Authorities arrested more than 100 people in a massive child sex trafficking sting in central Ohio, according to WBNS-TV.
Twenty-four male suspects, ranging in age from 20 to 59, were accused of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning. Authorities arrested 43 women for selling sex, 36 men for trying to buy sex, and one man for promoting prostitution, the station reported.
An emergency room doctor and a church youth director were among those suspects arrested in the three-county Ohio sting.
The 24 male suspects reportedly had intentions to meet a child for sex, WBNS-TV reported.
Maj. Steven Tucker with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said, "We make sure there is no mistake about that."
Tucker, who oversaw the sting, said the encounters would begin with online chats between men and those whom the suspects believed were children. The children in this case were actually law enforcement officers posing as underage boys and girls.
"The reality that they were operating in is that there absolutely was a child at the other end of that device, and that's who they were coming to see," Tucker said, and pointed out that all 24 male suspects made strides to physically meet their would-be victims.
"They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication," he revealed. "They show up with things that clearly somebody isn't going to show up to a house with, unless they intended to engage in sexual activity."
According to WBNS, the investigation was "focused not just on internet predators, but human traffickers and the men who feed the sex trade with their dollars."
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said that there are real dangers on the internet for children.
"Criminals involved in trafficking other human beings prey upon those individuals that are already at risk, subjecting them to prostitution and addiction," Yost said. "Predators who seek to harm our children and grandchildren are not hiding in the bushes, they're lurking on the internet."
Tucker warned parents to reach out to their children to discuss their online behaviors.
"Please talk to your children," Tucker warned. "Please know what they're doing online. Set the rules. Be the parent. Be the parent. Know who they're talking to. You're entitled to ask. You're entitled to know. The children need to know, you can't trust everybody. Not every adult is trustworthy."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his bid for the presidency.
"It's true: I'm ending my candidacy for president," de Blasio wrote in a tweet Friday morning. "But our fight on behalf of working people is far from over."
Lauren Boebert is decidedly pro-gun.
So, with her Glock handgun holstered at her side, the Post noted, Boebert didn't waste her chance on the mic to speak to O'Rourke: "I am here to say: Hell no, you're not," she told him.
Veteran activists confronted Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for supporting President Donald Trump.
Common Defense, a national grassroots activist group comprised of veterans and military families, posted video of the encounter on Twitter, insisting that Crenshaw "hid in an elevator" when the vets confronted him in the halls of the Cannon House Office Building.
In the video, two men identified as U.S. Army veterans Jason Hurd, 40, and Alan Pitts, 36, approached Crenshaw and berated him.
"How can you let a criminal like Donald Trump run roughshod over our democracy and shred everything that you and I fought for?" Hurd can be heard asking Crenshaw. "How can you just sit there idly by and not do your duty?"
"You cannot be complicit in this man's crimes. It is immoral," Hurd, becoming increasingly frantic, went on. "How are you going to let him just cozy up to dictators? How are you just going to let him lock kids up in cages?"
Crenshaw maintained his composure and patiently told Hurd to "calm down." He approached a members-only elevator and got in. Immediately, Hurd began to complain about Crenshaw not sharing the elevator with "a fellow veteran." Crenshaw pointed out that the elevator is a members-only elevator.
"You got to make your video. You didn't come here to have a conversation," Crenshaw said, gesturing for Hurd to leave the elevator. "As veterans we should be smarter about how we talk about things."
According to the video, Crenshaw clearly did not hide in the elevator, but simply rode it from one floor to another.
The two vets also spoke with Newsweek about the encounter, blasting Crenshaw for his "self-serving political ambitions."
"Congressman Dan Crenshaw seems to have a lot of time to go after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, so we expected him to have a few minutes to talk to some fellow combat vets," Pitts told Newsweek on Thursday evening after the videoed encounter went viral. "We've got no place in our veteran community for someone like Crenshaw, who puts his self-serving political ambitions above the oath all of us swore."
Hurd added, "I wanted to make the case to this politician that Trump has trampled on the Constitution we both swore to protect for long enough. I wish Dan Crenshaw would have taken the time to respectfully hear me out."
Federal prosecutors have charged a New Jersey man with taking photos of U.S. landmarks for Hezbollah in order to help them carry out an attack on U.S. soil.
Alexei Saab from Morristown, New Jersey, reportedly joined Hezbollah in Lebanon in 1996. Prosecutors said that during this time his job was to inform Hezbollah about "the movements of Israeli and Southern Lebanese Army soldiers in Yaroun, Lebanon."
In 2000, he entered the U.S. through legal means. After applying in 2005, he became a naturalized citizen in 2008.
But even while Saab was becoming a U.S. citizen, he allegedly never lost touch with Hezbollah. In fact, according to the federal charges, he went back to Lebanon to train some more. He also began casing U.S. landmarks as possible targets for attack.
In a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers explained:
According to the allegations, while living in the United States, Saab served as an operative of Hizballah and conducted surveillance of possible target locations in order to help the foreign terrorist organization prepare for potential future attacks against the United States. Such covert activities conducted on U.S. soil are a clear threat to our national security and I applaud the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this investigation and prosecution.
These locations included "the United Nations headquarters, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and local airports, tunnels, and bridges" in New York City. He also "conducted similar intelligence gathering in a variety of large American cities, including Washington D.C."
Prosecutors said Saab especially focused on "focused on the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled in order to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction."
If convicted, Saab, 42, could by sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for charges including "providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization," "conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization," and "receiving military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization."
While most of the charges carry penalties of five or 10 years, one, "unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization to facilitate an act of international terrorism," has a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
One of the greatest comforts any Christian has is that God will not be mocked.
The trick to believing that, though, is one must have eyes to see and ears to hear beyond the chaos and noise of the daily cesspool. For isn't it the most brutal and bloody mockery of God to year after year watch as countless babies are slaughtered at the altar of personal convenience and fake rights?
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is being excoriated by LGBTQ allies over a report that he made "transphobic" comments to his staff.
Carson reportedly said that "big, hairy men" were attempting to gain entrance to homeless shelters for women, according to the Washington Post.
The report came from three people at the meeting at the agency's office in San Francisco who spoke to the Post and said they believed he was referring to men who had transitioned to transgender women.
Two others also said Carson lamented that society did not differentiate between genders anymore.
They claimed that the comments offended many and that one woman left the meeting in protest.
A senior HUD official denied the report in a statement to the Post.
"The Secretary does not use derogatory language to refer to transgendered individuals. Any reporting to the contrary is false," the statement read.
The HUD official also said that Carson was not referring to transgender women, but to men pretending to be women.
Presidential candidate Julian Castro excoriated Carson over the report, and said it was comments like his that led to transgender persons being murdered.
"19 Black trans women have been killed this year because comments like Ben Carson's normalize violence against them," Castro tweeted.
"As HUD Secretary, I protected trans people, I didn't denigrate them," he concluded.
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The University of Chicago Medical Center has been moving patients out of its facility this week — including infants and children requiring intensive care — in anticipation of the hospital's unionized nurses' strike planned on Friday.
According to the Chicago Tribune, patients from the hospital's neonatal and pediatric intensive care units have been transferred to other hospitals as UCMC continues to negotiate with the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of the National Nurses United union.
"Because of the Union's actions, UCMC has moved thoughtfully and quickly to adjust our operations and lower our census," said a memo from university and hospital leadership. "The safety and care of our patients will always remain our No. 1 priority."
The nurses say they are being stretched too thin; forced to work overtime even following 12-hours shifts, and overwhelmed by high nurse-to-patient ratios. Frustrated health care professionals also told WBBM-TV the hospital needs better security, saying nurses have been physically and verbally attacked by patients and visitors while on the job.
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In a news release issued by the union, UCMC operating room nurse Marjorie Feria further explained, "We are dealing with some of the smallest, most injured and vulnerable patients, and it is critical that we have nurses who are experts in pediatrics care for these children. But UCMC is not hiring enough nurses, and instead leaning on operating room nurses who do not have the expertise operating on children and burning out the nurses who do. That is simply not fair to these young patients who are often fighting for their lives."
The Chicago walkout is part of a broader, multistate strike led by the NNU. More than 6,500 nurses are expected to participate in the one-day strike on Friday, from hospitals in California, Arizona, Florida, and Illinois.
Business Insider reported that "most nurses who will be participating in the strike are employed with Tenet Healthcare, a multinational health-services company that operates 65 hospitals and 500 other healthcare facilities."
Amazon announced Wednesday that its voice-controlled assistant, known as Alexa, will soon allow customers to make campaign contributions for 2020 presidential candidates.
In a blog post, the company said all "2020 U.S. Presidential Candidates can sign up to receive campaign contributions via Alexa," and "starting next month, customers will be able to simply say, 'Alexa, donate to [candidate name]' to contribute up to $200 to any participating candidate's campaign fundraising efforts." There is a $5 minimum for donations.
CNN reported that customers may also donate to a participating campaign by saying, "Alexa, I want to make a political contribution."
The new donation service is part of a series of election-focused features Alexa is set to offer over the next year. Amazon explained it collaborates "with nonpartisan organizations to provide customers with information on polls, ballots, results and more. Alexa herself does not have opinions on politics or candidates."
The news release added, "When it comes to news, Alexa is a conduit, not a news creator."
For the presidential campaigns that sign up to accept donations through Alexa (via Amazon Pay), Amazon will take a cut of the pie. A company spokesperson told The Washington Post (owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos) that the firm "will charge campaigns a processing fee of 2.9 percent plus 30 cents per donation" made via the service.
Fox News reported that Amazon has laid out some restrictions for users to make political contributions through Alexa, saying donors must be at least 18 years old, and a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident.
Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang said that if he were elected he would regulate beef to make it so expensive that Americans change their eating habits.
The plan came as the entrepreneur answered a question about how to combat global warming at MSNBC's town hall event.
"Cattle is very energy-consuming and energy-expensive," Yang said.
"And if you project forward on what we would need to do to reduce emissions, you would want to modify Americans' diets over time," he explained.
Yang told the audience not to hate cattle for their emissions that worsened global warming.
"I do think it's difficult to regulate diets. So what you would want to do again is you'd want those cattle producers to have to internalize the cost of emissions," Yang continued.
"So then, what that would naturally do, and some people are going to hate this, but it would probably make those products more expensive," he concluded. "And that is appropriate, because there is a cost to producing food in that way. And so if you were to make it more expensive, then you would end up changing consumption patterns."
The plan follows in the vein of that from the Green New Deal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), which bizarrely plotted to eliminate "farting cows" in a FAQ document ridiculed brutally by her critics. The document was eventually deleted from her official website.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say one Colorado Springs woman should be thanking her lucky stars, after she loaded an injured bobcat into her vehicle and left it unrestrained next to her child.
CPW took to Twitter with a picture of the predator, saying, "See this bobcat? Notice its large teeth? Imagine the claws within its big paws. A #ColoradoSprings woman picked up this injured wild cat and put it in her car where her child was seated! NEVER PICK UP WILD ANIMALS. She was lucky."
The Gazette reported that "the bobcat was mortally wounded at the time and, luckily for the child, too injured to react to being put in the car." The age of the child has not been released, but officials said the situation "could have been tragic."
The cat was frisky enough to hiss, growl and attempt to use its claws when approached by a state official, according to WYFF-TV. The bobcat was euthanized because its rear legs were paralyzed.
"Somebody says they heard something as an intel official that troubled them enough to lodge a formal complaint to the IG," asked Cuomo on Wednesday night, "how unusual?"
"Boy, I'm about ready to blow a gasket!" responded Mudd angrily.
"Can you explain, that is extremely unusual, and I listened to presidential phone calls when I was an official at the White House under George W. Bush in 2001," he continued.
"Can you explain to me, A, why it's the intelligence community's responsibility to listen to the president of the United States speaking to a foreign leader?" he asked.
"And B, why did the U.S. intelligence community under the rules provided by the Democrats in Congress are responsible to report to the Congress what the president of the United States says? Last I checked, Chris, when I served, we're responsible for chasing the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, and terrorists. We're not responsible for reporting to the Congress what the president says," Mudd explained.
"He can say what he wants, Chris!" he exclaimed.
"So you don't like that somebody snitched on the president?" Cuomo said, surprised.
"Correct!" answered Mudd.
The former CIA and FBI official explained patiently to Cuomo that it was well within the right of the president to speak to foreign leaders without spying from the intelligence community at the direction of the Congress.
"The president can say what he wants, it's not the responsibility of the intel guys to go police the president and go snitch on him to the Congress!" Mudd added.
"Ridiculous!" he exclaimed.
Mudd absolutely shut down Cuomo's third attempt to justify the use of U.S. intelligence personnel to snitch on the president, and his fourth attempt citing former President Obama.
"I am ticked off! This is completely inappropriate!" exclaimed Mudd. "And the Congress should not be asking the intel guys to snitch on the president! NO!"
Mudd went on to say that the remedy for someone in the government to object to the president's actions is to quit their position in protest.
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Just days after three controversial Women's March leaders were replaced following a litany of anti-Semitic scandals, one of the new board members revealed she was voted out over what she called "an Islamophobic smear campaign."
On Monday, The Washington Post reported that inaugural co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour had stepped down from their positions at the organization, noting that the trio had "been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism, infighting and financial mismanagement."
Conservative news outlets were quick to point out that many in the 17-member board replacing the former leaders were no better, and exposed an array of anti-Semitic tweets and messages expressing support for black nationalist Louis Farrakhan.
One of the new board members was Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The Washington Examiner reported that Billoo's Twitter feed was "filled with anti-Zionist tweets, which the Anti-Defamation League has deemed 'anti-Semitic.'"
Billoo previously declared on social media that "Israel is a terrorist state," "Israel is an apartheid, racist state, which engages in terrorism against Palestinians," and just this year wrote that she is "a proud anti-Zionist."
On Wednesday, Billoo revealed that she had been voted off the board of the Women's March, following "an Islamophobic smear campaign." She went on to slam the organization for letting her go, saying "it has effectively said, we will work on some women's rights at the expense of others."
The Women's March confirmed the news on Thursday, tweeting, "Zahra Billoo has been removed from board membership effective immediately. We found some of her public statements incompatible with the values and mission of the organization. Women's March will continue to build an inclusive and effective movement that holds space for all women."
The Washington Examiner also revealed Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt's applause over Billoo's removal. Greenblatt tweeted, "We welcome the decision by the Women's March to remove Zahra Billoo from its board. Billoo's hateful views have no place in any organization, much less one with an admirable and inclusive mission such as the Women's March."
On Thursday, the U.S. Federal Reserve pumped $75 billion into the financial system through overnight repurchase, or "repo" agreements, marking the third time it intervened in U.S. money markets in as many days. The last time the Federal Reserve flushed the banking sector with this much cash was the financial crisis of 2008.
On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck broke down the details of this week's significant market developments and issued a warning reminiscent of his cautionary predictions of the 2008 financial crisis.
"If the hairs aren't standing up on the back of your neck yet, they should be," Glenn said. "The Fed stepping into the market to give more cash, unannounced, three days in a row, screams something is very wrong. There is a massive lack of cash at hand. We're also already in a very loose and cheap money environment with really super low interest rates and trillions in cash that has just been printed and injected in the market by the way of quantitative easing. The fact that the banks need $75 billion of extra cash every day, day after day, is a sign that something is dramatically wrong."
Glenn encouraged listeners to heed his warning and batten down the fiscal hatches.
"The last time the banks were doing this to shore up their balance on the sheets was in 2008. It was a warning sign then, that we talked about, and very few people recognized it at the time," he said. "I'm warning you again, please recognize this warning signal this time around."
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A federal judge knocked down a new Californian law requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on primary ballots, which was clearly targeting President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. issued the temporary injunction Thursday and said he would put out a final order soon, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The law was seen as a swipe against Trump, who has resisted releasing his tax returns. His critics have accused him of covering up damaging information, but he is not required by law to release them, only by convention.
The law was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.
Judge England said that the law would cause "irreparable harm without temporary relief" for candidates, including Trump.
The ruling is expected to be challenged by Californian officials.
The president sued in August against the law, and his lawyers argued that it violated his right to privacy.
The judge also said he wanted to avoid creating a "hodgepodge of laws around the country," as different states enact their own election rules.
England was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
California's liberal lawmakers have emerged as some of the more vehement opponents of the president. On Wednesday, Gov. Newsom angrily denounced the president over his decision to end their waivers on federal automobile emission standards.
"This was a move, demonstrable move to assert power and dominance aggressively against the state," he said to reporters.
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