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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

** FILE ** In this July 30, 2013, file frame grab from Rossiya 24 television channel, Lon Snowden, the father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, speaks during an interview with Russian the state-owned Rossiya 24 television in Washington. (AP Photo/Rossiya 24 via APTN, File)

'My son has spoken the truth,' Edward Snowden's father says

As he prepares to visit his son in Russia, Lon Snowden on Sunday blasted President Obama and congressional leaders for failing to take real action to curb federal mass surveillance and data-collection efforts. Published August 11, 2013

Christine O'Donnell

Grassley's patience with Delaware wears thin in O'Donnell tax snooping case

Charging that Delaware officials have stopped cooperating with his investigation, Sen. Chuck Grassley has sent a pointed letter to the state's Division of Revenue in which he outlines specific, outstanding questions about the handling of former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's tax records. Published August 9, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/David Duprey)

As N.Y. fracking ban drags on, leading energy company backs out

In a possible sign that New York State won't be allowing fracking anytime soon, drilling giant Chesapeake Energy reportedly has abandoned its fight to retain land leases in portions of the state sitting atop vast natural gas reserves. Published August 7, 2013

Report: Racial divide still exists on college admissions

For many American college students, the nation's higher education system increasingly is defined by two distinct paths. The first, taken primarily by white students, leads to the top U.S. institutions, while the other — taken mostly by blacks and Hispanic students — leads to community colleges and less prestigious open-access schools, according to a major study of college enrollment patterns over the past 20 years. Published August 5, 2013

** 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)

Funding schemes in Congress could ground drones; FAA pressured over privacy

The lagging federal effort to fully integrate drones into U.S. airspace is in danger of falling even further behind schedule. A funding bill now before the Senate essentially would stop the process in its tracks by prohibiting the Federal Aviation Administration from moving forward until it completes a detailed report on drones' potential privacy impact. Published July 28, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

House trims EPA's powers over coal ash

With bipartisan support, the House on Thursday passed legislation giving states the lead role in regulating coal ash and stopping the Environmental Protection Agency from labeling the material as hazardous. Published July 25, 2013

Fracking's safety gets boost from federal research

The leading federal research effort into the controversial drilling method known as fracking has turned up no evidence so far linking the process to water contamination — a connection continually drawn by many environmentalist critics along with some Democrats in Congress. Published July 21, 2013