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104 Arrested in Undercover Florida Trafficking Operation

An undercover sting operation  from Tampa Florida dubbed ‘ Operation Trade Secrets II’ announced it has arrested over 100 people involved in human trafficking. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said on Nov 18, that of the 104 arrested 75 were purchasing sex and 28 were women engaged in the sex trade.  Sheriff Chad Chronister had this to say, “ Like any business, the human trafficking industry boils down to supply and demand.  I strongly believe that in order to eradicate human trafficking we must continue to focus on reducing the demand.”  He went on to say, “ People who profit from trafficking women and children, along with those who pay to engage in this awful trade, must be held accountable.”

A previous sting operation was conducted between January to June of 2019, it was “ Operation Trade Secrets I” which ended with 85 arrests.  The problem of child sex trafficking is huge. Laura Ahearn, an attorney who has represented sexual abuse victims for 20 years stated, “ The sheer magnitude of the problem of child exploitation is unimaginable but when law enforcement is provided the resources they need, they can save thousands of children.”

 

Confirmation of latest Trump Judicial pick tilts the balance of 11th Circuit Court 

The Senate has confirmed another of President Trump’s picks to a federal circuit court seat.  This will now tip the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to a GOP appointed majority. This is the third court to undergo this transformation under Trump’s Presidency.  The Senate confirmed Barbara Lagoa in a vote of 80-15 on Wednesday.  The seat was formerly held by Judge Stanley Marcus, a Clinton appointee who has held the seat since 1997.  Lagoa is the first Cuban-American woman to be confirmed to the 11th Circuit Court.  Trump’s nominees now hold five of the 12 seats on the 11th Circuit.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech at the annual Convention for the Federalist Society, “ The reason we’ve done all these circuit judges,, is because there are not many things that we do that cannot be undone by the next election. But there’s not much you can do about a young strict constructionist who’s committed for a lifetime to the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to follow the law. ” He continued, “ My motto for the rest of the year is ‘ leave no vacancy behind’.”

 

POLL; SUPPORT FOR IMPEACHMENT SLIPS IN WISCONSIN PRESIDENT TRUMP SURGES AHEAD OF 4 TOP DEMOCRATS 

According to a recent survey, only 40% of registered voters in Wisconsin believe that President Trump should be impeached.  The percentage dropped from 44% from last month with a similar survey.  For the first time, President Trump is taking the lead ahead of 4 top Democrat candidates., according to Wednesday’s poll conducted by Marquette University Law School.  In head-to-head match-ups, the President now leads Joe Biden by 47% to 44% which turns the tables from August’s survey that showed Biden leading Trump by 51% to 42%.

As for other top Democrat candidates, Trump led Sen.Bernie Sanders 48% to 45%, Warren 48% to 43%, and Pete Buttigieg by 47% to 39%.  The survey also revealed that 52% of respondents believe President Trump did ask Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate his political rival.  The poll was conducted using answers from 801 registered Wisconsin voters from Nov 13 to 17.

 

Burisma Founder Suspected of Embezzling Ukrainian Stat Funds, Whereabouts Currently Unknown. 

In a recent turn of events, a top prosecutor from Ukraine announced on Wednesday that Ukraine is now expanding its probe into the founder of the Burisma Company, whose present whereabouts are currently unknown to authorities.  The founder is suspected to have embezzled state funds.  The Burisma founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, is suspected of “ theft of government funds on an especially large scale.” Says Prosecution General Ruslan Ryaboshapka.  In a document released at a separate news conference, Zlochevsky is suspected of using his position as Ukraine’s Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources to embezzle the equivalent of $ 33 million, according to a Reuter report.

The announcement of Ukraine’s investigation into Zlochevsky comes amid an impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military assistance to the country in exchange for an investigation into Burisma and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son who served on the natural gas company’s board from 2014- 2019.

 

Today’s quote is from George Washington’s ‘Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior’,

Rule 22, “ Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy.”