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Rep. Esty ends re-election bid

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MIDTERM MADNESS: Esty ends re-election bid

Female candidates this cycle are embracing gender issues that have traditionally been viewed as taboo, Politico writes.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has extended his book tour.

CT-5: Democratic Rep.Elizabeth Esty announced she will not run for re-election after allegations she failed to protect female staff from harassment.

FL-23: Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz primary challengerTim Canova is leaving the Democratic Party in the hopes of appearing on the ballot with no party affiliation in November.

IN-Sen: From the New York Times: “As the May 8 primary election approaches, the race here has taken a nasty turn, with candidates attacking one another as insufficiently aligned with the president, or way too late to Team Trump. Some Republicans worry that the tenor has the potential to bloody the winner so badly that he will be weakened in the general election contest.”

NY-12: “Rep. Carolyn Maloney, one of the richest members of Congress, rakes in cash from a stake in Virginia rental properties that have been quick to evict tenants who fall behind in rent,” the New York Daily News reports.

WI-1: Paul Ryan’s longshot Democratic challengerRandy Bryce raised $2.1 million.

TRUMP AGENDA: Pruitt under fire

Some of the country’s biggest companies are warning the White House about the negative impacts of the stiffer measures against China,the New York Times writes.

Putin may be coming to the White House.

From the New York Times: “President Trump has begun a new push for legislation to crack down on illegal immigration and make it more difficult to obtain refuge in the United States, White House officials said Monday.”

NBC’s Jane Timm reports on what Trump means in his tweets warning of “caravans” of immigrants heading to the U.S.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,under fire for his $50-a-day condo rental,bypassed the White House to give two aides big raises,The Atlantic reports.

Politico reports the White House is considering ditching Pruitt in the coming months.

New reporting from the Wall Street Journal suggests that the Mueller investigation is looking closer at foreign influence in Washington.

Trump’s lawyers are asking that the Stormy Daniels case be resolved in private,the Times reports.

Trump’s attacks on Amazon are having a ripple effect throughout Silicon Valley,the Washington Post reports.

Trump congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi for his re-election that many view as a sham.

Jill McCabe, wife of former FBI Director Andrew McCabe,says her experience on the receiving end of Trump’s attacks was a “nightmare.”

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EU civil war: Denmark backs Washington in submarine row with France and Brussels

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DENMARK has lashed out at the European Union for siding with France in the diplomatic spat over its failed submarine contract with Australia.

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Biden, Macron to speak by phone following submarine fallout

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden was expected to speak Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron as the U.S. looks to stem the fallout from France’s fury over a deal to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, according to a French official.

French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Macron expected “clarifications and clear commitments” from Biden on the call, which he said was requested by the White House.

“We expect of our allies that the exchanges and consultations that should have been conducted did not happen, and that raises the question of confidence,” Attal said Wednesday. “Therefore it falls on all of us from now on to bear together the consequences.”

The diplomatic spat between the U.S., and France erupted last week over a deal the Biden administration announced with Australia to provide that country with nuclear-powered submarines as part of a wider security pact that also included the U.K. But the French had been expecting to be the ones to sell submarines to Australia under a 2016 contract.

French officials said they were blindsided by the announcement, which cost them a $66 billion agreement. In response, France recalled their ambassadors from the United States and Australia and canceled a gala at their embassy in Washington.

The White House declined to comment on the call, but press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that officials from both countries were working to schedule one.

Nancy Ing contributed.

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'Not giving up sovereignty!' UK lays down gauntlet to EU ahead of Gibraltar Brexit talks

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SOVEREIGNTY of Gibraltar is not up for negotiation in Brexit trade talks with the EU, ministers have vowed.

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