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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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  • US Army secretary says US-South Korea war games to proceed

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:47:49 GMT

    JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning said Saturday that annual military drills between the United States and South Korea would go ahead next month, despite North Korea's warning of a "vicious" showdown if the war games proceed.

  • A look at state flag-protection laws

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:41:00 GMT

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Burning and other acts of destruction aimed at the United States' flag are protected by the U.S. Constitution as forms of free speech, but most American states have their own laws declaring them illegal. An Associated Press analysis found that at least 40 states have similar laws, which occasionally lead to arrests (though seldom, if ever, convictions). A look at the collection of obsolete state laws that live on:

  • Former governor, WWII ambassador to Britain getting his due

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:40:01 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Publicly, John Gilbert Winant was a three-term New Hampshire governor, the first leader of the Social Security Administration and U.S. ambassador to Britain during World War II. Privately, he battled depression and massive debt. He shot himself just as his memoirs were about to be published in 1947.

  • States' flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but persist

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:38:10 GMT

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has said flag-burning is a protected form of free speech, but a central Illinois man was jailed on July 4th under an old Illinois law that still says it is illegal.

  • Putin tests West's sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:38:05 GMT

    VRSIC, Slovenia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Saturday in Slovenia, a member of both the European Union and NATO, testing Western unity in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine.

  • Duke seeks return to political relevance on Trump coattails

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:37:19 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It would be hard to overstate how much former KKK leader David Duke has attempted to link his 2016 surprise Senate bid to that of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

  • Good cop or bad cop? Police chief under fire over outbursts

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:30:08 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman has confounded both supporters and critics over the years with dueling good cop-bad cop personalities.

  • Thousands, including PM, attends Stockholm's gay pride march

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:09:16 GMT

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Tens of thousands of people, including Sweden's prime minister, have participated in Stockholm's annual gay pride parade, walking along streets sprinkled with balloons and rainbow flags.

  • Syrian civilians begin leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:03:57 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of families and some opposition fighters started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave, state media reported.

  • Turkish authorities free over 800 soldiers in coup probe

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:57:42 GMT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish courts on Saturday released over 800 enlisted conscripts who were under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 failed coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

  • Burundi protests plan to deploy UN police

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:48:12 GMT

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — More than 1,000 people in Burundi participated in a government-backed demonstration in the capital, Bujumbura, to protest France's proposal approved by the U.N. Security Council to deploy U.N. police to the country.

  • Former Vermont governor touts instant-runoff voting in Maine

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:42:11 GMT

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean — who's also the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee — says he favors a voting system that would bring big changes to the American electoral process.

  • What's safe? Europe grapples with security after attacks

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:21:46 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — You can't put a guard in every church and patrol every beach. But after a wave of attacks in Western Europe, authorities are struggling to protect their people as best they can. The French Riviera city of Cannes has banned large backpacks on beaches lest they hide explosives, and Britain is providing extra funding for security at tens of thousands of places of worship.

  • Trump's Russia reset ideas alarming allies, many in US

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:13:18 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donald Trump's flurry of offhand remarks and abrupt zingers on Russia — praising Vladimir Putin, dismissing NATO — have jolted the world, not to mention the U.S. presidential campaign.

  • Stunt driver school trains for Georgia's film industry needs

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:40:17 GMT

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Stuntwoman Natalie Govin found work easily in South Florida — until funds for the state's film incentives program recently went dry.

  • Gaza's Hamas hands out land hoping to avoid financial crisis

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:33:38 GMT

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Earth movers dig into sand dunes on land where once Jewish settlements stood — prime real estate that the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas group hopes will ease its worsening financial crisis.

  • Philippine president calls off truce after rebel attack

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:33:28 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has withdrawn a cease-fire order after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline he had given.

  • Monsoon floods kill at least 52 people in India

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:27:39 GMT

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Indian authorities on Saturday tried to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rain killed at least 52 people and uprooted tens of thousands of others from their homes in the states of Assam in the remote northeast and Bihar in the east.

  • Bavaria governor criticizes Merkel's 'we will manage' mantra

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:32:57 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Bavaria's governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel's mantra that "we will manage" the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:31:26 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities said Friday.

  • Yemen government withdraws from Kuwait talks with rebels

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:21:52 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government delegation has quit talks in Kuwait with Shiite Houthi rebels despite resuming them earlier this month.