Trump pitches 37 percent cut to State Department budget

Image result for state department budget slashingThe Trump administration is proposing a 37 percent spending cut for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to multiple reports.

U.S. officials say the suggested decrease would likely require laying off employees, including security contractors at diplomatic facilities overseas, The Associated Press said Tuesday.

The AP said development assistance would likely take the biggest hit, citing officials familiar with the proposal.

The agencies together received $50.1 billion during the current fiscal year, it added, a little more than 1 percent of the total federal budget.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he would oppose drastic cuts to the State Department. 

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is poised to make a recommendation to President Trump on who he should appoint as regulatory czar, Director Mick Mulvaney said on Monday.

"We've got it down to two candidates, and I think we'll be ready to make a recommendation on that area to the president here probably this week," Mulvaney told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt without naming either candidate.

The appointee would run the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, better known as OIRA, and would report directly to Mulvaney.

OIRA polices the federal agencies to make sure they follow President Trump's regulatory agenda. All major rules must be approved by OIRA before they are published.

During the interview, Mulvaney also vowed to "push the limit" with the Congressional Review Act, which Republicans are using to repeal a number of Obama-era rules.

The Congressional Review Act allows lawmakers to overturn recently published regulations with a simple majority. The catch is lawmakers can only reach back 60 legislative days since the rule was published, which in this case, goes back to June 2016.

However, a regulation is not considered published until the federal agency sends a formal report notifying Congress and the Government Accountability Office. In many cases, these reports were never sent.

Regulatory experts are debating whether Republicans can reach back further than last June to the beginning of the Obama administration.

"We are going to try and look at any ways to legally push the limit on how far back we can go," Mulvaney said.

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Pay-Back !!! Pedophile Who Assaulted Nearly 200 Kids Stabbed To Death In Prison

A convicted pedophile who abused almost 200 children was stabbed to death in North Yorkshire, England, on Sunday.

Richard Huckle, 33, from Ashford, Kent, was given 22 life sentences in 2016 after he admitted to sexually abusing 71 kids whose ages ranged from six months to 12 years between 2006 and 2014, according to the BBC.

The report said Huckle was attacked with a makeshift knife while inside his cell at the Full Sutton Prison.

At the pedophile’s trial in 2016, investigators said they found over 20,000 indecent photos and videos of his assaults, which were shared with other pedophiles via a site on the dark web called The Love Zone.

Reports said that prior to his arrest, Huckle posed as an English teacher and Christian volunteer worker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he groomed impoverished children.

In one of his online posts, Huckle reportedly wrote “Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids.”

Reports said he attempted to make money from his crimes by crowdfunding the release of the photos.

“Huckle also created a 60-page ‘how-to’ guide for other pedophiles seeking to evade being caught, and kept a scorecard and points system regarding the children who were abused — leading investigators to speculate he may have as many as 200 victims,” a Fox News report stated.

At his sentencing in 2016, Judge Peter Rook condemned Huckle for his heinous crimes he said had become routine for the pedophile.

Rook commented:

Your offending behavior became entrenched in your everyday life. Your life revolved around your sexual activities with young children. Your distorted beliefs in respect of children are deep-seated. Your self-delusion knows no bounds. It is also clear that, had you not been arrested, you planned to continue the same lifestyle using the expertise that you were keen to show off to and share with other abusers so as to continue your sexual exploitation of the children of such communities.

Reports said prior to his death, Huckle refused to cooperate with authorities when they tried to unlock a cache of encrypted files he had access to that may contain the names of victims and other pedophiles, according to Fox News.

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