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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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  • Police say newly freed gang member killed California officer

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:21:18 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whittier police thought they were helping a driver after a car crash.

  • 4 US tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:17:02 GMT

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

  • In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' becomes a frequent refrain

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:05:23 GMT

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's first new government hospital in more than three decades will soon open its doors — but only to Kuwaiti citizens.

  • Malaysian diplomat says Kim death investigation impartial

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:01:02 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The investigation into the death of the exiled half-brother of North Korea's ruler is being conducted in an impartial manner, Malaysia's ambassador to Pyongyang said Tuesday, rejecting accusations from the North that the probe was politically tinged.

  • Plane carrying 5 people hits Australian shopping mall

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:59:28 GMT

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

  • Colleagues mourn sudden death of Russian ambassador to UN

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:16:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Russia's ambassador to the United Nations who died suddenly after falling ill at his office at Russia's U.N. mission is being remembered by his diplomatic colleagues as a powerful and passionate voice for his nation.

  • Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:08:08 GMT

    SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

  • Tensions mount as Ecuador's presidential race up in the air

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:00:40 GMT

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Tension mounted as vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday, with supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations.

  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:30:49 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A prefecture in China's far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install a real-time GPS-like tracking system as part of an anti-terror initiative.

  • Thousands of demonstrators across US say 'Not My President'

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:44:05 GMT

    Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day.

  • Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:26:29 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The United States on Monday marked Presidents Day, a holiday that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as Republican President Donald Trump — to the dismay of some and the delight of others — upends traditional notions of the office.

  • Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:18:31 GMT

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations falls ill, dies at 64

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:41:37 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country's interests who could both spar and get along with his Western counterparts, died suddenly Monday after falling ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission.

  • Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:35:12 GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • The Latest: UN boss calls Russian ambassador 'outstanding'

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:27:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):

  • Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:29:26 GMT

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.

  • The Latest: Officer killed responding to traffic accident

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:14:07 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

  • N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:10:44 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

  • Paroled gang member allegedly kills Whittier officer

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:06:16 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A gang member paroled from jail only days ago shot and killed a Whittier police officer who was answering a report of a traffic accident and wounded his partner Monday before being wounded himself, authorities said.

  • Ruling party candidate on top in Ecuador's presidential vote

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:37:12 GMT

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa held an easy lead Monday in Ecuador's presidential election, though authorities said it might be a few more days before they determine if he won enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

  • The Latest: UN Security Council mourns Russian ambassador

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:14:07 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):