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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.

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** FILE ** President Obama visits the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., in March 2012. (Associated Press)

Greens vow mass protests if Obama OKs Keystone pipeline

As crews clean up spilled oil from a pipeline in Arkansas, environmental activists and others are using that spill and other incidents as fresh ammunition in their battle against the proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline. Published April 1, 2013

** FILE ** In a Monday, March 11, 2013, photo, supporters of Indiana's charter school and private school voucher programs rally at the Statehouse where they heard from Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, upheld the law creating the nation's broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for a possible expansion. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star,Doug McSchooler)

Court upholds Indiana's groundbreaking vouchers program

In a major victory for the school-choice movement, Indiana's highest court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a sweeping, ambitious school voucher program put in place in 2011 by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican. Published March 26, 2013

** FILE ** Seattle police Officer Jim Britt demonstrates an unmanned aerial vehicle during an informational meeting at which the police attempted answer questions about their drone program at the Garfield Community Center in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The mayor of Seattle ended the police department's drone program in February after residents protested. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Colin Diltz)

Many questions, few answers as Capitol Hill weighs drones, privacy

Could police arm drones with tear gas or pepper spray? Will unmanned aircraft someday conduct 24-hour surveillance on American streets? Which arm of the federal government should take the lead in restricting what drones can do and what information they can collect? Published March 20, 2013

Natural gas backers say the time is now for exports

If the Obama administration doesn't act soon, the nation may miss out on a key opportunity to begin closing its trade deficit while U.S. companies also miss out on the chance to sell abundant natural gas to eager international customers, lawmakers said Tuesday. Published March 19, 2013

GOP takes issue with nominee to head EPA

The Obama administration's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency is the latest Cabinet nominee to face stiff resistance from Republicans. Sen. Roy Blunt said Monday that he will place a hold on Gina McCarthy, poised to take over the reins of the EPA, until the Obama administration sets a clear time frame for its study of a long-delayed levee project in the senator's home state of Missouri. Published March 18, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2012, following a Republicans strategy session. (Associated Press)

Sen. Blunt to block Obama EPA nominee over Mo. levee project

Sen. Roy Blunt will place a hold on Gina McCarthy, the White House's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, until the Obama administration sets a time frame for its study of a long-delayed levee project in southeast Missouri. Published March 18, 2013

Issue of carbon tax rears up once again

Business leaders joined a group of House Republicans on Wednesday to denounce a tax on carbon emissions — a concept that they acknowledge has virtually no chance of being translated into law anytime soon. Published March 13, 2013

DHS and its Customs and Border Protection agency have deployed drones to assist local law enforcement and other federal agencies on several occasions.

Drone industry predicts explosive economic boost

Drones as weapons and drones as spies remain matters of intense debate across the country, but the controversial aircraft are poised to make an impact as something else: economic engines. Published March 12, 2013

A proposal to build a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., was rejected Monday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (Associated Press)

New nuclear reactor for Maryland rejected

Plans to build a third reactor at southern Maryland's Calvert Cliffs were halted — perhaps permanently — on Monday as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld its earlier decision to reject the project. Published March 11, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama listens as his nominee for interior secretary, REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

Interior pick backs coal, dodges on carbon tax

President Obama's pick to lead the Interior Department had kind words for coal Thursday but dodged the politically sticky issue of whether she backs a carbon tax — a measure that critics fear would drive the domestic coal industry into the ground. Published March 7, 2013

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Explosion of drones ignites privacy issues

As technology advances, Americans' privacy expectations are being squeezed down to the point they soon will fit easily within the walls of a home. Published March 6, 2013

Feds deny having drones that track guns, phones

The federal government is pushing back against reports that it has drones specifically designed to track firearms and cellphone signals, the latest clash of an increasingly paranoid public and an administration trying to keep its unmanned aerial systems program under wraps. Published March 6, 2013