Tense! Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a firm line on Russia during a tense Senate hearing on Wednesday, saying the U.S. will never recognize the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea and threatening "severe consequences" for any future election meddling.  The hearing appearance marked the administration's highest-profile chance to address the sustained criticism over last week's summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  As expected, Pompeo faced tough questioning from both sides of the aisle. And he clashed publicly with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, just as the hearing was getting started.  "I understand the game that you're playing," Pompeo said, as the senator repeatedly pressed him to reveal what Trump and Putin discussed in their two-hour conversation last week.  "I don't appreciate you characterizing my questions," a visibly frustrated Menendez responded. Guy & Marie have the latest.

Be Cool! President Trump looked to soothe fears from jittery Republicans over his trade policy Wednesday, saying that negotiations are going well and urging people to "be cool" ahead of his talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Trump will meet with Juncker in Washington D.C., where the escalating trade war with the E.U. over tariffs will be front and center. The E.U. slapped retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. last month in response to Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum. More could follow if Trump goes through with his plan to impose tariffs on automobiles. Marie & Guy get reactions from Senator James Lankford who was just at the White House with the President this afternoon & Scott Lincicome, International Trade attorney & Scholar at the Cato Institute.

Plus: Amy Walter, National Editor of The Cook Political Report weighs in on the midterms.

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