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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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  • After easy win, Rubio has bigger challenge to keep seat

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:48:38 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations and insistence that he was done with the Senate didn't hurt him with GOP voters. Now it's time to see if the rest of Florida will be as forgiving as he seeks a second term.

  • More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:46:41 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The mileage scandal at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is widening after the Japanese government ordered sales halted on eight more models after finding mileage was falsely inflated.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: All will be touched by choice in November

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:38:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It's the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right?

  • US evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:36:37 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it is evaluating a video released by the Afghan Taliban showing a Canadian man and his American wife warning that their Afghan captors will kill them and their children unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.

  • Thailand embarks on program to ensure citizens speak English

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:34:22 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — With just one hour of English classes per week in primary schools, it is no surprise that most Thais have little to no ability to speak the language. The government wants to change that.

  • Feds to distribute $53 million to states to fight opioids

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:32:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse.

  • Cyprus, Egypt sign deal paving way for gas pipeline

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:27:16 GMT

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and Egypt have signed an agreement paving the way for the supply of Cypriot gas to the Arab nation through an envisioned pipeline.

  • Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:27:10 GMT

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge against their former tormentors, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he didn't actually succeed in killing any Nazis.

  • Trudeau hails new era of China-Canada ties on Beijing visit

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:24:02 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday hailed a new era in relations with China during his first official visit to a key trading partner, saying he aims to boost "stability and regularity" in their ties.

  • Trump heading to Mexico ahead of immigration speech

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:22:13 GMT

    EVERETT, Washington (AP) — Donald Trump will be taking his first foreign trip as the Republican presidential nominee on Wednesday, making a quick visit to Mexico, a nation he derided as the home of rapists and criminals as he launched his campaign.

  • Suu Kyi: Myanmar has unique chance to forge peace

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:20:38 GMT

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has a unique opportunity to end decades of ethnic rebellions in various parts of the country, leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Wednesday as she promised that her government will guarantee rebel groups equal rights and respect in historic peace talks that her government organized.

  • Uzbek PM leads national celebration; president still ill

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:18:16 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's prime minister is leading the nation's Independence Day celebration in the capital of Tashkent amid reports of President Islam Karimov's illness.

  • Philippine court hears petitions against Marcos hero burial

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:13:43 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was a despot and oppressor unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery.

  • Australian prime minister urges public vote on gay marriage

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:12:18 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Wednesday urged his political opponents to allow Australians to endorse gay marriage through a popular vote instead of insisting that the divisive issue be put into lawmakers' hands.

  • Merkel: 'Germany will remain Germany' after migrant influx

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:11:17 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says the influx of migrants won't fundamentally change Germany, a year after she first insisted that "we will manage" the refugee crisis.

  • Duterte ready to discuss Philippine drug killings with Obama

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:59:29 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he is ready to discuss his bloody anti-drugs campaign, which has sparked U.S. concerns as the body count in the crackdown climbs alarmingly, with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of an Asian summit next week.

  • McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:56:05 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth term in November in a race that has been inundated with questions about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

  • Merkel aide: We'll do everything to conclude US trade deal

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:50:51 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff is insisting that Berlin wants to press ahead with concluding a sweeping European Union-U.S. trade deal, underscoring divisions in the country's governing coalition.

  • Japanese Defense Ministry seeks record $51 billion budget

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:42:04 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high 5.17 trillion yen ($51 billion) budget for the 2017 fiscal year to bolster missile defense capability amid an escalating North Korean threat and to better protect disputed islands also claimed by China in the East China Sea.

  • Asian stocks mixed ahead of US jobs data

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:34:42 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed in listless trading Wednesday ahead of key jobs data later this week in the U.S. that could lead to higher interest rates.