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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

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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

Canadian urges Obama to OK Keystone

A top Canadian official took his case for the Keystone XL pipeline to President Obama's hometown on Tuesday. Published March 5, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner (left), Ohio Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

McConnell and Boehner: Republicans united on sequesters

They spent the weekend blaming each other for the $85 billion in sequestration cuts that began taking effect Friday — but top Democrats and Republicans were careful Sunday to keep the door open to a breakthrough deal on the federal budget. Published March 3, 2013

** 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