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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

Fracking firms eye pipeline to D.C. market

In another sign of the fracking boom that's helped revitalize Pennsylvania's economy, three major energy firms say they want to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from the Keystone State as far south as the Washington, D.C., market. Published March 5, 2012

Natural-gas producers fear rules blitz

With the Obama administration ramping up the pressure on natural-gas drilling companies, industry leaders fear a looming wave of federal regulations could strangle what has become one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy. Published March 1, 2012

**FILE** People walk on the campus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

Scientists protest cost of research journals

Call it the white-coat revolution. But instead of a Tunisian man burning himself about his vegetable cart, it's research scientists protesting the high cost of the Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation journal. Published February 29, 2012

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Associated Press)

Palin still not sold on Romney's conservatism

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday again questioned Mitt Romney's conservative credentials but said the Republican presidential front-runner remains in the lead because he's "a great candidate." Published February 12, 2012

**FILE** Students change classes on Dec. 8, 2010, at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

Charter school teachers fear IRS rules change

A little-noticed proposed change in Internal Revenue Service regulations could have devastating effects for charter school teachers by making them ineligible for state retirement plans, and they could stand to lose much of the money that they already have accrued. Published February 12, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination at a rally in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Santorum: 'It's a two-person race'

Undeterred by Mitt Romney's big weekend, Rick Santorum on Sunday called the bid for the Republican presidential nomination a "two-person race" and said the former Massachusetts governor's campaign has grown "desperate" in its attempt to win over conservative voters. Published February 12, 2012

Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican and chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

Kline releases final bill to replace No Child Left Behind

The Republican chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Thursday released the final two pieces of his reform agenda, designed to replace the widely criticized and decade-old No Child Left Behind federal education law. Published February 9, 2012

This Sept. 14, 2011 file photo shows Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., at the Capitol in Washington. Enzi is scheduled to explain his proposal Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 that would allow states to require Internet vendors to collect sales tax for all the states regardless of vendor's location. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

10 states can drop No Child law, submit new plans

Ten states were given an exit from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind law Thursday, as the Obama administration followed through on its promise to overhaul federal education policy without Congress. Published February 9, 2012

Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Monday at Florida State University in Tallahassee in support of the Obama administration's proposal to cap college tuition. (Associated Press)

Administration pushes proposal to cap college tuition

Shrugging off widespread criticism of its college tuition cap proposal, the Obama administration mounted a public-relations blitz Monday to sell the plan to students and university leaders. Published February 6, 2012