By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis
 
1. Trump wrecking ball at NATO
 
Here are your hump day power lunch talking points: President Trump unleashed his wrecking ball on NATO this morning, claiming in an unprecedented and blistering attack  that Germany is “totally controlled by Russia.” At the opening NATO breakfast, Trump lashed out at NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, saying, “Germany, as far as I’m concerned, is captive to Russia  because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia. We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country we’re supposed to be protecting you against,” Trump said, referring to European purchases of Russian natural gas. German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded: “I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I’m very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that’s very good.”
 
If there are questions about who is “controlled by Russia,” reporter Jonathan Chait writes a chilling New York Magazine article as a preface to President Trump's insistence on meeting Russian President Putin alone next Monday in Helsinki. You can read the article, "Will Trump Be Meeting with His Counterpart – or His Handler: A plausible Theory of Mind-boggling Collusion.” It's a potential preview to the Mueller probe conclusions. Former U.S. Russian Ambassador Michael McFaul relates a Pentagon meeting a year ago in which Defense Sec. Jim Mattis and then Sec. of State Rex Tillerson gave President Trump an hour-long presentation on how important the NATO alliance is. Trump was silent for the hour, and at the conclusion said, "That's exactly what I don't want.”  That’s when Tillerson reportedly called him a “f—ing moron.” BTW, the U.S. Senate voted 97-2 reaffirming the U.S. commitment to NATO
 
2. A criminal probe of AG Hill as Braun bolts
 
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate sexual harassment claims against Attorney General Curtis Hill, as he requested on Monday. Curry said the special prosecutor will “confer” with Inspector General Lori Torres to make the "ultimate determination if criminal charges are warranted.” Gov. Eric Holcomb asked Torres to investigate last week. Hill told the media he was with GOP operative and lobbyist Tony Samuel the night of March 15 at AJ’s Lounge. Asked for comment, Samuel told HPI  on Tuesday, "I have been advised by attorneys to wait and talk to investigators, not media at this time." During the reading of his statement on Monday, Hill complained that the op-ed article by State Rep. Mara Candeleria Reardon was flawed, saying he had arrived at “AJ’s Lounge alone when in fact I was a guest and arrived with Tony Samuel.” Republican Senate nominee Mike Braun, who was seen seated next to Hill at a June 8 marriage platform plank event at the GOP convention in Evansville, called for Hill to resign, citing the ”troubling and serious" allegations, which he said was "outrageous conduct." And U.S. Sen. Todd Young called for a “criminal investigation” on Hill.
 
3. Braun up 2% over Donnelly
 
A new Survey Monkey/Axios Poll  shows Republican Mike Braun leading U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly 49-47%. The poll was part of a 13-seat survey of registered voters taken from June 11 to July 2. To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they're defending in states that President Trump won in 2016, plus pick up two more seats. It shows Dems would lose three of those red-state seats while picking up two GOP seats – still short of the majority. 
 
4. Only 38 kids reunited by deadline
 
The Trump administration was ordered to reunite 102 immigrant kids under age four with their parents by Tuesday. Washington Post: “The Justice Department said that only 75 of the 102 children aged four and younger who were supposed to be returned to their parents are eligible for reunification, and that only 38 of those separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border would be turned over by Tuesday’s deadline." U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, who ordered the reunions, commented on what has become a debacle, reminding the administration that these are “firm deadlines, and not aspirational goals.” President Trump’s solution? He said Tuesday, “Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing. Come legally.”
 
5. Pence coming to Midwest, Indiana
 
Vice President Mike Pence will campaign across the Midwest beginning today where President Trump’s base has been buffeted by tariffs hitting farmers and manufacturers. Trump announced $200 billion more tariffs today on China. Pence will stump in Kansas City, Cedar Rapids and Chicago for GOP congressional candidates and fire up the base.  Pence is expected to head to Indianapolis Friday for “private events” that will take him to Brown County, Greenwood and downtown Indy. Wheels up for D.C. will come on Sunday.
 
Have a great hump day, folks. It’s The Atomic!