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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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  • Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on their next step

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:55:42 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — The organizers of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests canceled a Sunday vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn't properly consulted with the public before calling the referendum.

  • In Iowa Christie bemoans 'vacuum of leadership'

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:27:57 GMT

    CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie presented himself in sharp contrast to President Barack Obama in a fiery speech that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.

  • Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:22:38 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians expressed tentative hope for the future as they lined up early Sunday to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring.

  • Ukraine votes to overhaul parliament

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:01:21 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Voters in Ukraine headed to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament, overhauling a legislature tainted by its association with ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.

  • Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on next step

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:58:50 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Organizers of Hong Kong's democracy protests say they're canceling a Sunday vote on the next step in their monthlong street occupation.

  • Found remains of WWII vet to be buried in Oakland

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:45:47 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany will finally be laid to rest.

  • Suspect in killing of deputies was twice deported

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:31:02 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said.

  • Tunisians vote in historic elections

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:08:59 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians were lining up to vote early in the morning to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring.

  • Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:04:50 GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.

  • Nurse criticizes Ebola quarantine, raising concern

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:50:25 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program.

  • NJ Gov. Christie back again in Iowa; 2016 on mind?

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:33:00 GMT

    CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.

  • Botswana's ruling party wins election

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:09:19 GMT

    GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana's ruling party has won re-election despite a vigorous challenge from the opposition, extending its decades-old hold on the southern African nation, an election official said Sunday.

  • Brazil votes for next leader after bitter campaign

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:39:40 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff is counting on Brazilians' gratefulness for a decade of progress to overcome concerns about a sluggish economy as the leftist leader seeks re-election on Sunday after a bitter, unpredictable campaign.

  • Cuomo: Ebola quarantine may be hard to enforce

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:54:05 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is acknowledging that the 21-day Ebola quarantine he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced may be difficult to enforce.

  • US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:33:37 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.

  • Feds: Man suspected of killing deputies during California shooting rampage was twice deported

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:52:47 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Feds: Man suspected of killing deputies during California shooting rampage was twice deported.

  • Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:44:43 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is the first test case of quarantine policies now in effect in three states over heightened fears the deadly virus could be spread by health care workers returning to the United States.

  • Complex investigation follows killing of deputies

    Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:18:06 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 law enforcement officers from across Northern California responded without being asked after hearing that one of their own had been killed at the start of a shooting rampage, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Saturday.

  • Across US, Dems enlist Latinas for top of ballot

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:44:19 GMT

    APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer.

  • Brazil's election: 'Ghosts' versus 'Monsters'

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:32:20 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian voters electing a new president Sunday are being asked to decide what scares them least: the incumbent's warnings about the "ghosts of the past," or her challenger's charges about the "monsters of the present."

  • Maui voters to decide whether to ban GMO crops

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:06:19 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.