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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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  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:56:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

  • Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:53:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency.

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:25 GMT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

  • World War II bomb defused in German city

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:05 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted.

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:46:46 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.

  • Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:42:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

  • President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

  • IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:39:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year.

  • Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:35:54 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.

  • Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:32:53 GMT

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.

  • Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:21:05 GMT

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.

  • US announces protections for transgender workers

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder.

  • Correction: Cuba-Travel story

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:28 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000.

  • Video claims responsibility for Tunisia killings

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:17 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A new video has surfaced with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians.

  • Obama signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:16:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

  • Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:16:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.

  • Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:07:44 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.

  • Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:07:13 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that sets a 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from war-won lands the Palestinians seek for their state.

  • Judge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:05:42 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border where Warren Jeffs' sect is based.

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:00:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.