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“Everything is political,” as the saying goes, and it’s especially true for the law. Politics plays a huge role in the crafting, execution and (even though no one likes to admit it) interpretation of the law, so anyone interested in any aspect of the law should follow the politics that affect it. FindLaw’s Political News section is the leading source of political and legal news, offering timely legal reports, analysis from leading attorneys and a selection of the best stories from across the Web.

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  • Syria talks in Moscow end without visible results

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:57:43 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up four days of consultations in Moscow on Thursday with a general statement avoiding any of the difficult issues surrounding the country's nearly four-year civil war.

  • London summons Russian envoy after bombers near UK airspace

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:49:38 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has summoned Russia's ambassador and asked him to explain why Russian warplanes flew near British airspace, disrupting civil aviation.

  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:46:46 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

  • US court in Virginia hears 2 Somali pirates' appeals

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:45:25 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Somali pirates convicted of killing four Americans aboard a yacht have launched appeals in a Virginia federal court.

  • Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:42:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's budget will propose spending $74 billion more than current spending caps. That would be an increase of about 7 percent.

  • Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:42:10 GMT

    SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme created because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina.

  • Belarus to host new round of Ukrainian peace talks

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:41:11 GMT

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus says it will host another round of Ukrainian peace talks amid fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.

  • Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:40:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas.

  • Belarusian leader issues tough warning to Moscow

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:38:27 GMT

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — New cracks have emerged in a Russia-led economic alliance, with the president of Belarus warning that his nation may opt out of it.

  • Obama to propose $74 billion increase above current spending caps, increase of about 7 percent

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:33:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to propose $74 billion increase above current spending caps, increase of about 7 percent.

  • Chief: Officers told teens to get out of car before shooting

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:11 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Police told teens several times to get out of a stolen car before opening fire and killing the 17-year-old girl behind the wheel as she drove at one of the officers, Denver's police chief said.

  • Jordan seeks proof captive pilot alive before any IS trade

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:19:46 GMT

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Thursday demanded proof from Islamic State militants that a Jordanian pilot they are holding is still alive, despite purported threats by the group to kill the airman at sunset unless an al-Qaida prisoner is freed from death row in Jordan.

  • Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:18:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Alibaba shares tumble on 4Q revenue miss

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:17:14 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba's Group shares dropped 10 percent on Thursday after the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse reported holiday-quarter revenue that surged 40 percent but missed analyst expectations.

  • Argentina buries prosecutor who accused gov't of cover-up

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:12:31 GMT

    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina has buried the prosecutor who was found dead after alleging President Cristina Fernandez protected those responsible for the country's worst terrorist attack.

  • Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:02:21 GMT

    JALINGO, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.

  • Jewish leader triggers alarm at Auschwitz, held by police

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:50 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of Rome's Jewish community, whose grandparents were killed at Auschwitz, visited the former Nazi death camp to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation. He ended up spending the night at the police station after triggering an alarm.

  • Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:53:56 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Five centuries after burning thousands of Jews at the stake, forcing them to convert to Christianity or expelling them, Portugal is granting citizenship rights to their descendants as part of an attempt to make amends.

  • Almost half of US households exhaust their salaries

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:53:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth "solid." But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating.

  • Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:47:04 GMT

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo.

  • McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:46:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them "low-life scum."