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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

Mandating school until 18 has pitfalls

Long before President Obama's call on Tuesday night for all students to remain in school until they turn 18, almost half of the nation's jurisdictions already had instituted such policies, and several more are taking up the issue this year. Published January 25, 2012

**FILE** The 2011 Chevrolet Volt debuts Dec. 2, 2009, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

Volt safety sparks talk of federal conspiracy

The apparent safety woes of the much-touted, all-electric Chevrolet Volt touched off a firestorm on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning, as House Republicans charged that the Obama administration conspired with General Motors Co. to conceal those risks from consumers while pushing the vehicle as part of the "green" future. Published January 25, 2012

Texas will disclose chemicals used in fracking

On Feb. 1, Texas will become the latest state to require the public disclosure of all chemicals used in the controversial natural gas extraction process known as "fracking." Published January 24, 2012

Michigan plan offers tuition-free education

In a bid to broaden college access and boost the state's lagging economy, Democrats in Michigan have proposed a first-of-its-kind entitlement program aimed at giving many young people a free ride through college at taxpayers' expense. Published January 19, 2012

Jimmy Glotfelty, executive vice president of external affairs for Clean Line Energy Partners, tells editors at The Washington Times that wind power could eventually replace natural gas. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Tax-credit debate imperils wind power

U.S. wind power faces an uncertain future as lawmakers grapple over whether to extend a key tax credit that has for years helped the business compete financially with fossil fuels. Published January 18, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum meets patrons of Tommy's Ham House in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, as he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Santorum: Make it me against Romney

Fresh off an endorsement from key evangelical leaders, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on Sunday urged the Republican Party's conservative base to push other GOP presidential candidates out of the race and set up a one-on-one showdown between him and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner. Published January 15, 2012

GOP bills press the case for school reform

Despite signs that federal school reform legislation is all but dead until at least next year, House Republicans have released the final two pieces of their proposed replacement for the decade-old No Child Left Behind law. Published January 9, 2012

**FILE** Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (Associated Press)

Wisconsin Gov. Walker: Unions 'want me dead'

With a June recall election all but certain, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes the debate is no longer just about collective bargaining rights for state workers. Union leaders and others, he said, have made it personal. Published January 5, 2012

Northstar Disposal Services LLC in Youngstown, Ohio, has halted operations at its injection well, which disposes of brine used in gas and oil drilling, after a series of small earthquakes in the area, including a magnitude 4.0 on New Year's Eve. (Associated Press)

'Fracking' waste disposal tied to Ohio earthquakes

The disposal of wastewater used in the booming practice known as "fracking" is responsible for a rash of recent earthquakes in Ohio, and critics have latched on to the seismic events as evidence that the popular natural gas extraction method is dangerous and should be banned. Published January 3, 2012

On teaching evolution: New year, old fight

It's a new year, but familiar debates continue to rage over God, evolution and exactly what the nation's students should learn about each. Published January 1, 2012

Colleges buying up .xxx websites to prevent porn

A growing number of universities are shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars to keep their names, logos and students off of the dark side of the Internet. Published December 28, 2011

"Right now, there are no real incentives to dissuade colleges and universities from continuing to raise tuition. It's not going to be easy, but there's no excuse for complacency," Vice President Joseph R. Biden told high school students in Florida this month. (Florida Times-Union via Associated Press)

Degree of frustration with cost of college

As tuition costs skyrocket and graduates walk away with ever-rising amounts of debt, American colleges now face a choice: Remain a part of the problem, or begin contributing to a solution. Published December 26, 2011

**FILE** U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Associated Press)

Run rogue bus operators off road, industry urges

The Obama administration's "relentless" war on unsafe bus companies has claimed at least a dozen victims over the past two years — and the industry wants to see more. Published December 25, 2011

Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Association, objects to the restart provision in the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration work rules. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Shift on trucker safety rules

The Obama administration on Thursday backed down from part of its plan to trim truckers' workdays, but the new regulations still left both the big-rig industry and its critics fuming. Published December 22, 2011

Charter schools must succeed or close

Unlike their traditional counterparts, charter schools aren't guaranteed an endless existence. And that, supporters say, is a good thing. Published December 21, 2011