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National Briefing | Washington: Company Faulted for Helicopter Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board said that a firefighting helicopter crash was caused by the understatement of the aircraft’s weight by Carson Helicopters. Read more……

Report Finds Oil-Drilling Inspectors in Disarray

Federal inspectors charged with ensuring the safety of offshore oil drilling are overwhelmed, insufficiently trained and lack official procedures for crucial decisions, investigators found. Read more……

Political Times: Murmurs of Primary Challenge to Obama

That a primary is being discussed reflects how fully the president’s relationship with his party’s liberal activists has ruptured. Read more……

Liftoff of Private Rocket to Usher In a New Phase

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for launching on Wednesday. Read more……

House Republican Leaders Select Committee Chairmen

House Republican leaders chose committee chairmen for several powerful panels, including the Appropriations Committee. Read more……

Illegal Immigrant Students Await Votes on Legal Status

Both houses of Congress were set to vote on a bill that would give legal standing to hundreds of thousands. Read more……

Some Ex-Detainees Still Tied to Terror

About one in four former Guantánamo Bay detainees who have been transferred out of the military prison are confirmed or suspected of having engaged in terrorist activities after their release.…

Suit Over Targeted Killings Is Thrown Out

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit that sought to block the United States from trying to kill Anwar al-Awlaki. Read more……

Rice, on ‘The View,’ defends Obama on WikiLeaks

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice looked somewhat befuddled Monday as she co-hosted the daytime television talk show “The View.” She nodded and smiled as the regular yakkers debated the…

Elizabeth Edwards dies; lived her pain on a public stage

Elizabeth A. Edwards, who captured the nation’s sympathy and admiration for her forthright grace in coping with her struggle with breast cancer and the infidelity of her husband, presidential candidate…