The Morning Dispatch: Strikes in Syria and Iraq
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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a transgender bathroom case, leaving in place lower court decisions allowing transgender students to access public restrooms that do not match the sex on their birth certificates. The court also declined to consider both a case regarding whether states can tax out-of-state teleworkers who work for in-state companies, and a case about the tax treatment of legal marijuana dispensaries.
A federal judge on Monday dismissed an antitrust lawsuit brought against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission, arguing it was “legally insufficient” and did not “plausibly establish” that Facebook “has monopoly power in the market for Personal Social Networking Services.” The judge also rejected a second suit brought by 46 state attorneys general, making similar claims. While the judge dismissed the complaints from the states altogether, the FTC now has 30 days to amend their suit and try again.
After nearly eight months of fighting in the country’s Tigray region, the Ethiopian government declared a unilateral cease-fire on Monday. The move came just hours after Tigrayan Defense Forces recaptured control of the regional capital of Mekelle, forcing Ethiopian forces to retreat.