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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.

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** FILE ** This Dec. 5, 2012, photo shows an oil pump jack in a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo. Citizen fears about hydraulic fracturing, a drilling procedure used to pry oil and gas from rock deep underground, have made "fracking" the hottest political question in Colorado.

EPA offers details of its controversial fracking study

The public and the energy industry got their first glimpse Friday of a long-awaited study on the possible correlation between water pollution and fracking, but Obama administration officials said the full results and definitive findings of their study won't be released until 2014. Published December 21, 2012

Dennis Van Roekel is president of the National Education Association. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Unions slam push to arm teachers with guns

The debate continues over whether teachers and other school personnel should have access to guns in an emergency, but the nation's two biggest teachers unions warned Thursday that would be a disastrous idea that sends the wrong message to children. Published December 20, 2012

Firefighters stand as the procession heads to the cemetery outside the funeral for school shooting victim Daniel Gerard Barden at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. According to firefighters, Daniel wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up and they honored him at the service. Barden, 7, was killed when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Unions lambaste proposal to arm more teachers

The nation's leading teachers unions Thursday slammed the idea of arming more teachers, a proposal floated in the wake of last week's Sandy Hook school shooting by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and others and already in place in some Texas schools. Published December 20, 2012

Easton police officer J. Sollazzo waves to returning children as their bus pulls into Hawley School, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Classes resume Tuesday for Newtown schools except those at Sandy Hook. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Heartbroken Newtown community seeks answers from leaders

In the window of a local deli, the mother of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student has left a message for this grieving town. Mourning will continue for weeks, months, even years, but focus is turning increasingly to larger issues surrounding Friday's massacre. Published December 18, 2012

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

Daniel Barden was one of 20 schoolchildren killed by a gunman on Friday, Dec. 14, in Newtown, Conn. (Photo courtesy of the Barden family)

Families of Conn. shooting victims begin to speak of loved ones

Just 48 hours after their loved ones were taken from them by a gunman, families of the Newtown elementary school shooting victims have begun to lay bare their emotions and open up about the deep loss they've suffered. 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

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

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

**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