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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the Pentagon, military and foreign affairs for The Washington Times.

Previously, he covered energy and the environment, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016, and also spent two years as a White House correspondent during the Obama administration.

Before coming to The Times in 2011, Ben worked as political reporter at The Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at bwolfgan[email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

NASA head: U.S. will still lead despite shuttle's end

Pushing back at the notion that next week's final space shuttle launch means the end of American dominance in space, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden said Friday that the future is bright and promised that one day humans will land on Mars. Published July 1, 2011

Feds' website enables college-tuition comparisons

Can't decide between that prestigious culinary school or the community college down the street? A new online tool created by the Department of Education could help students make that decision, with detailed price comparisons for colleges and universities of all types across the country. Published June 30, 2011

White House revives push for Dream Act

Administration officials are beginning to ratchet up the pressure on Congress to pass controversial immigration-reform measures, but critics fear the changes are already being made without lawmakers' consent. Published June 27, 2011

Bills outline game plan for education overhaul

Brushing off criticism that Congress is moving too slowly on education reform, a key House committee chairman said Thursday that he believes he can push a package of five reform bills through the House this year and end the "draconian" approach of the expiring No Child Left Behind Act. Published June 23, 2011

D.C. Hispanics trail U.S. peers in math, reading

Hispanic students are struggling to catch up to their white counterparts in reading and math proficiency, and Hispanic students in the District of Columbia suffer from the largest performance gap in the nation, according to a major new study being released Thursday. Published June 23, 2011

GOP rips plan for climate office

House Republicans charged Wednesday that the Obama administration is aiming to establish a "propaganda office" for Democratic initiatives on global warming through a proposal to consolidate operations in a new "climate service" office within the Commerce Department Published June 22, 2011

Young scientists highlight need

Across the country, teachers and scientists are facing a test tougher than any in the laboratory: How do they keep young students interested in science and engineering, especially at a time when many fear the nation is losing ground to China and other countries in cutting-edge technology and innovation? Published June 19, 2011

Gates confirms talks with Taliban

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed Sunday that the U.S. State Department is talking directly with the Taliban, but he poured cold water on the possibility that the talks would lead to a quick end to the war in Afghanistan. Published June 19, 2011

Obama proposes 'Plan B' for education reform

Some congressional leaders on Tuesday said they fear the Obama administration's "Plan B" education-reform proposal could be seen not as a call to action on Capitol Hill, but instead as an excuse for lawmakers to take the summer off. Published June 14, 2011

History still a mystery for 12th-graders

Younger students have made significant gains in their knowledge of history in recent years, but American high school seniors' grasp of the nation's past has shown virtually no improvement in the past two decades, according to a major new national survey. Published June 14, 2011

A year later, CUA chief Garvey settles in

A year after being tapped for one of the highest-profile posts in Catholic education, John Garvey isn't surprised by the political pressures and criticisms that have come with the job. In fact, the Catholic University of America president said some of that criticism is a welcome change from the type he's used to. Published June 9, 2011

GOP senators cut class on Hill hearing

Republicans made good on their threat to boycott Tuesday's Senate committee hearing on for-profit colleges, while Democrats appear intent on introducing legislation to rein in a sector of higher education they say leaves students heavily in debt but with very limited job prospects to show for it. Published June 7, 2011

GOP senators noncommittal on inquiry into college funds

Senate Republicans still haven't decided whether they will show up for Tuesday's hearing on for-profit colleges, the primary target of the Education Department's controversial "gainful employment" rule released last week. Published June 6, 2011

Arne Duncan

For-profit college regulation softer than anticipated

The Obama administration Thursday released its highly anticipated regulation for tougher oversight of private, for-profit colleges, saying the new rules were needed to protect students who were running up big tuition bills but getting few practical job skills. Published June 2, 2011

D.C. charter schools up by 1

Three of the District's charter schools will not reopen in the fall, yet when the new school year begins, D.C. still will have more than it does now — a point that advocates for charter schools say proves their worth. Published June 1, 2011

President Barack Obama, left, reaches out to residents while viewing damage from the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Twister-ravaged Joplin gets promise of aid

President Obama on Sunday visited the site of a "national tragedy" in Joplin, Mo., where residents continue picking up the pieces after the devastating May 22 tornado that left more than 130 people dead and dozens more unaccounted for. Published May 29, 2011

"Medicare will be a part of any agreement to begin to reduce our long-term debt," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday. (Associated Press)

McConnell puts Medicare changes 'on the table'

The GOP Senate leader says the Ryan Medicare plan is "on the table," but Democrats will have to agree to at least some cuts if there is going to be an agreement on controlling the country's staggering debt. Published May 29, 2011