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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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  • First UN expert on gender identity resigns

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:54 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — A spokesman for the U.N.'s Human Rights Council has confirmed that its first independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity has resigned for "personal reasons."

  • The Latest: New York governor to visit Puerto Rico

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:35 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local):

  • Pakistan's ex-ruler Musharraf rejects Bhutto accusations

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:07:51 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is denying that he bears any responsibility for the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in suicide attack in the city of Rawalpindi while campaigning to replace him as president.

  • Trump lashes out at GOP opponents of health care bill

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:06:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at a Republican senator who opposes the last-ditch effort to overturn the Obama-era health care law.

  • Russian sub fires cruises missiles at militants in Syria

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:05:56 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian submarine in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at al-Qaida-linked militant positions in northwestern Syria on Friday, a day after militants wounded three Russian troops in the area, the defense ministry said in Moscow.

  • The Latest: Trump calls North Korea's Kim 'a madman'

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:04:54 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local):

  • In defiance to US, Iran unveils latest missile during parade

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:01:33 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country's president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of U.S. demands to the contrary.

  • Syrian activist, daughter found dead in Turkey

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:55:22 GMT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Syrian activist and her journalist daughter have been killed in their home in Istanbul, Turkish media reports said Friday, the latest victims of attacks targeting Syrian activists in Turkey.

  • German court sends ax attacker to psychiatric hospital

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:53:16 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A German court has sent a man who randomly attacked passengers with an ax at Duesseldorf's main train station in March to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely.

  • Trump charges that Kim is 'obviously a madman' who's endangering the people of North Korea

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:51:28 GMT

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Trump charges that Kim is 'obviously a madman' who's endangering the people of North Korea.

  • Turkey says it won't accept Kurdish independence

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:41:40 GMT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won't refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday.

  • Poland's premier blasts EU before talks with Hungary leader

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:41:09 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister has accused European Union leaders of being politically motivated in criticizing her government's overhaul of the judiciary as being a threat to the rule of law.

  • Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:34:52 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — The lawyer for an alleged Russian hacker said Friday that authorities in Moscow are fighting his extradition from Spain to the U.S., the third time in recent moves that Russia has moved to block U.S. prosecution of suspected cybercriminals.

  • China: Trump bank ban statement 'not consistent' with facts

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:32:13 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that Beijing told its banks to stop dealing with North Korea is "not consistent with the facts," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Friday, but he gave no indication what steps China might be taking.

  • US says it's troubled by Rohingya crisis, Myanmar response

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:30:56 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for Southeast Asia said America remains deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis and allegations of human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled government security operations in recent weeks.

  • Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:28:29 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spain will deploy police reinforcements to the northeastern region of Catalonia to maintain order and take action if a referendum on independence pledged by the Catalan government but deemed illegal by Spain should take place, officials said Friday.

  • Germany expels 2nd Vietnamese diplomat over 'kidnapping'

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:25:40 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government is expelling a second Vietnamese diplomat suspected of involvement in what it called the kidnapping in Berlin of a former Vietnamese oil executive.

  • Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity after Maria

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:16:06 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm's devastation.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:05:27 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:02:52 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.

  • Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:54:14 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump, calling him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and hinting at a frightening new weapon test.