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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.

Top Headlines

  • EU foreign affairs chief announces visit to Iran

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:58:00 GMT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says she is preparing to visit Iran following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran with world powers.

  • Pope's sex abuse panel tells survivor to take a time-out

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:51:42 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to temporarily sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission.

  • Over 100 missing, 14 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:51:17 GMT

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people.

  • Body of Italian student found in Cairo flown back to Italy

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:47:57 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italy is demanding that Egyptian authorities swiftly help determine the truth about the killing of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo, where he was researching Egyptian labor movements and other social issues.

  • Haiti leader departs as he came: amid uncertainty, disorder

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:45:52 GMT

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Michel Martelly came to office promising a stronger Haiti following a messy election that provoked widespread skepticism. He is due to leave power Sunday at the close of his five-year term with few accomplishments and a legacy clouded by a new political crisis.

  • EU ministers want to buttress borders to stem refugee flow

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:34:22 GMT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — European Union nations anxious to stem the flow of asylum-seekers coming through the Balkans are increasingly considering sending more help to non-member Macedonia as a better way to protect European borders instead of relying on EU member Greece.

  • Former Mayor Cianci to lie in repose at Providence City Hall

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:29:21 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see) will lie in repose at City Hall outside the office he occupied for more than 21 years.

  • Gun control not resonating as key issue in New Hampshire

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:16:03 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With each mass shooting in the United States in the past year, a debate raged about whether gun-control measures were overdue to make Americans safe.

  • After Iowa, Trump showing off effort to win in New Hampshire

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:12:45 GMT

    LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — With wet snow already ankle deep and falling fast, Dave Chiokadze and James Radcliffe trekked down one long driveway after another in search of potential votes for Donald Trump.

  • The Latest: Iran holds funeral for troops killed in Syria

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:02:15 GMT

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the fighting in Syria, where government forces are waging a massive offensive around the northern city of Aleppo, once the country's largest. (all times local):

  • Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:51:18 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments that suspect it is a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

  • Top UN human rights official begins talks in Sri Lanka

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:42:06 GMT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The top U.N. human rights official began discussions with the Sri Lankan government Saturday on the measures taken by the island nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during its long civil war, as hundreds of protesters marched against the world body's involvement.

  • The Latest: EU urges Turkey to keep border open to migrants

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:31:17 GMT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):

  • Sex-abuse survivor takes leave of absence from Vatican panel

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:23:41 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' efforts to show that he's tough on clerical sex abuse suffered a blow Saturday after a high-profile abuse survivor took a leave of absence from the pontiff's advisory commission.

  • The Latest: Turkey aiding Syrians, but border closed

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:19:08 GMT

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the fighting in Syria, where government forces are waging a massive offensive around the northern city of Aleppo, once the country's largest. (all times local):

  • Hungary's public education official replaced amid protests

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:15:48 GMT

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's state secretary of public education has been replaced amid growing discontent and protests by teachers, students and parents against the government's centralization of the school system.

  • Q&A on state laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:15:10 GMT

    During the last two years, 13 states have passed laws meant to help keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers.

  • Recent state laws on domestic abuse, gun rights

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:13:43 GMT

    Specifics of the state laws passed during the last two years that are intended to make it harder for people convicted or suspected of domestic violence to access firearms:

  • States taking action to keep guns out of abusers' hands

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:12:02 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns.

  • Over 100 missing, 13 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:07:46 GMT

    TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn and caused a high-rise residential building to collapse, killing at least 13 people and injuring hundreds.

  • The Latest: Turkish official says no plan for more refugees

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:02:02 GMT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Latest on the movement of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):