Jealous husband stabs wife in the face for trying to divorce him

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A Moroccan man whose wife tried to seek a divorce, took some extreme measures to ensure that she does not get her way, by stabbing her in the face with a kitchen knife.

The 18-year-old woman, Amima Almoos, had to be stitched in 21 places after the attack in their home when she announced to her husband that she was going to divorce him.

Emirate247 reports that the woman who is from Rabat, the capital of the country, told Morocco's Menara News Network that her husband is so jealous and would not let her go.

She also said he has been sending her love messages to placate her after the horrific attack.

"He is now trying to sell me love words to please me so I will drop the case against him…but I will not and I will go ahead with the divorce case."

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DOJ Finds Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate

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FERGUSON, Mo. — A forthcoming Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department has found that city officials engage in practices that discriminate against black residents and routinely violate the Constitution and federal law, according to officials familiar with the results of the investigation.

The formal report, expected to be released Wednesday, largely blames the Missouri city for breeding mistrust of the police through its policies. The report is particularly critical of ticketing practices in Ferguson, which like many other municipalities in St. Louis County, relies heavily on its local court system to generate revenue for the city.

African-Americans were overwhelmingly those charged with certain petty offenses that particularly depend on officers' judgment, according to the forthcoming report. Between 2011 and 2013, African-Americans made up 95 percent of those charged in Ferguson with improper “manner of walking in roadway,” 94 percent of those charged with “failure to comply,” and 92 percent of those charged with disturbance of the peace. Black residents account for just 67 percent of the city's population.

A Ferguson official told The Huffington Post that city and Justice Department officials met at a federal building in downtown St. Louis to discuss the results of the investigation on Tuesday. The so-called “pattern or practice” investigation of the Ferguson police had been announced by the Justice Department in September, just weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The federal investigation was based on reviews of thousands of pages of records, on-site visits and interviews with members of the community. It found that police in Ferguson routinely made arrests without probable cause and that blacks were more than twice as likely as whites to be searched during vehicle stops but less likely to be found in possession of contraband. It found that 88 percent of documented use-of-force incidents were against African-Americans, including all 14 documented police dog bites from 2012 to 2014.

The investigation also found evidence of racial bias among police officers and municipal court officials. One message circulated on an official Ferguson email system in November 2008 said that President Barack Obama wouldn't be president long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

Ferguson officials declined to formally respond to the findings of the report until it is released.

Mariah Stewart reported from Ferguson; Ryan J. Reilly reported from Washington, D.C.

This story has been updated with further information about the investigation's findings.

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Netanyahu denounces Obama push for Iran nuclear deal

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced President Barack Obama’s drive for a nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, warning Washington is paving Tehran’s path to a bomb.

After Netanyahu delivered an impassioned address to the US Congress, an exasperated Obama retorted that the Israeli leader had no plan of his own to contain the Iranian threat.

And, with US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with his Iranian counterpart in Switzerland, the “P5+1″ world powers pressed on for an accord that would limit Iran’s nuclear options while loosening economic sanctions.

Netanyahu’s party faces a close-fought Israeli parliamentary election in two weeks’ time and he has been accused of imperilling Israel’s close ties with Washington for his own political gain.

But, in a barnstorming speech to a packed joint session of Congress, he pulled no punches in his denunciation of the accord that he expects Tehran to be offered before the month is out.

“That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” he declared. “It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.”

Obama did not watch the speech, having arranged a video conference with European leaders on the crisis in Ukraine, but afterwards he gave the Israeli leader’s argument short shrift.

“I am not focused in the politics of this. I am not focused on the theater,” Obama said. “As far as I can tell, there was nothing new.

“On the core issue, which is how to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which would make it far more dangerous, the prime minister did not offer any viable alternatives.”

“We don’t yet have a deal (with Iran),” Obama added. “But if we are successful then, in fact, this will be the best deal possible to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.”

 

– ‘Spark nuclear arms race’ –

 

While dozens of Obama’s Democrats stayed away from the Congress address, many more lawmakers from both sides of the aisle attended and gave Netanyahu several warm standing ovations.

“I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention,” he insisted.

“We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.”

But, despite his conciliatory opening words, Netanyahu’s speech built quickly into a thorough denunciation of Obama’s efforts to strike an accord with Iran.

“This deal has two major concessions. One, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program. Two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade,” he said.

“That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

He cited the strength of Iranian-backed factions in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq as evidence of Tehran’s regional ambitions, and recalled threats against his own people.

Thus, he said, no nuclear deal should weaken economic sanctions against Iran until its government ends its aggressive regional stance and frequent threats against Israel.

“A deal that is supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet,” he warned.

 

– Mixed reviews at home –

 

Netanyahu received several standing ovations in the chamber and good reviews from many US foreign policy hawks, but afterwards some Democrats accused him of “fear-mongering.”

Leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she had been “saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States.”

In Israel, the voters who will be called to give a verdict on Netanyahu’s governing coalition in two weeks were divided.

Some watching the speech in Jerusalem told AFP they had been impressed by the respect he had been accorded in the chamber, while others were concerned that he had recklessly interfered in the domestic politics of a vital ally.

Iran denounced Netanyahu’s intervention — even as Tehran’s envoys sat with Kerry in Montreux to hammer out the nuclear agreement ahead of a March 31 deadline.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham accused Netanyahu of spreading lies about Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran insists is peaceful.

The anti-Iranian policy “is facing serious problems because of the continuous talks and Iran’s serious determination to overcome this fabricated crisis,” she was quoted as saying.

And she dismissed the speech as repetitious, boring and a “sign of weakness.”

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also implicitly criticized Netanyahu, warning against “spreading fears” and promising that a deal is getting close.

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US Feds Raid California ‘Maternity Hotels’ for Birth Tourists

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Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as "maternity hotels" for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.

NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.

"I am doing this for the education of the next generation," one of the women told NBC News.

None of the women were arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses, and paramedics were on hand in case any of them went into labor during the sweep.

Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars tax-free to help Chinese nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital at a discount, court papers show.

"It's not necessarily illegal to come here to have the baby, but if you lie about your reasons for coming here, that's visa fraud," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Los Angeles.

All told, the feds raided 20 locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, targeting three competing birth tourism schemes, officials said. The suspected operators have not been charged but are being questioned.

The organizers who allegedly ran the Carlyle site, Chao Chen and Dong Li, used a website to drum up business, touting the benefits of a child with U.S. citizenship: 13 years of free education, low-cost college financial aid, less pollution, and a path for the entire family to emigrate when the child becomes an adult.

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Image from a website that federal authorities say was used to recruit Chinese women to come to the U.S. to have their babies.
 

Clients were counseled on what lies to tell to obtain a tourist visa; how to fly through Hawaii, Las Vegas or Korea to avoid suspicious immigration officers at Los Angeles International Airport; and how to disguise their pregnancy in transit, according to search warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

The women were then set up at the Carlyle, which charges about $3,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment and features amenities including private balconies, a resort-style pool, and cabanas with flat-screen televisions.

A neighbor, Linda Trust, told NBC News she did find it strange that she had seen a forklift deliver a huge pile of diapers to the buildings but had never seen a baby.

The women's handlers provided transportation for doctor visits and trips to restaurants and shops, the court papers say. An agent tailing one of the suspects followed them to Target and Babies R Us.

They were funneled to several Orange County hospitals to deliver, but they didn't pay full price — approximately $25,000 — for medical services, officials said. Instead, they got reduced rates for the indigent, ranging from nothing to $4,000, the court papers say.

That translated into big losses for the hospitals. More than 400 babies linked to the scheme were born at just one facility in a two-year period, investigators said.

The investigators discovered that the parents of one baby born in April 2014 who paid the hospital just $4,000 were spending money at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, Rolex and Louis Vuitton, using an account with almost a quarter of a million dollars in it.

 

The fraud, authorities say, went beyond the visas.

Li didn't file a U.S. tax return and Chen didn't declare hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds, the affidavit says. In addition, Chen and his wife, Jie Zhu committed marriage fraud, pretending to be divorced so they could get "green-card" marriages in the U.S., the feds charged.

Efforts to reach Chen, Zhu and Li by phone were unsuccessful. It was not clear if they have retained legal counsel.

The phenomenon of foreigners coming to the U.S. to have babies is not new but appears to be growing. One study found that 40,000 children a year are born to women here on a travel visa, the affidavit notes.

Image from a website that federal authorities say was used to recruit Chinese women to come to the U.S. to have their babies.

Tuesday's crackdown marked the first large-scale federal probe of birth-tourism kingpins in the continental U.S.

In addition to the operation at the Carlyle, the feds zeroed in on two other alleged schemes.

 

Wen Rui Deng, Li Yan Lang and Wen Shan Sun were accused of charging women $10,000 to $25,000 to put them up at the Pheasant Ridge apartments in Rowland Heights, where the "one dragon service" included baby nurses, the court papers say.

A company called USA Happy Baby, run by Michael Wei Yueh Liu and Jing Dong, set up at The Reserves apartments in Rancho Cucamonga, authorities charged.

The probe into the Carlyle started in June 2014 when the Irvine Police Department received an anonymous tip about the scheme that was turned over to Homeland Security. Separately, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services received a similar tip.

Image from a website that federal authorities say was used to recruit Chinese women to come to the U.S. to have their babies.

An agent posed as a client who wanted to arrange for his cousin to give birth in America, and got Chen to spill the details of the scheme — from how his China-based employees would "prep" the woman for her consulate interview to why she should not fly straight to LA.

"I don't do it because it's too risky," he said. "That's because 90 percent of the work is already done before they come over, and if they get sent back on the same plane, then I'm the one to blame for it."

The investigators went through Li's trash, examined hospital records, followed the suspects and their clients on a trip to a Chinese restaurant and and combed through bank records.

 

At one point, Chen was caught on tape fretting to the undercover that the government might realize he was not paying taxes he owed on money he collected in China.

"I do file taxes but there are so any things that I can't explain clearly," he said.

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Netanyahu Has Been Talking About Iran’s Imminent Nuclear Program For 25 Years

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WASHINGTON — In July 1996, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress, warning that Iran was "extremely close" to developing nuclear weapons and that if the United States didn't act, "the lives of our children and our grandchildren" would be at risk.

"Ladies and gentlemen, time is running out," he warned. "This is not a slogan. This is not over-dramatization."

Since then, Netanyahu, now serving a second tenure as prime minister, has been consistently warning that Iran is within two or three or five years of obtaining a bomb.

Ahead of Tuesday's speech, CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria noted Netanyahu's long history of alarmism. "It's worth remembering that Netanyahu came to this Congress … 19 years ago. He made a speech in which he talked about Iran's nuclear weapons. He predicted at the time that the deadline was extremely close. He defined what he meant by that deadline, by how close it was, a couple years earlier to the Israeli parliament, where he said Iran would have nuclear weapons in three to five years. That was 25 years ago. Netanyahu has been talking about Iran's imminent nuclear program for 25 years. Just as a factual matter with respect to my friend, he's just been wrong for 25 years," Zakaria said.

The Intercept compiled a collection of Netanyahu's warnings in one place. For example, in 2002 Netanyahu was issuing similarly dire warnings about Iraq:

In his latest speech Netanyahu dismissed sanctions, inspections and negotiation as means of mitigating the threat he's been outlining, which effectively leaves a military strike as the only option. "This is a bad deal, a very bad deal. We're better off without it," Netanyahu said of the ongoing negotiations with Iran.

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Obama says Netanyahu wrong before on Iran

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Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama faced down criticism from Israel's prime minister over talks with Tehran on Monday, insisting a minimum ten-year deal offers the best hope of avoiding a nuclear-armed Iran.

With Netanyahu in Washington to lobby against an agreement and crunch US-Iran talks underway in Switzerland, Obama said Netanyahu had been wrong about talks in the past.

Obama told Reuters if "Iran is willing to agree to double-digit years of keeping their program where it is."

If the freeze was verifiable "there's no other steps we can take that would give us such assurance that they don't have a nuclear weapon."

Tehran denies its is trying to build a bomb.

Israel believes a deal as short as ten or 20 years would mean Iran would arrive at the threshold of being a nuclear weapons power in virtually the same political environment as today.

Netanyahu on Monday told a pro-Israel conference that a deal with Iran would "threaten the survival of Israel."

Obama said that sentiment is wrongheaded, noting Netanyahu's previous opposition to an interim Iran deal as evidence Israel should back the talks.

"Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting $50 billion worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true.

"It has turned out that in fact, during this period we've seen Iran not advance its program. In many ways, it's rolled back elements of its program."

Reaching a deal with Iran has become a key foreign policy objective for Obama as he enters the final years of his presidency.

He admitted there was "substantial disagreement" with Israel on the issue, but sought to play down suggestions of a lasting rift with Netanyahu.

"This is not a personal issue. I think that it is important for every country in its relationship with the United States to recognize that the US has a process of making policy."

In recent days the White House and Obama have been ever-more detailed about what they believe the contours of a deal with Iran might be, raising speculation that a rough agreement could be achieved by a March deadline.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday said the any deal would have to shut down "four pathways" for Iran to acquire fissile material needed to build a nuclear weapon.

That includes dealing with enrichment capacity at the Natanz, Fordow and Arak facilities, as well as ensuring "Iran does not have the capacity to pursue a covert option at a facility that is not yet known to the international community."

But Obama said the odds were still on Iran rejecting a deal.

"I would say that it is probably still more likely than not that Iran doesn't get to 'yes'," he said.

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Netanyahu Directly Addresses Controversy Over His Speech To Congress

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his upcoming address to Congress on Monday by referencing the historical subjugation of the Jewish people, telling a friendly audience at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, “The days when the Jewish people are passive in the face of threats to annihilate us, those days are over.”

Netanyahu arrived in Washington D.C. on Sunday at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to deliver a speech to Congress on Tuesday that is expected to dissuade the United States from reaching a diplomatic agreement with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Those talks are currently ongoing.

The Prime Minister directly addressed the controversy surrounding his speech and concerns among American and Israeli officials that the appearance, which was scheduled without input from the White House, could damage the long-standing alliance between the two countries.

“My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both,” he said. “The purpose of my address to Congress is to speak up about a potential deal with Iran that could threaten the survival of Israel.” Referencing the historical persecution of the Jewish people, Netanyahu added, “Today, we are no longer silent. Today we have a voice. And tomorrow as prime minister of the one and only Jewish state I plan to use that voice.”

The remarks come as tensions between Israel and the United States have reached an all time high, with American officials accusing Israel of deliberately leaking details of the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations in order to undermine any final deal.

The United States, along with negotiating partners Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, would permit Iran to retain its nuclear infrastructure but delay the “breakout” period for developing a weapon by more than a year and subject the country to rigorous inspections to ensure that it does not maintain covert nuclear facilities. Israel fears that any deal with Iran would accept Iranian enrichment as a new reality, thus posing a threat to the Jewish state’s very existence.

“I plan to speak about an Iranian regime that is threatening to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said at AIPAC, “that’s devouring country after country in the Middle East…that’s developing as we speak the capacity to make nuclear weapons. Lots of them.” Recently released intelligence documents, however, contradict Netanyahu’s claims about Iran’s imminent abilities to produce a nuclear weapon. Israel’s intelligence agency has concluded that while Iran was working to “reduce the time required to produce weapons,” the country is “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons” and “does not appear to be ready” to enrich materials to the level necessary for weaponization.

But both Netayanhu and the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power — one of two Obama administration officials to speak at the AIPAC conference — took great pains to highlight the strong diplomatic relationship that binds the two nations.

Power, who received multiple standing ovations from the AIPAC audience, stressed that America’s alliance with Israel “transcends politics and it always will.” “The United States of America will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Period,” she declared to raucous applause from the audience. “Talks, no talks, agreement no agreement. The United States will take whatever steps are necessary to protect our national security and that of our closest allies.” Power spent the vast majority of her remarks providing examples of that commitment.

Netanyahu too insisted that disagreements between allies “are natural.” “[O]ur alliance is sound, our friendship is strong, and with your efforts it will only get stronger in the decades to come,” he announced.

But despite those efforts, cracks between Israel, its supporters, and the Obama administration are only widening.

On Sunday, AIPAC publicly broke with the administration over the Iranian negotiations. Speaking for the organization, Executive Director Howard Kohr said that any final deal should completely dismantle Iran’s nuclear program and must be approved by Congress. AIPAC also called for additional sanctions against Iran should it fail to reach a deal, conditions which the White House strongly opposes.

“Congress has a critical role,” Kohr said. “Congress’s role doesn’t end when there is a deal. Congress must review this deal.”

Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress remain split on whether Netanyahu should address Congress and are uncertain whether they will stand with Obama on the Iranian issue, particularly in the mist of an election year. As the New York Times reports, “So far, 30 Democrats — four senators and 26 representatives — have said they will not attend the speech.”

Netanyahu will face Israeli voters for an unprecedented fourth term on Tuesday, March 17.

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Rick Santorum makes a Kenya joke about Obama

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The world is a dangerous and complex place, former Sen. Rick Santorum told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, even more so than when he ran for the presidency in 2012.

He called out President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in particular, two perennial targets at the annual gathering of conservative activists.

“We don’t need just someone with a strong economic plan. Thanks to the Obama-Clinton foreign policy team, we have gone from a policy of peace through strength to a policy of leading from behind,” he said.

“In fact, the president’s popularity is so bad around the world today that I heard a source that the Kenyan government is actually developing proof that Barack Obama was actually born in America,” he joked.

Santorum broached the possibility of a GOP candidate facing Clinton in the general election next year. That candidate had better call “radical Islam” by its name, he said.

“The likelihood that we’re going to face a former secretary of state means that we need someone who has a long and deep understanding of the threats we confront, particularly the threat of radical Islam,” he said, adding that the president’s “profound lack of experience has created problems.”

“Commander in chief is not an entry-level position,” the former Pennsylvania senator said, touting his time on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Santorum called for boots on the ground to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as well as increased aid to Jordan and Egypt.

“We need to start by crushing ISIS. Now,” he said, using an alternative name for the terrorist group. “We must start in Iraq. We need to get ISIS out of Iraq. The first thing we need to do is arm the Kurds. Instead of sending them bandages and bodybags, we need to send them weapons.”

If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Santorum warned, the U.S. will have failed in its negotiations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress has become a political flashpoint, with many Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, declining to attend.

“In the end, Prime Minister Netanyahu would not be coming to America, he would not be risking the most important national security arrangement that Israel has if it wasn’t for the fact that he believed in his heart that Iran’s and the United States’ nuclear negotiations was going to end up being an existential threat to his country,” Santorum said.

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Netanyahu releases clip of him writing Congress speech

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The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday night released a clip of Benjamin Netanyahu drafting text for the address on Iran’s nuclear program he is set to deliver to a meeting of both houses of Congress on Tuesday.

The clearly staged footage, showing Netanyahu writing text with a thick blue pen, was screened on Israel’s Channel 2.

Earlier Friday, Netanyahu said flatly that he was headed to Washington next week in a bid to stop the emerging nuclear deal between Iran and international world powers, an agreement he has said poses a potential existential threat to Israel.

In his most direct statements to date against the deal, Netanyahu told Kol Barama, a haredi radio station, that he was “going to the US to try to stop the emerging agreement that is a danger to the State of Israel.”

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told Channel 2 that the looming deal was a “bad” one, and that there was a “vast gulf” between the Israeli government and the Obama Administration when it came to the Iran issue.

“This is an historic moment,” Ya’alon said, and Netanyahu was obligated to seek to win over Congress. History would judge the Israeli leadership badly, he said, “if we don’t stand up for ourselves.”

“It is my duty as Israeli prime minister, and as one who looks out for the future of the Jewish people, to do everything possible to convince the sole body [Congress] capable of perhaps preventing such a deal,” Netanyahu said.

“When the issue at hand is our very existence, what is expected of a prime minister? Should he bow down and accept the danger for the sake of a relationship?” he asked.

A nuclear Iran is much more dangerous to Israel than disagreements with the United States, added Netanyahu.

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DHS funding shutdown looms as key House vote fails

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Washington (CNN)A Washington fight over immigration is poised to cut off funding for the Department of Homeland Security and leave border agents, TSA screeners and tens of thousands of other federal workers charged with keeping the homeland safe working without pay until Congress gets its act together.

DHS moved closer to running out of money Friday after the House rejected a bill that would have kept the agency open for three more weeks. Unless another deal is reached by midnight, DHS will fall into a partial shutdown.

The House vote was a shocking twist to a dramatic day on Capitol Hill. For most of the day, lawmakers seemed poised to avoid a partial shutdown. The House cleared a procedural hurdle earlier in the day, indicating that final passage of the bill shouldn't be in doubt.

But when the legislation came to the floor, dozens of Republicans voted against it because the legislation doesn't address President Barack Obama's immigration orders. They were joined by nearly all Democrats, who opposed the measure because it doesn't keep DHS open through the end of the fiscal year.

The battle over DHS funding comes more than 16 months after political chaos tipped the entire government into a shutdown. Republicans bore the brunt of the public's blame for that episode and polls indicate the party could be in for a sequel.

A CNN poll last week found 53% of Americans would blame Republicans in Congress if the department shuts down, while 30% would blame President Barack Obama. Another 13% said both would deserve the blame.

The temporary 3-week funding bill failed 203-224. Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told members to stay through Friday night and through the weekend as GOP leadership considers next move.

House Speaker John Boehner has been here before — wedged between his hard-right flank and the Senate. House conservatives want to continue fighting to block Obama's actions on immigration and want to go to conference to work out differences between the House GOP bill and the Senate Bill passed bill earlier Friday.

How he handles the looming showdown could dictate the rest of his speakership, as House conservatives warn compromising now means he's effectively allowing Democrats to block GOP agenda for the next two years. Doing something that angers his right flank could again raise questions about his ability to lead the Republican conference.

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