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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

Rep. Andy Harris says a new report has suggestions for the EPA "to improve the transparency, quality and ultimate value of its [fracking] study." (Associated Press)

EPA study on fracking and water questioned

The oil and gas industry continues to cast doubt on the validity of an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency effort to determine potential links between fracking and water contamination. Published July 10, 2012

Pensions at charter schools hot topic with IRS

Charter school supporters are continuing to pressure the Internal Revenue Service to change proposed regulations that could disqualify teachers at charter schools from public pension systems. Published July 9, 2012

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others went on offense on Sunday news shows against the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. (Associated Press)

Democrats sync attacks on Romney's tax returns, bank accounts

Prominent Democrats on Sunday, including the governor of Maryland, a former White House press secretary and the head of the Democratic National Committee, launched a coordinated attack on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's finances. Published July 8, 2012

Mitt Romney bolstered Massachusetts' graduation exams during his time as governor, adding a science, technology and engineering portion to the English and math tests taken by all 10th-graders for graduation. (Associated Press)

Romney's record on education includes successes, failures

Mitt Romney kept academic standards high, pushed for more charter schools and took other steps during his time as Massachusetts governor to keep the state in the top tier of student performance — but he stumbled in his efforts to institute merit pay for teachers, revamp the tenure system and other aims. Published July 8, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden salutes after arriving to speak before the 2012 National Educational Association annual meeting, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden warns teachers of Romney hit

In a foretaste of the political battles to come this fall over education, Vice President Joseph R. Biden told the nation's largest teachers union that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his party do not respect the work they do. Published July 3, 2012

**FILE** A ShadowHawk drone is seen in September 2011 with Montgomery County, Texas, SWAT team members. (Associated Press/Vanguard Defense Industries)

Drone industry releases ethics code

The drone industry on Monday unveiled its first-ever "code of conduct" policy, designed to protect the privacy of those on the ground and ensure the sector adheres to safety standards as the popularity and usage of unmanned aerial vehicles continue to grow. Published July 2, 2012

Student loan fight on Hill raises angst in academia

As lawmakers move toward a last-minute deal to keep student-loan interest rates from doubling on Saturday, the nation's universities can do little except sit, wait and hope for the best. Published June 26, 2012

**FILE** Protesters rally June 20, 2012, against hydrofracking as the legislative session winds down at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. A coalition of 100 environmental, health and community groups called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject any demonstration project for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." (Associated Press)

Researchers point to risks if New York OKs fracking

With New York reportedly set to allow fracking in portions of the state near the Pennsylvania border, researchers at one of the Empire State's top universities are warning of catastrophic consequences associated with increased gas drilling. Published June 25, 2012

** FILE ** Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indiana Republican

In academia today, financial savvy trumps curriculum vitae

The job description of today's university president increasingly resembles that of a CEO, with the molding of young minds and overseeing a community of scholars taking a distinct backseat to balancing the books and raising cash, academic analysts say. Published June 21, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to the crowd during a campaign stop in Cornwall, Pa., on Saturday, June 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Lebanon Daily News, Earl Brightbill)

Romney: The campaign is about the country, not me

The Republican Party's candidate for president said Sunday he isn't interested in politics. Instead, Mitt Romney said he's running to bring the nation back from the edge of a fiscal cliff, not to achieve the personal goal of occupying the Oval Office. Published June 17, 2012

Unemployed lawyers sue schools over promises of jobs

Once the surest path to a six-figure salary and a life of luxury, a law degree in the aftermath of the Great Recession comes with far fewer guarantees, leaving many graduates with mountains of debt while confronted by a rapidly changing legal landscape. Published June 17, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama is introduced by White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe before the president speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

Plouffe won't say if Obama will take part in leaks probe

As U.S. Justice Department attorneys probe recent high-level national security leaks from the White House, a top adviser to President Obama on Sunday refused to say whether the commander in chief will answer investigators' questions. Published June 17, 2012