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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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  • IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bombing that killed 21

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:42:52 GMT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing Saturday east of Baghdad, according to a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials. The IS statement described the attack as a three-ton truck bombing.

  • Police confirm 7 dead in building collapse in Kenyan capital

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:42:36 GMT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Seven people were killed and at least 121 others were injured in the collapse of a residential building in Nairobi during heavy rains, Kenyan officials said Saturday.

  • AP EXPLAINS: Why Aleppo is Syria's fiercest battleground

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:33:04 GMT

    As a two-month-old cease-fire collapses and peace talks stall, the northern city of Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 200 people have been killed in the last nine days in airstrikes and shelling on contested neighborhoods of the city.

  • Police detain protesters at party convention in Germany

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:56:10 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Police have detained about 400 leftists who were protesting against the national convention of the populist Alternative for Germany party in Stuttgart.

  • Air strikes on Aleppo amid calm in other parts of Syria

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:49:12 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two Syrian opposition monitoring groups are reporting government air strikes on insurgent-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo.

  • Saudi forces kill 2 militants after failed car-bombing

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:01:36 GMT

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says security forces have killed two militants before they were able to detonate a car bomb in the southwestern town of Bisha.

  • San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:57:14 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's police chief said that he has ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already dogged by fatal shootings of unarmed minority suspects.

  • Iran state media: Moderate bloc wins more seats in runoff

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:31:30 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's moderate-reformist bloc secured more than 30 more seats in parliamentary runoff elections, according to a Saturday report on state TV.

  • White House 2016: Clinton gears up for Trump in fall race

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:46:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:45:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

  • Pennsylvania GOP delegates voice strong support for Trump

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:44:03 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A solid majority of Pennsylvania Republicans elected as delegates to the GOP's presidential nominating convention in Cleveland say they intend to vote for the candidate who won a thumping primary victory in their state — Donald Trump.

  • Trump making case to GOP insiders amid chaotic rally scene

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:41:09 GMT

    BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Donald Trump took his outsider campaign to the inner sanctum of California's Republican party, making his case directly to the GOP's state party convention even as angry demonstrators shadowed him outside in a possible harbinger of the controversy he will bring as the nominating process shifts toward the nation's most populous and diverse state.

  • Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:37:18 GMT

    BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said they were roughed up but no serious injuries were reported.

  • 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:33:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."

  • Iran state media: Moderate-reformist bloc wins more seats

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:15:00 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV says that the moderate-reformist bloc has secured more than 20 more seats in parliamentary runoff elections, bringing the bloc closer to a majority in the next legislature.

  • China, Japan foreign ministers meet to smooth tense ties

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:03:19 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China portrayed the visit Saturday by the Japanese foreign minister as an act of outreach to an angry Beijing, as the two sides try to repair relations bedeviled by disputes over territory, history and competition for influence in East Asia.

  • Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:48:34 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.

  • President Obama celebrates jazz at the White House

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:16:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are celebrating International Jazz Day a day early with a concert at the White House.

  • China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:56:18 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.

  • UN says N. Korea accusations vs US troops 'unsubstantiated'

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:21:02 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The American-led U.N. command on Saturday dismissed as unsubstantiated accusations from North Korea that U.S. troops at a border village tried to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting acts."

  • North Korea sends another US citizen to prison

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:08:21 GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.