Mega Good News, Part III: Benghazi, Rouhani, Equality – Oh My!

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“Oh look, it’s time to pay another high-dollar, low-impact fine!”

Welcome to Part III of the Good News Trilogy – everything that wasn’t in Part I: Entertainment News or Part II: Catholicism, WOW!

From the “I’ll take what I can get and call it good news” department, JP Morgan has been fined $920 million by various authorities for the “London Whale” trades. It’s something, but it’s not much: the original incident cost them a combined $57 billion in losses. Then again this was not remotely the biggest of JP Morgan’s crimes, but at least this time they’re not profiting from awfulness.

Yet another investigation into last year’s attack on the Benghazi consulate (or outpost, or whatever), which claimed the lives of four Americans including an ambassador, has conclusively dismantled one of the “Benghazi was a scandal” talking points. This time it’s the myth that military personnel were told to “stand down” during the attack. [omg are you implying that GOP loonies were just making things up to score political hits? I can hardly believe that… …next you’re going to tell me that rain is made out of water.]

Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, has made some comments indicating he might be willing to negotiate with President Obama to resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. If President Obama manages to handle Syrian chemical weapons and Iranian nukes without starting any wars, he will have earned that Nobel Peace Prize.

The Labor Department has now said that married gay couples, regardless of the state they live in, are entitled to equal employment benefits. Queerty has the story as well, including this helpful reminder that there is plenty more to do:

There are still some changes that the Labor Department can make to ensure greater equality. Chief among them: rewriting the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows employees to take time off from work to deal with family emergencies.

Hopefully I’ll get to post a link to a story about that happening soon, too!

30 years after he courageously outed himself at a public hearing to support the city’s gay rights bill, a group of NYPD officers are seeking to honor Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane by naming a street after him. Click the link, the story is worth your time.

Speaking of the NYPD and civil rights, a US District judge has rejected a request by the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg to halt the halt of Stop & Frisk. In other words, the original ruling stands and the NYPD must implement reforms before continuing the program.

Enjoy your night and have eventful dreams! I’ll do my best to get back into the morning news routine tomorrow…

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