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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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  • Tunisians hold landmark presidential election

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:44:08 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia took another step forward in its transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy.

  • Obama: Americans want 'new car smell' in 2016

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:41:36 GMT

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants a Democrat in the White House in 2016 and is pledging to do everything possible to help that nominee succeed.

  • Bahrain opposition blasts electoral turnout figure

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:39:56 GMT

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group has criticized the government's claim that more than half of registered voters participated in the first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago.

  • Israeli Cabinet approves nationality bill

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:14:06 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Cabinet has approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

  • Marion Barry remembered for love of DC

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:53:48 GMT

    Marion Barry, who served four terms as the mayor of the District of Columbia and served on the D.C. Council as the representative for the city's Ward 8 until his death Sunday at the age of 78, was remembered for his love for the city he served:

  • Jindal seen as liability for GOP candidate Cassidy

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:44:27 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the still-unfolding Louisiana Senate race, when Republican Bill Cassidy wants to hurt Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's standing, he suggests that a vote for her is a vote for unpopular President Barack Obama.

  • US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:36:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.

  • A way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:29:00 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama's moves on immigration without alienating the nation's fast-growing population of Hispanic voters can find a playbook in Colorado.

  • Israel mulls hard-line legislation after attacks

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:45:33 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Sunday called for new hard-line measures, including a proposal to strip Palestinian attackers of their residency rights, in response to a wave of deadly violence.

  • Polish opposition questions election results

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:16:20 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition leader suggested Sunday that local election results were falsified and said he will ask his supporters to protest them at a rally Dec. 13.

  • Putin says he will not be president for life

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:00:54 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution.

  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:49:56 GMT

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:30:58 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise.

  • Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:09:37 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.

  • Iraqi premier, US look to aid Islamic State battle

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:02:39 GMT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group focused their offensive Sunday on the city of Ramadi, backed by Sunni tribal fighters that the U.S. plans to arm.

  • Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:00:05 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

  • Tunisians hold first fair presidential election

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:54:15 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy.

  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:52:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.

  • Iraq premier orders aid for Islamic State fight

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:55:55 GMT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered more aerial support and weapons for fighters battling the Islamic State militant group in Anbar province as a curfew took effect Sunday in the provincial capital, Ramadi, amid intense clashes.

  • Afghan parliament approves US, NATO agreements

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:05:21 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's parliament approved agreements Sunday with the U.S. and NATO allowing international troops to remain in the country past the end of this year amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:37:14 GMT

    WASHINTON, D.C. (AP) — Former DC mayor Marion Barry, who staged comeback after 1990 crack cocaine arrest, has died.