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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 [email protected].

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

McCain: Lack of full U.S. military commitment hurts Libyans

Sen. John McCain on Sunday said Libyan civilians are dying in large part because the Obama administration has refused to commit the full weight of the nation's military to the fight to overthrow strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Published May 29, 2011

Report slams heavy focus on school testing

As Congress and the Obama administration weigh a major reform of education policy, the government should overhaul testing methods that have handcuffed teacher creativity and done little to boost student achievement, according to a new report from the National Research Council. Published May 26, 2011

Charter schools and for-profit colleges on rise

From grade school to college, nontraditional education is growing in popularity, according to a new study from the National Center for Education Statistics. Published May 26, 2011

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is set to open a third round of Race to the Top education grants Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Feds ready 3rd round of 'Race to Top' for schools

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to announce Wednesday morning the third round of Race to the Top, which will include new rewards for states that improve their pre-kindergarten education programs. Published May 24, 2011

Piping is removed from a drill used in the "fracking" process to recover natural gas from the massive Marcellus Shale in Washington, Pa. The technology is changing Pennsylvania's economy. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Locals cash in on natural gas boom in Pa.

Paul Battista opened his industrial supply store in the small town of Slovan, Pa., 31 years ago in the hopes of doing big business with the infant solar-power industry. Times have changed — and so has his customer base. Published May 23, 2011

'Don't frack with our water,' say foes

"Don't frack with our water!" For those who see a darker side to the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry transforming these parts, that has become the new local rallying cry. Published May 22, 2011

A fracking operation in Washington, Pa., has brought a demand for workers from across the country, and has suddenly transformed a sleepy Pittsburgh suburb into a boomtown.  (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Shale motherlode brings world of change

Big energy companies have set up shop to tap the Marcellus Shale, a massive chunk of marine sedimentary rock stretching from the Finger Lakes region of New York as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee, holding within its subterranean grip vast deposits of natural gas. Published May 22, 2011

Pa. intends 'clear message' with fine

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday levied the largest fine in state history against an oil or gas company, sending what it called a "clear message" to Chesapeake Energy after several recent violations. Published May 17, 2011

'Healthier' school lunch at what cost?

If the federal government gets its way, critics are warning, school lunches will be more expensive and less appetizing and ultimately will leave school districts footing the bill for costly food going down the garbage disposal. Published May 16, 2011

Uniform education standards seen timely

The push by states to implement a "common core" of standards by 2014 presents an opportunity to revamp student assessment methods and correct problems that have plagued the system for the past decade, according to researchers. Published May 16, 2011

Schools struggle to teach 9/11 to students too young to remember

The death of Osama bin Laden was the ultimate teachable moment, but it has left teachers, parents and educators scrambling to tell the story of Sept. 11 and the career of the world's most wanted terrorist to a new generation of schoolchildren — many of whom were not even born when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Published May 10, 2011

For-profit colleges defend their stature

These aren't your parents' colleges. There are typically no sprawling campuses, no fraternities or sororities, no students reading books under trees and no sports teams. Published May 4, 2011

** FILE ** Thomas J. Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber pushes GOP-backed reforms for nation's schools

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called on Congress to speed up its efforts to reform federal education policy and released a broad outline of priorities it says are crucial to student success across the country. Published May 4, 2011

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, here in 2008, says a loss of bipartisan cooperation is hampering current education reform efforts.

Spellings: Politics, lack of knowledge hurt school reform

Ten years ago, former President George W. Bush's signature education initiative, the No Child Left Behind Act, garnered strong bipartisan support and passed the Senate on an 87-10 vote. As Congress now starts work on a policy overhaul, that "planetary alignment" between the parties is nowhere to be found. Published May 2, 2011

Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels chats with student Cree DeDeaux, 14, during a tour of the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in Indianapolis on April 15. Indiana on Wednesday passed the largest school-voucher bill in the nation's history. Mr. Daniels is expected to sign the measure into law.

States leaving feds behind on school reforms

A growing number of states are not waiting for the federal government's lead in overhauling education. This year alone, 36 states have either passed or are considering comprehensive legislation on school vouchers, tax credits and other reform measures. Published April 28, 2011

Report: States' funding for pre-K taking hit

Preschool programs have become the victims of budget shortfalls across the nation, and the Obama administration's education point man said Monday he fears it's only going to get worse for the 1.3 million youngsters who benefit from them. Published April 26, 2011

'Moribund' Senate frustrates members of both parties

A few days after 10 of his colleagues wrapped up a trip to the Asian gambling hub Macau, Sen. Mark Kirk warned that the Senate has become "moribund" and is not doing enough to address the nation's many challenges. Published April 24, 2011