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Trump ally Lindsey Graham snaps at White House for hiding Iran info: ‘They should tell us what the hell is going on’

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On Thursday, CNN reported that members of Congress in both parties are frustrated with President Donald Trump’s administration over the haphazard, disjointed way officials have briefed them on the standoff with Iran.

According to CNN, some members have been briefed, including Senate Foreign Relations chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) and subcomittee leader Mitt Romney (R-UT), but not Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who oversee appropriation for the State Department, or House Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY).

“I think they should tell us what the hell is going on,” said Graham, usually a cheerleader for the president, in discussion with CNN. “I’m tired of being asked questions, which is your job — I’m not mad at y’all guys. I don’t know what to tell you … I’m just frustrated they can’t pick up a phone and tell us — particularly me and Sen. Leahy, because we are in charge of embassy and consulate security. This is a mistake.”

Engel is similarly frustrated. “I think that Congress should have been briefed about it so that we didn’t have to read about it in newspaper and television accounts, and I think the administration should give us a classified briefing as soon as possible,” he said.

In recent weeks, tensions with Iran have escalated as the government has moved to pull out of certain obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which Trump decided not to honor last year. Trump’s top officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, have agitated for a military option, although Trump himself reportedly is angry at how they are escalating matters.

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Missouri governor appoints judge who fundraised for crisis pregnancy center to help decide Planned Parenthood’s license

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On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) has appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission, a state agency that oversees disputes between the state and organizations seeking licensure.

Prewitt, a former Republican candidate for office, once fundraised on Facebook for Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, a "crisis pregnancy center" that masquerades as a health care facility in order to trick women seeking abortions into listening to anti-abortion propaganda. In 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court reprimanded Prewitt for the post encouraging people to donate, saying that it violated judicial ethics rules.

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Trump being a ‘compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus’ is why he failed on Iran: Conservative columnist

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President Donald Trump's highly-criticized decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has resulted as was warned, with the country reviving its nuclear program, a conservative columnist explained in The Washington Post on Monday.

Conservative Max Boot took a victory lap in the hard-hitting column, reminding that he had signed a March 2016 letter by 121 Republican foreign policy analysts warning about Trump's approach.

"I wish we had been wrong, but we were all too right," Boot wrote.

"Trump has shown no ability to grow in office; but then it’s hard to learn if you all you read is Fox News chyrons. He is today the same compulsive liar and erratic ignoramus he was at the start of the 2016 campaign," Boot said. "Only now, the stakes are much higher."

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Mass panic after shooting at Toronto parade

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Shots were fired at a parade for the Toronto Raptors NBA champions on Monday, causing a mass panic.

Toronto Police have located two victims with "serious but not life-threatening" injuries.

Two people are in custody and two firearms have been recovered.

An estimated 2 million people were attending the celebration.

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