By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Zionsville

1. Screaming Twitter POTUS

Here are your final power lunch talking points for the week: When you tweet or write everything in caps, you’re screaming at your audience. On Thursday, President Trump appeared on Fox News, demanding that Attorney General Barr arrest his challenger, Joe Biden, his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton and former President Obama for “treason.” It's right out of the Kremlin playbook or something you'd see in a banana republic.

President Trump then tweeted: “DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, THE BIGGEST OF ALL POLITICAL SCANDALS (IN HISTORY)!!! BIDEN, OBAMA AND CROOKED HILLARY LED THIS TREASONOUS PLOT!!! BIDEN SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO RUN - GOT CAUGHT!!!”  This is sophomoric ranting, more suitable for a middle school newspaper. It's hard to believe I'm even writing about this in America.

It is chilling to hear the president of the United States call on his attorney general to arrest his political opponents and predecessors for "treason." It is equally chilling that militias in Michigan appear to be acting on President Trump's "stand by" and "Liberate Michigan" comments in their plot to kidnap, hold a trial and execute Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who calls President Trump “complicit” in the conspiracy. She added: "Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups. ’Stand back and stand by.’ Hate groups heard the president's words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry.”  

2. Pence postponed trip to Indy

Vice President Mike Pence postponed his scheduled trip to vote in Indianapolis today. It comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intended to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment, citing President Trump's erratic behavior as he is using a slew of experimental COVID drugs. Pence would have to invoke the 25th Amendment and then have a majority of the cabinet to support that action. There has also been social media speculation tying what appeared to be pink eye at Wednesday's debate to COVID-19. Pink eye is a symptom of the virus. Pence's office said there have been no positive COVID cases. "Nobody's sick. There's no positive tests," Pence spokesman Devin O'Malley said, suggesting Pence needed some down time. "The VP is planning on traveling on Saturday and Monday. We'll have more information on the vice president's schedule next week soon." 

3. Coats, Roemer, Hamilton seek ‘election integrity’

A bipartisan group of more than 40 former elected officials that includes Dan Coats, Lee Hamilton and Tim Roemer have joined forces in what’s called the National Council on Election Integrity. It’s a $20 million ad campaign that also includes former cabinet officials Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta and former Sen. Tom Daschle. "The most urgent task American leaders face is to ensure that the election's results are accepted as legitimate. Electoral legitimacy is the essential linchpin of our entire political culture," said Coats. Digital ads will begin running in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

4. COVID updates

Indiana posted a record 1,488 new infections on Thursday, 1,832 on Friday, coming two weeks after Gov. Eric Holcomb moved the state to Stage 5. There were 13 deaths. New Haven Mayor Steve McMichael has tested positive for COVID. There are outbreaks at nursing homes in Richmond and Logansport. St. Joseph County officials are considering enforcing mask and social distancing mandates. "Our conclusion is there is widespread community transmission," said Dr. Mark Fox, deputy health director. "How do we control that?" The Notre Dame Student Senate censured President John Jenkins for his failure to wear a mask at the White House event nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. “There must be appropriate consequences for all actions in violation of University policy whether the perpetrator is a member of the student body, faculty, staff, or administration,” the resolution states. High school football games in Elkhart and Crown Point have been cancelled due to the virus. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t visit White House due to lax COVID protocols. President Trump, who is still contagious, will be examined by a doctor on Fox News tonight and wants to resume MAGA rallies this weekend.

5. World Food Program honored with Nobel Peace Prize

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the United Nations World Food Program for “its efforts to combat hunger.” With Jim Morris of Indianapolis at the helm in 2003, it successfully carried out largest humanitarian operation in history, feeding 26 million Iraqis after the U.S. invasion in 2003. “In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Program has demonstrated an intensive ability to intensify its efforts,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Have a great weekend, folks. It’s The Atomic!