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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** Illinois of Secretary of State Capitol police officers speak with protesters sitting in front of the entrance to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on May 23, 2013. The demonstrators were protesting against the state's oil drilling "fracking" legislation. (Associated Press)

Illinois edges closer to endorsing gas fracking

Lawmakers in Illinois could sign off on legalizing fracking as early as this week, but approval of the highly controversial drilling method won't come without a fight. Published May 28, 2013

A rescue worker with his search dog looks through the remains of a home in Moore, Okla. Residents were allowed to return to their homes for the first time Wednesday, with local officials confident there are no more victims buried beneath the rubble.
(Dallas Morning News via Associated Press)

In Oklahoma tornado's aftermath, talk of 'safe rooms'

As Moore, Okla., begins to dig out of the wreckage wrought by Monday's killer storm, attention is shifting to the steps state officials may take to limit the loss of life the next time a tornado strikes — a question of "when," not "if." Published May 22, 2013

An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Coach barely escapes deadly tornadoes — twice

Until Monday, the closest brush Marcus Moeller had had with a killer tornado came when he moved out of Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011 — just hours before a twister ripped through the city, claiming 161 lives. Published May 22, 2013

What's Left: Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of Ms. Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday.

Oklahoma destruction hard to fathom even for Tornado Alley

As search and rescue teams combed Moore, Okla., for survivors of Monday's deadly twister, officials struggled to describe devastation that, even for a town in the heart of "Tornado Alley," is almost unimaginable. Published May 21, 2013

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs with the Western Energy Alliance, which represents energy companies in western states. (Screen shot from http://westernenergyalliance.org)

Obama administration approves natural gas export site

In a key development that will help the U.S. export its vast energy resources, the Department of Energy on Friday approved an application for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Texas. Published May 17, 2013

** FILE ** John Edwards arrives at a federal courthouse during the eighth day of jury deliberations in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, May 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

John Edwards re-emerges, begins public comeback

Mark Sanford is now a member of Congress two years after he stepped down as governor of South Carolina following a highly publicized extramarital affair. Perhaps, then, it should be no surprise to learn that disgraced former presidential candidate and North Carolina senator John Edwards is plotting his own comeback. Published May 17, 2013

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy, Obama's EPA pick, advances on party-line vote

On a party-line vote, a key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a significant step forward for the controversial nominee and one that ends, at least temporarily, a bitter fight between Republicans and Democrats. Published May 16, 2013

**FILE** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

Perez, McCarthy pass hurdle to confirmation

Two of President Obama's second-term personnel picks that have attracted conservative and business opposition moved a step closer to confirmation Thursday. Published May 16, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

GOP leaders hit Obama for lack of accountability amid scandals

While congressional Republicans gear up to investigate numerous White House scandals, party leaders are making the rounds on cable news and pushing their new narrative: President Obama won't take responsibility for anything. Published May 15, 2013

David Axelrod ** FILE **

Axelrod: I don't even know anyone at the IRS

President Obama has pleaded ignorance and said he knew nothing about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 election season until news reports surfaced last Friday. Published May 15, 2013