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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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  • Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:57:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.

  • Pentagon: Tests confirm no mustard agent in Iraq attack

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:56:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that an Islamic State rocket that hit a military base used by hundreds of U.S. troops in northern Iraq did not contain any sulfur chemical agent, as initially feared.

  • Obama: Veto override 'a mistake' and 'a political vote'

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:55:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress' vote overturning his veto of Sept. 11 legislation was "a mistake" and "basically a political vote."

  • The Latest: Lawmakers pass deal to keep Sikorsky Aircraft

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:52:11 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the Connecticut General Assembly approving a $220 million agreement that will keep Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in the state. (all times local):

  • Pentagon: US airstrike kills 9 militants in Somalia

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:50:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike targeted and killed nine al-Shabab militants in Somalia on Wednesday.

  • Yellen says economy likely ready for rate hike later in 2016

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:47:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no "fixed timetable" for raising interest rates but she believes the economy is ready for a rate hike by the end of the year.

  • 5.5 magnitude quake hits west Nicaragua, killing at least 1

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:46:48 GMT

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit western Nicaragua near the capital Wednesday, causing at least one death, injuring five people and destroying some homes, authorities said.

  • FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:44:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday as he again defended the agency's actions.

  • Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:42:38 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions.

  • The Latest: Trump counts Christian conservatives in IA crowd

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:36:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

  • Court: Law banning people's ballot photos unconstitutional

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:36:04 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state law that prohibits voters from posting photos of their ballots online suppresses a large swath of political speech and is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

  • Clinton and Sanders sell young voters eying third-parties

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:35:23 GMT

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Appealing to elusive young voters, Hillary Clinton turned to former primary adversary Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to connect with millennials drawn to third-party candidates threatening to act as spoilers in the 2016 campaign.

  • FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:35:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed.

  • Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:34:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea.

  • Minnesota police shooting probe goes to prosecutors

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:34:39 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota investigators looking into the July shooting of a black man by a suburban St. Paul police officer announced Wednesday that they've turned their findings over to a county prosecutor who will review the case for possible charges.

  • UN says EU may ratify Paris Agreement soon

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:31:44 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Paris Agreement on Climate Change appears likely to enter into force with India announcing that it has ratified the agreement and the EU signaling it may ratify within the next few days, officials said Wednesday.

  • Feds change signage on trailhead named after black cowboy

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:28:14 GMT

    MOAB, Utah (AP) — Though local officials decided not to change the name of eastern Utah's Negro Bill Canyon, federal land managers have decided to mark the trail by less controversial name.

  • Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:26:45 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gave patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka.

  • OPEC reaches preliminary accord to curb oil production

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:24:49 GMT

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, pushing up prices that had sunk over the past two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations.

  • The Latest: Police shot man 1 minute after arrival at scene

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:24:26 GMT

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a black man by police in a San Diego suburb (all times local):

  • Correction: Food Truck Voting-Idaho story

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:23:58 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a story Sept. 27 about food-truck inspired voting stations in Boise, Idaho, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of stations that were commissioned. It was one, not four.