The House has approved two amendments to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill

The House has approved two amendments to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would defund Pres. Obama's executive amnesties. The Aderholt amendment, which would block funding for Obama's November 2014 executive actions and for most of the 2012 Morton Memos, passed by a 237-to-190 margin. The Blackburn amendment, which would block funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, passed by a 218-to-209 margin.

The House is expected to pass the full DHS spending bill later today.

The vote for the Aderholt/Mulvaney/Barletta amendment broke across party lines with all but 7 Republicans voting yes and all Democrats voting no. The seven Republicans to vote no, included Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Renee Elmers (R-N.C.), Carlos Curbello (R-Fla.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.), and David Valadao (R-Calif.).

The vote for the Blackburn amendment also broke across party lines, but 19 Republicans joined the 7 who also voted against the Aderholt amendment. The 19 Republicans included, Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Charles Dent (R-Pa.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), David Reichert (R-Wash.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

The two amendments combined would:

Defund implementation of all Obama and DHS November 2014 memoranda
Defund the processing of applications and renewals of Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
Defund 4 of the 5 Morton Memos that deal with prosecutorial discretion and detail who ICE agents can and can't deport
Prohibit federal benefits from being given to any illegal alien covered by the November memoranda

UPDATE: The House has also passed the full DHS spending bill by a 236-to-191 margin. Several Republicans voted against final passage because of the inclusion of the Aderholt and Blackburn amendments, including Reps. Curbello, Ellmers, Denham, Ros-Lehtinen, Valadao, Coffman, Dold, and Diaz-Balart. Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) broke with the Democrats to vote in favor of the bill.

"Now the action moves to the Senate," Sen. Jeff Sessions said in a press statement after the vote. "This vote represents one of the most important constitutional votes that has ever come before this body. I would encourage every Senate Democrat to pause and consider this question before acting: to whom do you owe your allegiance? To party leaders, to donors, to the citizens of other countries, or to the American citizens who elected you and the Constitution that protects their rights?"

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Goodbye 2020: Clinton Ordered By Federal Judge To Submit To Questioning

(TeaParty.org) – Just when Hillary Clinton began hinting that she’s ready to run again in 2020, she has been ordered by a federal judge to submit to questioning about the use of her private email server to convey classified documents during her time as Secretary of State.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan made the order as part of a lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

“Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key q’s about the setting up of her email system,” wrote Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a tweet following the ruling.

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BREAKING: Judicial Watch announced today that, following JW's court battle, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer – under oath – two additional questions on her controversial email system within 30 days.

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 (Washington, DC) –Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that within 30 days Hillary Clinton must answer under oath two additional questions about her...

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Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions -- including key q's about the setting up of her email system. Court denied our request to unseal vid depositions of Clinton aides. Great work by Michael Bekesha!

As a statement from Judicial Watch explains, the ruling is the latest development in the group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, which they began to discover why former deputy chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton, Huma Abedin, was allowed to work at the State Department while also engaged in “outside employment.”

Clinton now has 30 days to answer two key questions from a list of 25 questions composed by Judicial Watch.

The questions the judge selected are:

1) “Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.”

During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.

This new development is huge because it means that the two critical scandals from Clinton’s time in the State Department, her private email server and the Benghazi attacks, are facing fresh scrutiny in both the legal system and the court of public opinion.

And while Clinton likely had little chance of any run in 2020, this makes it even less likely she will stand even a shred of a chance.

We’ve have got to hope and pray that at long last, this leads to the long overdue criminal charges we’ve all been waiting to see.

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