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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

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice (Associated Press)

Outrage growing on U.S. response to consulate attack

Outrage continued to grow Sunday over the Obama administration's initial reaction to the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, which is being blasted as disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst. Published September 30, 2012

Paul Ryan: 'We've had some missteps' in the campaign

With polls headed in the wrong direction and a torrent of conservative criticism continuing to mount, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan on Sunday admitted that the GOP ticket has made mistakes over the past few weeks, but he remains confident that presidential nominee Mitt Romney and he will triumph in November. Published September 30, 2012

**FILE** Deb Fischer (left), the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat, shakes hands with her Democratic counterpart Bob Kerrey following their first debate at the Nebraska state fair in Grand Island, Neb., on Aug. 25, 2012. The two are vying for the Senate seat of Democrat Ben Nelson, who is not seeking re-election. (Associated Press)

Neb. Senate hopeful Kerrey hammers opponent on spending, deficits

For a candidate who once promoted universal health care and spent a decade leading one of the nation's most liberal universities, Democrat Bob Kerrey has embarked on a dramatic political makeover — one that now has him sounding more like a hardened fiscal conservative. Published September 28, 2012

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission in Texas in November. U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses the unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (Associated Press)

FAA gets pressed on drone test sites

The drone industry joined with state officials Tuesday in pressuring the federal government to stop dragging its feet and begin setting up vital test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Published September 25, 2012

** FILE ** Graduates listen to the commencement address at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., in June 2011. (Associated Press)

Data: High school students aren’t ready for college

Most of the nation's 2012 high school graduates aren't ready for college, and their reading skills continue to steadily decline, hitting their lowest level in four decades, new data show. Published September 24, 2012

Chicago schools strike incites teachers unions

With Chicago's ugly strike behind them, teachers unions are regrouping with a public relations blitz, meant to both repair their image and rally members who are under more fire than ever. Published September 23, 2012


Mayors stand up to striking teachers

As the Chicago teachers strike drags on, clear battle lines are emerging, with big-city mayors — including prominent Democrats — rallying to the side of Rahm Emanuel in his bitter showdown with organized labor. Published September 12, 2012

Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 10, 2012, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years. Union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations. (Associated Press)

Obama stepping away from Chicago strike

Chicago teachers demanding more pay went on strike Monday in a move that reverberated nationally, with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying the walkout reflects poorly on President Obama and his allies in the teachers labor unions. Published September 10, 2012

Jockeying for 2016 begins in earnest at DNC

Ambitious up-and-comers used this week's Democratic National Convention to introduce themselves to the nation and began carving a foothold for 2016. Published September 6, 2012

"He's seen as anti-coal. Some people feel as if the mines aren't operating as fully as they could be." - Charlene Marshall, the former mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., and now a state legislator and delegate at the convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Obama seen as 'anti-coal' figure

The uneasy relationship between President Obama and coal-state Democrats is on display at the party's convention this week, with delegates from states such as West Virginia and Kentucky openly acknowledging the president has dug himself a hole. Published September 5, 2012

Libertarian Johnson presses case for legal marijuana

Still struggling to break through in the presidential race, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday rallied outside the Democratic National Convention with other critics of the federal government's war on drugs and blasted both President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney for ignoring the issue. Published September 4, 2012

Teachers unions face fight within party

The overwhelming power of teachers unions, Democrats' most loyal foot soldiers for decades, has sparked tensions within the party as some question whether the labor groups have made public school reform — a key policy goal of President Obama — more difficult. Published September 3, 2012

Attendees, of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, North America 2012 conference checks out one of the exhibits displayed inside the exhibition hall of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

Police groups urge limit on drones

Faced with a skeptical public uneasy about the potential impact of drones on personal privacy, three leading law enforcement groups on Friday endorsed industry-backed guidelines limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Published September 2, 2012

**FILE** The Rev. Sun Myung Moon hugs North Korean President Kim Il Sung. (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)

Moon motivated to bring end to communism

The legacy of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon will forever be tied to the fight to defeat communism, a cause to which he devoted much of his life's work and, in the process, earned a place in history as a contributor to the end of the Cold War. Published September 2, 2012

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission in Texas in November. U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses the unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (Associated Press)

Law enforcement groups back drone-use guidelines

In the ongoing effort to quell public unease about the impact of of unmanned drones on personal privacy, three more leading law enforcement groups on Friday endorsed industry-backed guidelines limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Published August 31, 2012

**FILE** Yoko Ono appears at a news conference to launch the coalition of artists opposing hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New York. (Associated Press)

Stars shine a light on fracking call in New York

New York has taken center stage in the heated national debate over fracking, with both sides making last-ditch appeals to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he nears a decision on whether to allow the popular yet controversial practice in the Empire State. Published August 29, 2012

In this Friday, July 29, 2011, photo, President Barack Obama walks down a ramp after delivering a speech at a gathering where he announced new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks at the Washington Convention Center in Washington.The average gas mileage of new cars and trucks will have to nearly double by 2025 under regulations that were finalized Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, by the Obama administration. The new rules would require the fleet of new cars and trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 13 years, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Regulations to boost auto MPG, price tag

The Obama administration on Tuesday released final regulations forcing automakers to more than double the fuel economy of cars and light trucks by 2025 — and adding at least $1,800 to their price tags. Published August 28, 2012