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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

The wreckage of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is pictured after it crashed while landing at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Intern who confirmed fake Asiana pilots' names is 'very intelligent': NTSB

The summer intern who confirmed to a California TV station that "Captain Sum Ting Wong" and three others piloted the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed July 6 at San Francisco International Airport is being described by the federal government as a "very intelligent young man." Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (Associated Press)

EXCLUSIVE: Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records

A government watchdog has found for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases. Published July 15, 2013

The wreckage of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is pictured after it crashed while landing at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Asiana Airlines to sue TV station over fake names

An Oakland, Calif., TV station now faces a lawsuit from Asiana Airlines after a news anchor read fake, racially insensitive names purported to belong to pilots involved in the July 6 crash in San Francisco, NBC News reported. Published July 15, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

Zimmerman jury deliberates as Florida, nation on edge

As a jury weighs the fate of accused murderer George Zimmerman, leaders in Sanford, Fla., and beyond are pleading for calm but also preparing for violence as one of the most racially charged trials in recent U.S. history draws to a close. Published July 13, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. right, accompanied by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gestures as he speaks with reporters on Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, about student loan rates following a Republican strategy session. Interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent last week because Congress didn't avert a rate hike built into the law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Blame game escalates; student loan bill fails again in Senate

Senators are going back to the drawing board after another attempt to address the July 1 increase in college-loan interest rates failed Wednesday and left millions of students faced with even more debt as they head into the fall academic term. Published July 10, 2013

Opponents of HB 2, an abortion bill, yell outside the Texas House after the bill is provisionally approved on July 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. (Associated Press)

Texas House passes nation's most restrictive abortion bill

The Texas House on Wednesday passed new abortion limits widely seen as the most restrictive in the nation and, in doing so, guaranteed the state will remain ground zero in the white-hot national debate over life and choice. Published July 10, 2013

Binz record on energy in Colorado concerns many

As Ronald J. Binz heads to Washington to become one of the country's most powerful energy regulators, critics say the former Colorado official leaves in his wake a record of dramatic overreach, an outright hostility to coal and an "anti-business" bent. Published July 9, 2013