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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

Young workers are having a hard time getting even entry-level jobs. McDonald's managers, who once hired a lot of first-time workers, now can choose older employees with more experience who don't have to wait until classes end to show up. (Associated Press)

Number of high-school students with jobs hits 20-year low

Did somebody say McJobless? The American job market is no place for students as the number of employed high schoolers has hit its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to new figures from the National Center for Education Statistics. Published May 24, 2012

Thunder makes itself heard for changes in law

Rolling Thunder's imprint on Washington goes far beyond the roar of hundreds of thousands of bikes on city streets each Memorial Day weekend. The organization has aggressively pushed a broad legislative agenda, with several of its priorities now the law of the land. Published May 23, 2012

School officials fear a federal policy takeover

By expanding its "Race to the Top" education grant contest to the district level, the Obama administration has left some state education chiefs feeling elbowed out, saying Washington is trying to establish itself as the national school board. Published May 23, 2012

**FILE** Demonstrators outside the White House march in November with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of the planned Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. (Associated Press)

Opponents claim Keystone would boost gas prices

TransCanada's proposed $7.6 billion Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would transport Canadian oil to Texas refineries on the Gulf Coast, has been pitched as a way to lower domestic gas prices. But a coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday produced a new study claiming the pipeline would have the opposite effect. Published May 22, 2012

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, N.J., said Sunday that current presidential campaign debates are doing a serious disservice to voters. (Associated Press)

Attack Wright? Wrong. Attack Bain? Refrain

The economy remains the driving issue in the 2012 presidential campaign, but both sides have in recent days taken detours to deal with distractions and ghosts from the past. Published May 20, 2012

Pennsylvania gets high marks for rein on drilling for gas

Pennsylvania over the past three years has greatly reduced the number of environmental incidents related to natural gas drilling, and state officials appear fully able to oversee the industry without intrusion from the federal government, according to a study released Tuesday. Published May 15, 2012

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National curriculum plan may face challenge

An influential group of conservative state lawmakers is on the verge of proposing model legislation to block the Common Core national education standards that have been heavily promoted by the Obama administration. Published May 10, 2012

Conservatives defend fired writer on race

Conservative commentators and think tanks have rushed in recent days to the defense of embattled journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley, who was fired from her job as a blogger with the widely respected Chronicle of Higher Education for questioning the value of black-studies programs. Published May 9, 2012

Solar project opens on federal property

Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar on Monday cheered on the opening of the first large-scale solar power project on federal property, just three days after his department rolled out new regulations on oil and gas companies doing business on those very same lands. Published May 7, 2012

Florida State Attorney Lawson Lamar, center, announces charges against 13 people in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion during a news conference in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The charges were announced more than five months after Champion, 26, died aboard a chartered bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a performance against a rival school. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Colleges pledge to squelch dangerous rites of hazing

After horrific, firsthand accounts from students and multiple recent deaths, the long-accepted practice of hazing — both in Greek organizations and other university clubs — has been thrust into the spotlight, and a fierce, unprecedented crackdown from college leaders is gaining traction nationwide. Published May 2, 2012

Barges filled with coal and wells pumping natural gas give the U.S. enough fuel to export to burgeoning markets in Asia, but proposals to build a natural gas liquefaction and export plant in Maryland and coal export facilities in the Pacific Northwest have raised environmental concerns about the global use of fossil fuels. (Associated Press)

Coal, gas exports meet tough environmental resistance

Global demand for American natural gas and coal is booming, but recent clashes on both U.S. coasts underscore that getting American supplies to eager foreign buyers will be anything but easy. Published May 1, 2012

**FILE** Al Armendariz, Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 administrator, speaks at a town-hall meeting in 2010. (Courtesy of YouTube)

EPA official resigns over 'crucify' remark

Embattled Environmental Protection Agency official Al Armendariz, under fire for 2010 comments bragging that he would "crucify" oil and gas companies in order to send a message to the industry, has resigned. Published April 30, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday, April 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Boehner: Romney's success is a model for Americans

While some political analysts speculate that Mitt Romney's massive wealth could hurt him with working-class voters this fall, others think the Republican presidential hopeful's wild success could turn out to be one of his greatest assets. Published April 29, 2012

**FILE** Al Armendariz, Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 administrator, speaks at a town-hall meeting in 2010. (Courtesy of YouTube)

EPA official apologizes for viral 'crucify' quip

A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency apologized Thursday after being caught on video bragging that his agency's method of enforcing oil and gas regulations was to find a few bad actors to "crucify" and hold up as examples. Published April 26, 2012

FILE- This undated aerial file photo shows the Dominion Liquified Natural Gas facility in Cove Point, Md. The Sierra Club said Thursday it will try to block an energy company's plan to export liquefied natural gas to find new markets for the drilling boom that has flooded the Mid-Atlantic with natural gas. Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc. is seeking to export 1 billion cubic feet per day through a terminal it owns in Maryland. A previous legal settlement dating to the 1970s gives the Sierra Club the ability to reject any significant changes to the purpose or footprint of the existing natural gas terminal in Cove Point, Md., 60 miles southeast of Washington. (AP Photo/ Matt Houston, File)

Gas boom may stop at coast of Maryland

Cove Point in Southern Maryland has become the latest flash point in the fight between the fossil fuels industry and its longtime foes in the environmental movement. Published April 26, 2012