012

**FILE** Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks on Jan. 12, 2012, at Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Five states to boost students' time in school

With American children continuing to lag behind their international peers, governors from both parties on Monday joined the Obama administration in embracing more classroom time for students. Published December 3, 2012

A vehicle from the Swallow Unmanned Aerial System was displayed at the Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention in Las Vegas this year. Media, agriculture and real estate industries are expected to be among the most eager customers for drones. (Sam Morris/Special to The Washington Times)

Drone plans mired in 'privacy issues'

Frustrated commercial drone companies say the Obama administration is falling further and further behind in meeting congressional demands to clear the path for full integration into American airspace by 2015. Billions of dollars of investments as well as commercial applications for drones could be caught up in the delay, they warn. Published December 2, 2012

Outgoing Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and his now-ousted superintendent of schools, Tony Bennett, spearheaded controversial changes in the state over the past two years. But the future of their reform work is now very much in doubt. (Associated Press)

Indiana governor warns of foes to education reform

At the forefront of education reform in the U.S., Indiana faces an uncertain future after its trail-blazing schools chief was ousted three weeks ago and replaced by a teachers union official. Published November 28, 2012

** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jeb Bush hammers teachers unions at education summit

In the fight to reform American schools, former Florida Gov. and outspoken education advocate Jeb Bush on Tuesday took direct aim at labor groups and joined a growing chorus who believe real change must start by loosening the grip of teachers unions. Published November 27, 2012

Fracking industry keeps eye on Obama

The drilling process that has brought U.S. energy independence within reach faces renewed scrutiny from the Obama administration and an uncertain future in many states. Published November 22, 2012

Pressure intensifies for GOP to raise taxes on rich

As President Obama and Capitol Hill leaders continue negotiations to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff," top Democrats on Sunday ramped up pressure on their Republican counterparts to accept tax increases on the wealthy as part of a broader agreement. Published November 18, 2012

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Associated Press)

New GOP leaders begin intensive rebranding effort

The Republican party's young leaders on Sunday continued to distance themselves from defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney and ramped up the effort to paint the GOP in a new light. Published November 18, 2012

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. Fracking uses water mixed with sand and chemicals to break underground rock and release large amounts of gas. (Associated Press)

U.S. poised 
to overtake 
Saudi oil 

By about 2020, the United States will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer and put North America as a whole on track to become a net exporter of oil as soon as 2030, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. Published November 12, 2012