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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

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

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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

Obama administration stalls economic engine of new free-trade pacts

The free-trade consensus of the previous two decades has frayed under President Obama, and while he has pushed through some low-level agreements, he has fallen far short of his predecessors on this key driver of the nation's economy, and analysts say the U.S. is lagging behind many of its chief competitors. Published July 18, 2012

Bob Kerrey, a Democratic candidate for a Senate seat in Nebraska, tours the Benson neighborhood in Omaha with his wife, former Saturday Night Live writer Sarah Paley, and Henry, his son. Mr. Kerrey has described Ms. Paley as a "comedian." (Associated Press)

Joke by Kerrey's wife not funny in Nebraska

Already down in the polls, Democrat Bob Kerrey's hopes to reclaim his old Nebraska Senate seat may have taken another hit after his wife, former Saturday Night Live writer Sarah Paley, penned a biting piece for July's Vogue magazine that some view as insulting to the Cornhusker State. Published July 10, 2012

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