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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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  • Polish election exit polls to be delayed due to voter death

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:56:08 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials say that exit polls in Sunday's presidential race are being delayed by 90 minutes and won't be announced until 10:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT, 4:30 p.m. EDT).

  • Exit polls: New Spain parties get big support in local vote

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:52:49 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Exit polls in Spain's local elections indicate that new parties have won strong support as voters turn their back on the country's traditional political heavyweights.

  • Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:51:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East.

  • Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:50:47 GMT

    DUBLIN (AP) — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

  • Hezbollah vows to expand involvement in Syria's civil war

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:34:12 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing "unprecedented danger" from extremist groups and vowed his militants will expand their involvement in Syria's civil war in support of government forces.

  • Defense chief: After Ramadi, Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:21:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East.

  • Nigerian cellphone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:16:47 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer.

  • Snohomish County Courthouse evacuated; armed man reported

    Sun, 24 May 2015 18:04:09 GMT

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state courthouse has been evacuated after sheriff's office employees reported seeing a man armed with a knife and a crowbar.

  • Ethiopians vote, ruling party expected to keep grip on power

    Sun, 24 May 2015 17:26:54 GMT

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians voted Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power.

  • Ex-Pakistani PM: Son's kidnappers want militants released

    Sun, 24 May 2015 17:24:53 GMT

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The captors of a former Pakistani prime minister's son demanded the release of several al-Qaida prisoners in exchange for his release, the former premier said Sunday.

  • Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff

    Sun, 24 May 2015 17:03:37 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles voted Sunday in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski and an even more conservative challenger.

  • Gays wake up to changed Ireland, let 'new normal' sink in

    Sun, 24 May 2015 16:30:28 GMT

    DUBLIN (AP) — The gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

  • Journalism students aim to dispel myths about veterans

    Sun, 24 May 2015 16:26:36 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Wishing living U.S. military veterans a "Happy Memorial Day" might be well-intentioned but misses the mark on an occasion meant for remembering those who lost their lives.

  • A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia

    Sun, 24 May 2015 16:11:10 GMT

    Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches.

  • Politics in paradise: Alabama governor mansion in disrepair

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:54:35 GMT

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — With boarded-up windows, peeling paint and a rooftop tarp that flaps in the ocean breeze, the beachfront retreat at the end of Gulf Way Drive is a $1 million eyesore in paradise.

  • Carter says Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:46:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged, a harsh assessment that raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East.

  • The Latest in Cleveland: Ohio governor praises protests

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:35:27 GMT

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  • Syrian helicopter crashes; activists say downed by militants

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:28:50 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian military helicopter crashed Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all of its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.

  • Nigerian cell phone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:21:15 GMT

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cell phone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer.

  • Dutch prime minister thanks American liberators

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:15:33 GMT

    MARGRATEN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute Sunday at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II, while NATO's supreme commander said the fight to defend freedom continues to this day.

  • Official: Syrian army preparing for counterattack on IS

    Sun, 24 May 2015 15:14:40 GMT

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said.