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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

** FILE ** Gene Sperling, counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, arrives for the tax cut extension bill to be signed by President Obama during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington on Dec. 17, 2010. Mr. Obama was set to name Mr. Sperling director of the National Economic Council on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sperling and Woodward agree to move on

The bizarre back-and-forth between the White House and legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward has come to a close as both sides agreed on Sunday to move on. Published March 3, 2013

** FILE ** Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, testifies before a joint budget hearing on the environment on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

As New York weighs fracking, rivals race ahead

As yet another deadline comes and goes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to put off a decision on whether to allow fracking in New York, even as other states rush to cash in on the boom generated by the wildly successful drilling technology. Published February 27, 2013

President Obama mentioned climate change eight times during his inaugural address, and the White House has hinted that he may use executive power to pursue a form of clean-energy investments. (Associated Press)

Broad coalition lobbies Obama for 'climate summit'

The White House is coming under increasing pressure from climate change activists who want to see President Obama hold true to his pledge to confront the issue during a second term. Published February 21, 2013

Investigating fracking becomes business of its own

Millions of dollars already have been spent, and much more soon will be dumped into a litany of studies looking at fracking's impact on water and air quality and at possible links to cancer and other diseases. Published February 19, 2013

FAA seeks proposals for six drone test sites

In a major step forward for domestic drones, the federal government began Thursday to solicit proposals for six sites where the craft will be put through a battery of tests in preparation for their eventual integration into U.S. airspace. Published February 14, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FAA officially seeking drone test sites

In a major step forward for domestic drones, the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday began to solicit proposals for six sites where the craft will be put through a battery of tests in preparation for their integration into U.S. airspace. Published February 14, 2013

President Obama speaks about education on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Decatur Community Recreation Center in Decatur, Ga. The president is traveling to promote the economic and educational plan he highlighted in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama calls for nationwide expansion of preschool education

Taking his push for expanded early childhood education to a Republican-dominated state, President Obama on Thursday called on Congress to enact a sweeping program to extend preschool classes to every child in the United States. Published February 14, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, testifies before a state legislative committee on the legalization of growing hemp at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort, Ky., on Feb. 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul puts hold on Brennan nomination

Sen. Rand Paul will hold up the confirmation of John Brennan until the would-be CIA director sheds light on the extent of the administration's controversial policies on drone use. Published February 13, 2013