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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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  • New question in Texas: Can Davis survive defeat?

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:18:17 GMT

    KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — It's a sunny afternoon just before the election and Wendy Davis isn't addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors.

  • 2nd soldier claims presidency in Burkina Faso

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:10:43 GMT

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A largely unknown military colonel has emerged to say he has taken the helm of Burkina Faso, hours after an army general had made a similar declaration following the ouster of the country's president of 27 years.

  • Afghan president: Corruption, security top issues

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:02:47 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has vowed that his crackdown on official corruption will ensure there is no repeat of a banking scandal in which almost $1 billion was embezzled, decimating confidence in the country's financial sector.

  • UK warns travelers they could be terror targets

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:01:26 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has taken the unusual step of issuing a general terror warning to all U.K. travelers overseas because of fears that they could be targeted by Islamic State group terrorists seeking revenge for coalition actions in the Middle East.

  • Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:27:52 GMT

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

  • Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:21:29 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

  • As election closes in, Obama on center stage

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:18:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Clashing views from the White House and Republicans about the nation's trajectory are closing out the final week before Election Day.

  • Suicide car bomber kills 9 Afghan police, soldiers

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:06:51 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least nine members of the country's security forces have been killed in a suicide attack in eastern Logar province.

  • Once sleepy campaign issue, education gains clout

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:19:15 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Middle school art teacher Cynthia Bliss laced up her sneakers, grabbed a jacket and spent most of a recent Saturday asking strangers to help her oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:09:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

  • Report says 60,000 veterans get triple benefits

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:07:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report.

  • Alaska mine project splits major state industries

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:45:30 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A potential copper and gold mine at the headwaters of one of the world's richest salmon runs is both an environmentalist rallying cry and a potent issue in development-happy Alaska that could help Democratic Sen. Mark Begich survive a strong re-election challenge.

  • Military service members complain about sex survey

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:11:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some in the U.S. military are complaining about a sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

  • Commander: 18 Islamist fighters killed in Libya

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 07:43:50 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — An Islamist field commander says that 18 militiamen have been killed in an attack on a western Libyan town.

  • Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:28:40 GMT

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.

  • Hong Kong protests promise political game change

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:06:38 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares.

  • Amid Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:54:14 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.

  • New US general seeks China air safety dialogue

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:18:15 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Air Force's new commander in the Pacific said Saturday she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air that have added to regional tensions.

  • Ecuador top court endorses re-election for Correa

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:01:53 GMT

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's top court endorsed and sent to the National Assembly on Friday a constitutional reform package that would allow indefinite re-election for President Rafael Correa.

  • Protests push Burkina Faso president from power

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:05:03 GMT

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers.

  • Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

    Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:32:48 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.