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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

Model aircraft owners drawn into privacy debate on drones

Steve Barnett has been flying unmanned aerial systems for more than 30 years — long before the word "drone" started making global headlines. But now, the 65-year-old Army veteran and model-airplane enthusiast finds himself answering new questions as his hobby gets dragged into a white-hot national debate. Published April 9, 2013

**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

McConnell camp: Our offices were bugged

Calling it "Watergate-style bugging," the re-election campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is now working with the FBI to find out how a recording of private political "war room" conversations was leaked to the liberal magazine Mother Jones. Published April 9, 2013

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul speaks Feb. 11, 2012, to his supporters following his loss in the Maine caucus to Mitt Romney, in Portland, Maine. (Associated Press)

Out of politics, Ron Paul launches his own curriculum

It's not uncommon for former government officials or politicians to enter academia when they leave Washington. Former Rep. Ron Paul has gone a few steps further by creating his very own curriculum. Published April 8, 2013

** FILE ** In this April 3, 2013, photo, a worker pushes a cart as live pigeons are sold at a cage at a poultry wholesale market in Shanghai China. China announced a sixth death from the new bird flu H7N9 strain Friday, while authorities in Shanghai halted the sale of live fowl and slaughtered all poultry at a market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat. The first cases were announced Sunday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

U.S. watchful, wary as China fights new bird flu strain

As the bird flu death toll continues to rise in China, there's no panic in the American medical community — yet. There is, however, much caution and uncertainty as doctors from around the world monitor the unique and deadly H7N9 virus that claimed its sixth Chinese death on Friday. Published April 6, 2013


FAA forum gauges approval of drone privacy

The Federal Aviation Administration held its first online drone privacy forum Wednesday afternoon, and a recurring theme emerged — many think the FAA shouldn't be involved in drone privacy at all. Published April 3, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama visits the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., in March 2012. (Associated Press)

Greens vow mass protests if Obama OKs Keystone pipeline

As crews clean up spilled oil from a pipeline in Arkansas, environmental activists and others are using that spill and other incidents as fresh ammunition in their battle against the proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline. Published April 1, 2013

** FILE ** In a Monday, March 11, 2013, photo, supporters of Indiana's charter school and private school voucher programs rally at the Statehouse where they heard from Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, upheld the law creating the nation's broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for a possible expansion. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star,Doug McSchooler)

Court upholds Indiana's groundbreaking vouchers program

In a major victory for the school-choice movement, Indiana's highest court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a sweeping, ambitious school voucher program put in place in 2011 by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican. Published March 26, 2013