A.M. Links: U.S. Sends Troops to Iraq, Supreme Court Considers Facebook Threats, Alabama Decriminalizes Blow Jobs


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    Annnd we're back: Hundreds of U.S. troops have been sent to Iraq "to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad," President Obama announced late Monday. Secretary of State Secretary of State John Kerry said that drone strikes on militant targets are under consideration. 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court is mulling whether threats made online must actually be serious in order for the threat-maker to go to jail, rather than merely perceived as seriously threatening by a reasonable person.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has decided to tackle the least of our nutritional worries by issuing new salt guidelines for food manufacturers. 
  • Doctors without borders without sense? A group of 129 medical professionals from 31 countries is urging the World Health Organization to more strictly regulate e-cigarettes.
  • The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned part of a state sexual misconduct law under which oral and anal sex were technically banned.
  • A transgender rights group is pressuring South Carolina to allow 16-year-old Chase Culpepper to retake his driver's license photo while wearing makeup. "The Department of Motor Vehicles should not have forced me to remove my makeup simply because my appearance does not meet their expectations of what a boy should look like," Culpepper said. 

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