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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.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

Armed with U.S. education, many leaders take on world

When U.S. officials were trying to broker a deal to end the bloody 20-year civil war between Sudan and South Sudan in 2005, they had an in with the elusive guerrilla fighter leading the south's shadowy rebel forces. Published August 19, 2012

Allison Macfarlane chairs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (AP Photo/Evan Cantwell, George Mason University)

New nuclear chief pledges push for new waste site

Brushing off recent biting criticism of her colleagues, the new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told reporters on Tuesday morning that she'll ignore outside distractions and focus on key challenges facing the agency, chief among them pressing lawmakers to find an acceptable spot to store nuclear waste for the long term. Published August 14, 2012

** FILE ** In this Aug. 8, 2012, file photo, all shapes and sizes of drones fascinate visitors at the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International conference in Las Vegas. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

Man, machine and unlimited dreams pave way to the future

Drones that can fold up and fit in a shoebox, machines that can leap 30 feet into the air through a window to gauge hostile situations for police, driverless surface vehicles that lug soldiers' equipment through the deserts of the Middle East — groundbreaking unmanned technology is opening a world of possibilities for the military, law enforcement and many other sectors. Published August 8, 2012

Some makers cringe to hear word ‘drone’

Unmanned aerial vehicles may be exploding in popularity, but among industry leaders, their common moniker -- "drone" -- is rapidly going out of style. Published August 7, 2012

Or Rozen from Elbit Systems delivers a presentation on shifting from platform-driven to payload-driven systems during the first day of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention Monday in Las Vegas. (Sam Morris/Special to The Washington Times)

Drone industry eager to road-test science fiction

Man may not rule the road for much longer. Already set to fill the heavens within a few years, the drone industry is looking beyond the sky to opportunities on land and under water. Published August 6, 2012

A Draganflyer X6 drone lent to the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department in 2009 is used in search-and-rescue, finding suspects and identifying fire hot spots. (Mesa County Sheriff's Department via Associated Press)

Las Vegas convention puts drones on big stage

Las Vegas this week will be transformed into the drone capital of the world, as hundreds of unmanned vehicle companies descend on Sin City for the industry's largest trade show. Published August 5, 2012

Steve Niedbalski of Nashville, Ill., chops down his stricken corn for feed. Grocery prices are expected to rise more than usual. (Associated Press)

Calls rain in to lighten ethanol rule

As a historic drought worsens across much of the nation, pressure is building on the Obama administration to alter federal mandates that could claim as much as 40 percent of this year's plummeting corn crop for ethanol production. Published August 1, 2012

This screen shot, taken July 31, 2012, shows the website pokerstars.com.

Online poker site to pay $731M to repay players

The embattled online gambling hub PokerStars and the Department of Justice showed their hands Tuesday, reaching a $731 million settlement nearly 16 months after the company was charged with fraud and other offenses. Published July 31, 2012

Players compete during the seventh day of the main event at the 43rd annual World Series of Poker July 16 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Online poker fans ready to deal

The Obama administration may have called off the game more than a year ago, but the nation's poker partisans are still looking for a deal. Published July 26, 2012

A Cabot Oil & Gas wellhead in Dimock, Pa., is seen Feb. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)-FILE

EPA declares water in Pa. town safe to drink despite fracking

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday declared that drinking water in Dimock, Pa., is safe to drink, despite concerns from some residents and environmentalists that nearby natural gas fracking had contaminated supplies. Published July 25, 2012

Presidential debates key, but leave out other voices

Even in the age of social media and 24-hour news cycles, presidential debates still play a key role in the election process, Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said on Tuesday. Published July 24, 2012