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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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  • Hillary Clinton marches in hometown Memorial Day parade

    Mon, 30 May 2016 18:18:48 GMT

    CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has marched in her hometown Memorial Day parade in a New York City suburb.

  • Libyan forces advance in push on Islamic State strongholds

    Mon, 30 May 2016 18:14:16 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Libyan forces loyal to the U.N.-brokered government advanced on Monday against two key Islamic State strongholds, with several officials saying the troops had taken a town from the extremists.

  • Tusk comes out against too much EU integration

    Mon, 30 May 2016 18:09:30 GMT

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union President Donald Tusk says that those who believe in "instant and total integration" of the EU have missed what many people really want and raised the prospect of having an open and big debate among member states on where the EU should be heading.

  • Israeli ultranationalist sworn in as defense minister

    Mon, 30 May 2016 18:01:55 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman has been sworn in as defense minister after his appointment was confirmed by parliament.

  • White House placed on lockdown after object thrown over gate

    Mon, 30 May 2016 17:50:18 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has been placed on lockdown after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

    Mon, 30 May 2016 17:41:30 GMT

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Memorial Day to fill the silence from those who died serving their country with love and support for families of the fallen, "not just with words but with our actions."

  • EU official: Turkey makes progress in visa-free travel talks

    Mon, 30 May 2016 17:38:23 GMT

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Turkey is making progress on measures that need to be passed before visa-free travel to the European Union can be instituted, a senior EU official said Monday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, is standing by the overall deal with Turkey amid Europe's refugee crisis.

  • Saudi human rights activist sentenced to 8 years in prison

    Mon, 30 May 2016 17:34:51 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a member of an independent human rights organization to eight years in prison in the latest guilty verdict to be issued against the group's members, rights group Amnesty International said.

  • Pueblo shield withdrawn from Paris artifacts auction

    Mon, 30 May 2016 17:26:16 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A French auction house has withdrawn a Pueblo shield from a contested sale of Native American artifacts after protests from the United States.

  • Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

    Mon, 30 May 2016 17:21:22 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years but also makes health care plan changes to save the company money, the company and unions said Monday.

  • STORY REMOVED: BC-EU--Britain-Hawking-Trump

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:56:29 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Stephen Hawking's comments on Donald Trump, which were embargoed for 7:01 p.m. EDT (2301 GMT). Hawking also did not make the comments in the ITV morning show that was broadcast Monday — the comments were taped to be shown at a later date.

  • For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:48:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation's highest military honors.

  • As in US, Trump draws strong reactions in China

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:29:50 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China though, he's only just emerging as a public figure, despite fame elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV shows.

  • Romania charges 77 doctors in bribery case

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:29:28 GMT

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors say they have charged dozens of doctors with taking bribes after a pharmaceutical company paid for vacations for them in India in exchange for promoting anti-cancer medicine to patients.

  • Brazil's transparency chief under pressure to leave over tap

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:22:06 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leaked recordings of conversations of heavyweight politicians are causing yet more headaches for Brazil's acting President Michel Temer. His new anti-corruption chief was under pressure to resign Monday after TV Globo broadcast a recording of him giving legal advice to the head of Brazil's Senate, a man under investigation in a sprawling kickback probe involving the state oil company Petrobras.

  • 2 men sentenced to life terms for bombing Somali airliner

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:14:09 GMT

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A military court in the Somali capital on Monday gave life terms to two men convicted of masterminding the bombing in February of an airliner which made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in the fuselage.

  • AP-NORC Poll: Voters feel disconnected, helpless in 2016

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:12:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election.

  • Uganda to stop security cooperation with North Korea

    Mon, 30 May 2016 16:08:52 GMT

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is cutting military ties with North Korea to comply with U.N. sanctions over North Korea's nuclear program, a Ugandan official said Monday following a meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and South Korea's visiting president.

  • Chad ex-dictator found guilty, sentence to life for abuses

    Mon, 30 May 2016 15:42:07 GMT

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and sex crimes during his time in power, Judge Gberdao Gustave Kam said Monday, ending the trial that began in July 2015.

  • Poland's ruling party leader vague on support for EU's Tusk

    Mon, 30 May 2016 15:28:20 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's ruling party said Monday the government isn't ready to confirm whether it will support a second term for European Council head Donald Tusk.

  • On cutting-edge voter data, Trump critically behind Clinton

    Mon, 30 May 2016 15:24:43 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by months, even years, in using fast-evolving digital campaigning to win over voters, data specialists working with the GOP say.