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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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  • New Legionnaires' death reported in western Illinois

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:58:53 GMT

    State officials are reporting another death and four new cases of Legionnaires' disease among residents of a western Illinois town, bringing the number deaths to eight from an outbreak first disclosed last week.

  • A look at the case of Texas man killed by deputies

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:57:25 GMT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The fatal shooting of a San Antonio-area man by sheriff's deputies is drawing scrutiny because the man had both hands in the air at the time he was shot. Officials say a video appears to show 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was armed with a knife during the confrontation Friday outside a home northwest of San Antonio, and are examining the images as part of their investigation.

  • Texas clinics file Supreme Court appeal of abortion law

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:55:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to take up a major case about abortion rights.

  • Sheriff: Texas man killed by deputies appeared to hold knife

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:45:45 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — A second video that captured Texas deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show that he was holding a knife, a sheriff said Wednesday, declining to release the video because the investigation is still going on.

  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:44:59 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax said he acted alone, and that mental illness and a side effect from a vaccine contributed to his behavior, the FBI said in a court filing.

  • Mexico's president acknowledges distrust, fear

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:42:49 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged Wednesday that the country's crime, corruption and economic troubles have caused distrust and anger among Mexicans.

  • California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:42:20 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newly released data shows that although just 6 percent of Californians are African Americans, they account for 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths.

  • New Ferguson report offers lessons on handling protests

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:38:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by mistrust between law enforcement and the community.

  • The Latest: Protester to face assault against officer

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:37:25 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury in custody (all times local):

  • Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:35:27 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine.

  • Nearly $32M in state funding to help renovate Alamo

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:31:58 GMT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas officials unveiled a nearly $32 million state effort Wednesday to renovate the Alamo and its grounds with the public's help.

  • Court strips lesser prairie chicken of federal protection

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:30:58 GMT

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A federal court in Texas has stripped the lesser prairie chicken of Endangered Species Act protections, a victory for oil and gas companies that argued conservation efforts are working.

  • Partial list of people compensated for wrongful conviction

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:30:47 GMT

    Here's a partial list of people who were compensated by the government after they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned:

  • Police officer killed in Illinois was on brink of retirement

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:25:40 GMT

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was on the brink of retiring after a 30-year-career in law enforcement. At 52, the tattooed police officer with a shaved head could still be tough and intimidating if the job called for it.

  • Sole voter on proposed sales tax hike against such increases

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:24:24 GMT

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The only resident registered to vote in a downtown business district in central Missouri said she would have voted against a proposed sales tax increase if officials had allowed the election to go forward.

  • Video of Arizona police officer whipping dog prompts probe

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:06:22 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A suburban Phoenix police officer is being investigated after a video posted online purportedly shows him whipping and kicking a police dog.

  • Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:04:18 GMT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A long-awaited Nebraska nursing home on the border with South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents early next year to ease a severe care shortage in one of the nation's poorest regions, a project official said Wednesday.

  • Rubio touts end to oil-export ban, bemoans EPA in Oklahoma

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:01:20 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation's future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday to a friendly group of mostly oil and natural gas producers.

  • Lesbian couple, like Kentucky clerk, standing up for beliefs

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:59:14 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio.

  • No charges against officer in Washington police shooting

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:55:02 GMT

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A prosecutor says no charges will be brought against an Olympia, Washington, police officer who shot and injured two men he says repeatedly threatened him, including with a skateboard.

  • Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:47:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle.