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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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  • Romanian president calls for referendum on prisoner pardons

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:33:03 GMT

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has called for a referendum on a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners, which critics say could weaken the anti-corruption fight.

  • UN, Nordic groups meet at Finland humanitarian aid to Syria

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:32:58 GMT

    HELSINKI (AP) — As talks between the Syrian government and rebel factions continue in Kazakhstan, Nordic and United Nations aid groups are meeting in Finland to discuss the plight of civilians in the war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half the country's population.

  • Gambia's new president, still in Senegal, names female VP

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:27:37 GMT

    BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new vice president will be a female leader of the opposition coalition that helped bring new President Adama Barrow to power, a presidential spokesman announced Monday as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow's return to the country he now rules.

  • Why Trump will find it hard to make American economy greater

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:26:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's economic plans are nothing if not ambitious: Annual growth of 4 percent — or more. A diminished trade gap. The creation of 25 million jobs over 10 years, including the return of good-paying factory positions.

  • Nebraska state senator criticized for women's march retweet

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:24:49 GMT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer is facing criticism again for a retweet suggesting that demonstrators at a women's march weren't attractive enough to be sexually assaulted.

  • Report: Police violated open-records law in bodycam case

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:24:39 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky attorney general's office says state police violated the state's open-records law by refusing to turn over a copy of bodycam video from the fatal shooting of a suspect by municipal police.

  • Trump opponent poised to become California attorney general

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:23:24 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their first official action since Donald Trump became president, California lawmakers are poised Monday to confirm a Democratic nominee for attorney general who has vowed to defend the state's liberal policies against the new administration and the Republican Congress.

  • Federal judge swats Aetna-Humana insurer combo

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:18:38 GMT

    A federal judge has rejected health insurer Aetna's plan to buy rival Humana Inc. for about $34 billion and become a major player in the market for Medicare Advantage coverage.

  • Spokesman for US-led coalition: Russian claims of joint air mission over Syria 'rubbish'

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:16:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spokesman for US-led coalition: Russian claims of joint air mission over Syria 'rubbish' .

  • Trump taps ex-Rep. Heather Wilson for Air Force secretary

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:15:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he has selected former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson of New Mexico to be secretary of the Air Force.

  • Sinn Fein chooses new leader O'Neill for Northern Ireland

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:09:18 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Michelle O'Neill has been named as the new leader of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland.

  • Will work for marijuana: Oops. Lawyer's license suspended

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:08:32 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana lawyer who worked in exchange for marijuana has been suspended from practice for a year. The state's Supreme Court rejected a disciplinary board's recommendation to let attorney James Mecca keep working.

  • Arizona Air Force base on lockdown amid suspicious sounds

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:04:43 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Arizona was on lockdown Monday after unconfirmed reports of gunshot sounds.

  • Activist walking barefoot across US is fatally struck by SUV

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:03:40 GMT

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — A Maine native walking barefoot across the U.S. to raise awareness about climate change has been struck and killed on a Florida highway.

  • Florida judge accused of racist and sexist slurs resigns

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:00:44 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of making demeaning comments about women and saying black people should "go back to Africa" has abruptly resigned.

  • Paris tests electric driverless minibus to fight pollution

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:00:42 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — In a city hit by chronic pollution and traffic problems, Paris officials are experimenting with a self-driving shuttle linking two train stations in the French capital.

  • Gayborhood racism is long-standing, Philadelphia report says

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:00:22 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Women, minorities and transgender people have felt unwelcome and unsafe in Philadelphia's gay neighborhood for decades, according to a city report issued Monday.

  • Trump calls Egypt's el-Sissi, offers support

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:53:27 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's presidency says that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who expressed hope for a "new push" in bilateral relations under Trump's administration.

  • NYC agrees to pay up to $75 million over dismissed summonses

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:50:59 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to pay up to $75 million to settle a lawsuit accusing police of issuing hundreds of thousands of summonses that were later dismissed on legal grounds.

  • The Latest: 'Sister Wives' family says it won't end fight

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:50:06 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision against hearing an appeal from the family on TV's "Sister Wives" challenging Utah's law banning polygamy (all times local):

  • Town official: Women's march gets wives 'outta the house'

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:45:24 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elected town official in Rhode Island faces criticism for tweeting that the women's march was a man's idea because it's the "perfect way to get the wives outta the house."