Are You a Legal Professional?

Political News

“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.

Top Headlines

  • Yemen's exiled government declares 3 disaster zones

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:12:43 GMT

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's exiled government on Monday declared three areas in the country engulfed in fighting between Shiite rebels, their allies and pro-government forces as "disaster" zones, including the southern port city of Aden, and said that the month of violence has claimed 1,000 civilian lives.

  • Kerry, Zarif set for nuke talks in NY as Senate weighs move

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:11:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies.

  • Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:08:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, becoming the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official.

  • Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:08:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is struggling over when jail officials should be held accountable for using excessive force against inmates who are accused — but not yet convicted — of crimes.

  • Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:07:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray.

  • Sudan's al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:06:19 GMT

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, according to official results announced Monday, extending his 25-year rule despite international war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies.

  • The Latest on Nepal Quake: Aid arriving, basics still needed

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:50:46 GMT

    9:15 p.m. (1530 GMT, 11:30 a.m. EDT)

  • Compromise GOP budget hikes war funds, targets 'Obamacare'

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:48:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP negotiators are sealing agreement on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans to more easily target the Affordable Care Act while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon.

  • Turkey rebukes newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:47:44 GMT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday rebuked the newly elected leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state for suggesting that Turkey should deal with northern Cyprus as an equal.

  • Ex-president OK'd CIA site, denies knowing what it was for

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:44:52 GMT

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former Romanian president has acknowledged approving the CIA's request for a site in Romania, but said he would have refused had he known how it would be used.

  • US Green Berets join in Nepal earthquake relief

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:39:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says two teams of U.S. Army Green Beret soldiers happened to be in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck Saturday and are staying to help with search and relief efforts.

  • Japan's prime minister focuses on economy and women's issues

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:39:22 GMT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration is trying to improve the status of women in his country as it also seeks to protect women's rights on the international stage.

  • Ukraine leader sees country ready for EU entrance in 5 years

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:39:03 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said at a high-level summit with European Union officials Monday that his country will be able to meet conditions to apply for EU membership within five years.

  • Tulsa County undersheriff resigns after memo, fatal shooting

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:39:01 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County Sheriff's Office senior official has resigned following a memo indicating the agency gave special treatment to a volunteer deputy who later fatally shot a restrained man, and that the official repeatedly rebuffed criticism of that reservist.

  • Change to Greek bailout negotiating team fuels market hopes

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:37:49 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece reshuffled its bailout negotiating team on Monday following fierce criticism of its finance minister, meeting with market applause as investors hoped it will facilitate a deal to save the country from bankruptcy.

  • With economy uncertain, no Fed rate hike is seen before fall

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:33:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For 6½ years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero, and for nearly that long the financial world has speculated about when the Fed will start raising it.

  • American Civil War commemorated way down south of Dixie

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:30:30 GMT

    SANTA BARBARA D'OESTE, Brazil (AP) — It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps.

  • Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:27:22 GMT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has ordered a government agency that regulates non-governmental organizations to recognize and register a human rights group seeking to protect the rights of gay people in the country.

  • The Latest on Nepal Quake: Aid arriving as deaths top 4,000

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:23:50 GMT

    9 p.m. (1515 GMT, 11:15 a.m. EDT)

  • Global effort to help Nepal earthquake victims intensifies

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:20:51 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified Monday as aid flights arrived bearing emergency medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment, and tarps for shelter.

  • Report: Journalists face deadliest time 'in recent history'

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:05:56 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Extremist groups and the governments that restrict liberties to combat those militants have created "the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history," according to a new report released Monday.