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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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  • Pro-Western Ukraine parliament holds first session

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:52:40 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's parliament opened for its inaugural session Thursday since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties.

  • Mining boom at stake, Greenland votes amid turmoil

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:49:22 GMT

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland's hopes of a mining boom are shrouded in uncertainty as voters on the ice-capped Arctic island decide Friday who will replace a local government that collapsed after its leader admitted to using taxpayers' money for private trips.

  • OPEC seen unlikely to cut output despite oil glut

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:42:17 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.

  • Afghanistan: British national killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:32:56 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan: British national killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul.

  • South Asian leaders reach last-minute energy deal

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:16:38 GMT

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing Thursday, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands.

  • Malaysia leader nixes pledge to scrap sedition law

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:15:34 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader said Thursday that a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the Sedition Act as part of political reforms.

  • 9 dead in Kashmir gunbattle between rebels, army

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:13:36 GMT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Heavily armed suspected militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Thursday, and three civilians were among the nine dead, authorities said.

  • Syrian troops kill 30 rebels near Damascus

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:12:39 GMT

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces have killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks, activists and state media said Thursday.

  • Spanish premier: Corruption is exception, not rule

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:07:17 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister, whose party is facing a series of corruption cases, says most politicians aren't crooked and that his government is taking the problem seriously.

  • Putin's tiger ravages goat farm in northeast China

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:52:37 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Ustin, a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is behaving badly in his new home in northeastern China.

  • N. Korean leader's sister named as senior official

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:51:48 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister is a senior official in the ruling Workers' Party, strengthening analysts' views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country.

  • Foreigner among 5 killed in Afghan bombing

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:14:36 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least five people, including a foreigner, Afghan officials said.

  • Suspected rebels kill 1 Indian soldier in Kashmir

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:14:07 GMT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Heavily armed suspected militants killed at least one Indian army soldier and wounded three others Thursday in the latest fighting in the Indian portion of Kashmir, an Indian army officer said.

  • Philippines unlikely to meet full-year growth goal

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:14:08 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is unlikely to meet its 2014 growth target after the economy's expansion slowed to 5.3 percent in the third quarter.

  • Heart stent not expected to sideline Ginsburg

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:04:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.

  • Presidents pick up the check for their meals

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:03:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

  • Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:02:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.

  • Japan's reporter pleads innocent in S. Korea trial

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:27:59 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Japanese reporter on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

  • Afghan attack targets British embassy car, 5 dead

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:21:14 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, killing at least five Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others, officials said.

  • Afghan suicide attack targets British embassy car

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:53:14 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, an embassy spokesman said, adding that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats.

  • Family: Boy's fatal shooting could have been avoided

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:43:11 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said surveillance video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive.