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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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  • 50 Cent says expenses $108,000 a month; $72,000 for mansion

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:42:12 GMT

    HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening.

  • US, Philippines to raise territorial row in Malaysia meet

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:28:58 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite China's objections, the United States and the Philippines will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the disputed South China Sea in an annual diplomatic meeting in Malaysia, officials said Tuesday.

  • States' targets shift in final Obama climate change plan

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:05:16 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants.

  • Judge: Idaho's anti-dairy spying law is unconstitutional

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:03:25 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws in other states.

  • Mexico City mayor vows full probe of journalist slaying

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:02:41 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's mayor said Monday that no expense will be spared and no line of investigation ignored in the hunt for the killers of four women and a photojournalist, who had fled the state where he worked fearing for his safety.

  • Ex-Senate candidate: Board has ended probe of Facebook posts

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:02:08 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas radiologist who lost a hard-fought primary battle to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts says the state's medical board has dropped an investigation into whether he violated patient privacy by posting X-ray images of severe medical injuries.

  • GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:42:45 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season's first full-fledged debate.

  • Baltimore homicide uptick: Anti-crime partnership launched

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:37:46 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police and civic leaders launched a partnership Monday with five federal agencies that will embed their special agents with city homicide detectives, bidding to quell an upswing in homicides and other violent crime in that city.

  • Libyan accused in Benghazi attacks seeks dismissal of case

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:30:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan militant accused in the 2012 Benghazi attacks has asked a judge to dismiss charges against him.

  • New York attorney general to investigate woman's jail death

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:14:40 GMT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The state's top prosecutor said Monday that he will investigate the jail cell death of a mother of eight who waited two days for arraignment on a shoplifting arrest.

  • Judge extends hold on recordings made by anti-abortion group

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:11:03 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco extended a restraining order on Monday that blocks an anti-abortion group from releasing any recordings that it secretly gathered at annual meetings of an abortion providers' association.

  • Firing of town's first black police chief leads to turmoil

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:10:53 GMT

    POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Residents of a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore vented their frustrations and concerns about the ouster of the town's first black police chief at a City Council meeting Monday that devolved into angry shouting.

  • Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:09:46 GMT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.

  • The Latest: Pataki says GOP must unite around ideas in 2016

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:09:43 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faced off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season.

  • VA to review status of Marines affected by tainted water

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:02:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday it will begin reviewing the disability status of Marines who developed cancers and other conditions due to exposure to chemicals that contaminated the water at Camp Lejeune (luh-ZHERN') for more than 30 years.

  • Judge nixes extradition in case of painting looted by Nazis

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:57:30 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Poland lacks probable cause to extradite a Russian art dealer living in New York on criminal charges accusing him of knowing that an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II was stolen property when he inherited it from his father, a judge ruled Monday.

  • The Latest: Santorum says Fiorina good choice for $20 bill

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:52:39 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faced off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season.

  • Kerry talks trade in Singapore before regional security meet

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:47:37 GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations.

  • The Latest: Carson says he's best able to solve problems

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:45:30 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faced off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season.

  • The Latest: Paul says he's a 'different kind of Republican'

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:33:18 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faced off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season.

  • The Latest: Rubio talks immigration at GOP 2016 forum

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:29:45 GMT

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faced off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season.