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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

Black principals a factor in schools

Sharing skin color with their principal makes life better for many American teachers, according to a major new study from the University of Missouri. Published September 29, 2011

Darine Son, a cocktail waitress, serves beer to Bob Schank while he plays cards at a blackjack table last week in Parx Casino, near Philadelphia. The gambling house and nine others in Pennsylvania are providing thousands of jobs and raking in billions of dollars in tax revenue for the state. But there is opposition to the gambling on moral grounds. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pa.'s gamble on casinos paying off big

Just five years after its first casino opened, Pennsylvania now generates more tax revenue from card games and slot machines than any other state in the nation — and it isn't even close. Published September 28, 2011

GAME PLAN:  A gambling floor at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Conn., draws many of its customers from Massachusetts, but the Massachusetts legislature is expected to pass a bill to allow three resorts and a slots parlor. New England states are hurrying to keep their resident gamblers home by opening casinos within their own borders. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

New England battles for gaming dollars

Led by Massachusetts, legislators and state officials across New England are lining up behind casinos as the heart of American puritanism eyes a transition into the Las Vegas of the Northeast. Published September 27, 2011

Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican, called the waiver approach to overhauling the No Child Left Behind law "a dangerous precedent." (Associated Press)

Some in GOP back Obama on NCLB

Over objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill, President Obama is making it clear he will proceed with his blueprint education reform and an overhaul of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. Published September 26, 2011

Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, sees more energy sources in the future. "If you have a growing economy, this doesn't have to be a zero-sum game. The pie is going to get larger. Consumer demand is going to increase," he said. Video,

Using natural gas the only 'good news story'

The path to a national energy policy based largely on natural gas is becoming clearer as economic turmoil and rising oil prices cause lawmakers to take a second look at the clean-burning fuel trapped in underground rock, American Gas Association President and CEO Dave McCurdy said Tuesday. Published September 20, 2011

Promises of green jobs withering on vine

Despite billions of dollars in federal investment and cheerleading from President Obama, even the most ardent supporters of an energy sector based largely on wind, solar and other renewable sources acknowledge that their dreams have not translated into reality. Published September 11, 2011

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (AP Photo)

McCain: U.S. anti-terrorism efforts now more targeted

A decade after Sept. 11, 2001, one of Congress' most respected voices on defense predicted that the United States will not engage in another full-scale war in the Middle East any time soon. Published September 11, 2011

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard

Oil, gas exploration seen creating 1M jobs in seven years

Taking the handcuffs off the oil and gas industry would put more than a million Americans to work in the next seven years and make an $800 billion dent in the national debt by 2030, according to a new study released Wednesday. Published September 7, 2011

Maryland company builds library empire

Cash-strapped cities and local governments across the country, having privatized services such as trash collection and prison operations in efforts to make up budget shortfalls, are increasingly eyeing another service as a prime candidate for outsourcing: the neighborhood library. Published September 5, 2011

Boys in one class, girls in another at more schools

More American elementary and secondary schools are embracing the idea that a student will perform better in the classroom when a key distraction is removed: the opposite sex. Published September 1, 2011

Pediatricians take a swing at youth boxing as unsafe

In a new joint policy statement released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society discourage boxing among children and teenagers, citing the possibility of concussions, facial damage and other injuries. Published August 29, 2011

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks about the impact of Hurricane Irene at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, Sunday, Aug., 28, 2011. Napolitano said President Obama instructed administration officials to continue to be aggressive in their efforts to deal with the storm and its aftermath. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Officials credit FEMA progress, teamwork for minimizing disaster

President Obama, federal officials and East Coast governors and mayors began assessing damage Sunday from Hurricane Irene, which came ashore over the weekend with less-than-anticipated destruction but left behind widespread power outages and at least 21 people dead. Published August 28, 2011

Schools offering rewards to keep students in class

Students who go to class every day may get more than just an education. To combat truancy, many school districts are offering iPods, laptops and even cars in exchange for perfect attendance. Published August 28, 2011

Christie irks both sides on 'fracking' in N.J.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday rejected the first permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking" - at the state level, instead opting for a one-year moratorium that's angering the natural-gas industry and environmental groups alike. Published August 25, 2011

Start of school means it's lice-hysteria time

Forget curriculum reform, teachers unions and cheating scandals. For many of the nation's parents, the biggest worry at the start of a new school year comes from a much tinier source: head lice. Published August 24, 2011