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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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  • Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:45:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.

  • Hillary Clinton email trove under review for release

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:41:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will review a huge cache of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for possible release after revelations she conducted official business as secretary of state in the shadows of a private account. The disclosure has raised questions in the buildup to her expected presidential run about whether she adhered to the letter or spirit of accountability laws.

  • Maker of device in 'superbug' outbreak lacked FDA clearance

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:40:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell an updated version the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes 1st test

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:40:01 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its first test at the state Legislature on Thursday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered its unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure.

  • States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:38:46 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.

  • New Jersey announces $225M Exxon settlement; had sought $9B

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:37:43 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey announced a $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil on Thursday that state officials said is the largest environmental settlement against a corporate defendant in state history — though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought.

  • Maine fishermen set record $585M haul in 2014

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:35:50 GMT

    ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine's fishermen hauled in a huge catch worth a state record $585 million last year, buoyed by an unprecedented surge in the value of the state's beloved lobsters.

  • Envelopes with white powder found at Canadian offices

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:34:42 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Authorities in Quebec launched an investigation after envelopes containing a suspicious white powder were found Thursday in the district offices of at least two Conservative Canadian cabinet ministers. A government official later said the powder sent to one of the ministers has been deemed harmless.

  • Funds flowing to My Brother's Keeper after first year

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:33:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More money than expected has been committed to President Barack Obama's initiative aimed at helping young men of color, White House officals said Thursday.

  • Suspended Supreme Court judge in Panama sentenced to prison

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:32:07 GMT

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — A three-member judicial panel in Panama has sentenced a suspended Supreme Court justice to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment in an unusual case of corruption that captured the Central American nation's attention.

  • New play brings Supreme Court Justice Scalia to the stage

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:29:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Edward Gero has spent a lot of time in court over the past year — the Supreme Court to be exact — watching, studying and listening to one justice in particular, seeing how he behaves.

  • Experts: Ferguson must move quickly to rebuild public trust

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:27:55 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The federal government's withering report on the Ferguson Police Department issued a stern mandate to city leaders: Reform your law-enforcement practices and rebuild relations with the black community.

  • Only female chair of a House committee says she'll retire

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:16:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only female chair of a House committee said Thursday that she will retire from Congress when her term expires at the end of next year.

  • NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:01:15 GMT

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.

  • Syria says it killed military leader of al-Qaida group

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:59:15 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters.

  • Will they rise? Rate worries weigh on dividend stocks

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:49:28 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dividend investing used to be so easy, not to mention lucrative. But it may be set to get a lot different.

  • Only female chair of House committee says she'll retire

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:46:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only woman to chair a House committee says she will retire from Congress when her term expires at the end of next year.

  • Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:45:52 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Debates over when the school year should begin are playing out in districts around the country, with lawmakers trying to balance concerns about local control, academic rigor and tourism revenue.

  • Oxy pays confidential sum to settle Peru pollution case

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:42:53 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Indigenous communities that sued Occidental Petroleum over contamination in Peru's northern Amazon have reached an out-of-court settlement in which the U.S.-based oil company will pay them an undisclosed sum.

  • GOP lawmaker in California launches bid for US Senate

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:33:07 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-term Republican legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't sent a GOP senator to Washington since the 1980s.

  • Police: Man who shot at NSA building was hearing voices

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:32:13 GMT

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The man accused of shooting at five public places in Maryland told police he heard voices directing him to fire at a random driver, according to charging documents released Thursday.