SWIHART BACKING RUDY YAKYM FOR 2ND CD; 6 FILE: Dean Swihart is backing Rudy Yakym III for the open 2nd CD Republican nomination (Howey Politics Indiana). "As I mentioned last week, I am confident that Jackie would want to weigh in on her successor to ensure that our voices continue to be represented in Congress. After deep reflection and deliberation, today I am supporting Rudy Yakym to represent the 2nd District of Indiana in Congress," Swihart said on Monday. Indiana Republican Party Caucuses will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grissom Middle School, 13881 Kern Road, Mishawaka. The deadline to file for Saturday's caucus is Wednesday morning. "Rudy has spent years working in public service alongside my beloved wife and will fight for our district to protect our faith, families and communities. Rudy is a political outsider who has what it takes to stand up to the Pelosi-Biden agenda.  He will fight to do the right thing, just as Jackie did every day of her career.  I encourage the precinct committeemen to support Rudy in this week’s caucus.” Former legislator Christy Stutzman was planning on entering the race on Monday, former attorney general Curtis Hill is expected to announce on Tuesday. Tiernan Kane, who works as an attorney at Cooper & Kirk, a boutique law firm. He previously clerked for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Michael Hogberg, who is a tax professional in the South Bend area, and State Rep. Curt Nisly have also filed.


YAKYM STATEMENT: Rudy Yakym III, who is director of Growth Initiative at Elkhart-based Kem-Krest, and was finance director for Rep. Jackie Walorski's 2010 campaign, said in a statement provided to Howey Politics Indiana, "I am honored and deeply humbled to be endorsed by Dean Swihart. Over the past decade Jackie has been a mentor and friend, and I have learned a lot about public service working alongside her. I am running for the 2nd District to not only honor her legacy, but to represent Hoosier common sense in Washington and fight against the dangerous Pelosi-Biden agenda that is ruining our country. I believe a proven leader with business experience, not political experience, is what Washington needs right now, and I am committed to protecting local jobs and restoring America's strengths at home and abroad." Yakym is a Notre Dame MBA graduate as well as with a business and economics degree from IUSB. He's a member of the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission & Judicial Qualifications Commission, appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2021, as well as a member of the Indiana Finance Authority.


DOJ RECOVERS 9 CHILDREN; 3 SEX OFFENDERS IN INDIANA:  During a two-week operation in August, the FBI located 84 victims of child sex exploitation and found 37 actively missing children during a nationwide sex trafficking initiative, the Department of Justice said Monday (WTHR-TV). The FBI Indianapolis Division told 13News nine children were rescued in Indiana and three sex offenders were caught on Aug. 12. The FBI in Indianapolis worked with the United States Marshals Service and IMPD missing persons and vice units. The average age of the victims was 15.5 years old and the youngest was 11 years old. In addition to locating and identifying the underage victims, the FBI found 141 trafficked adults. “The Justice Department is committed to doing everything in our power to combat the insidious crimes of human trafficking that devastate survivors and their families,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in a press release.


STATE TAX REBATE CHECKS ... IN THE MAIL: The check is in the mail — for real, this time (Carden, NWI Times). Following months of delays caused by a nationwide shortage of security paper, the state auditor on Monday will begin printing some 1.7 million paper checks to return a portion of Indiana's bulging budget reserves to Hoosier taxpayers. The checks initially were going to be worth $125 per eligible taxpayer, or $250 for a married couple, as an automatic taxpayer refund linked to excess state revenue at the end of the 2021 budget year. However, earlier this month the Indiana General Assembly decided to send eligible Hoosiers a second distribution of $200 based on the state's unprecedented tax receipts during the 2022 budget year that ended June 30. The fortuitous timing of State Auditor Tera Klutz finally obtaining the needed security paper and Gov. Eric Holcomb signing Senate Enrolled Act 2 into law means the two payments can be put onto a single check, saving the state about $1 million in paper, printing and mailing costs, according to the auditor's office.


CHENEY'S CAREER ENDING ... AND BEGINNING: The two-minute video, meant ostensibly as the closing appeal to voters here, likely served much more as the launching point of a campaign that will last for years to come (Washington Post). “No matter how long we must fight, this is a battle we will win,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) says to the camera, promising to lead “millions of Americans” of all ideological stripes “united in the cause of freedom. This is our great task and we will prevail. I hope you will join me in this fight,” Cheney concludes. Cheney is looking far beyond Tuesday’s Republican primary for this state’s at-large seat in the U.S. House, a race that she is likely to lose, barring an unprecedented surge of non-Republican voters into the GOP contest.


NRSC CANCELS TV ADS IN PA, OH & NC: As midterm election campaigns heat up in the Senate’s top battlegrounds, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is canceling millions of dollars of ad spending, sending GOP campaigns and operatives into a panic and upending the committee’s initial spending plan (Politico). The cuts — totaling roughly $13.5 million since Aug. 1 — come as the Republicans’ Senate campaign committee is being forced to “stretch every dollar we can,” said a person familiar with the NRSC’s deliberations. Republican nominees in critical states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina — places the GOP must defend this fall — have failed to raise enough money to get on air themselves, requiring the NRSC to make cuts elsewhere to accommodate. Since Aug. 1, the NRSC has cut ad buys in the battleground states of Pennsylvania ($7.5 million), Arizona ($3.5 million), Wisconsin ($2.5 million) and Nevada ($1.5 million), according to the ad tracking service AdImpact. Separately, a Democratic source tracking advertising buys estimated roughly $10.5 million in cuts by the NRSC since the first of the month. “People are asking, ‘What the hell is going on?’” said one Republican strategist working on Senate races. “Why are we cutting in August? I’ve never seen it like this before.”


FLIGHT DELAYED? BLAME FLORIDA: Airlines flying in and out Florida one recent weekend had a lot to navigate (Wall Street Journal). Over the Gulf of Mexico, military exercises restricted airspace for flights trying to go east and west. A thunderstorm encroached, threatening an important route over the Gulf. Short staffing at an air-traffic-control center near Jacksonville limited north-south traffic. And a space rocket prepared to launch over the Atlantic, temporarily cutting off routes to the east. Such is the Florida obstacle course, jamming up airspace over some of the most popular vacation spots in the U.S.—and cascading travel problems across the rest of the country. Every major airline serves Florida, and some say more than a third of their flights cross its airspace. And even though airlines flew fewer U.S. domestic flights overall during the first half of the year, compared with 2019, they boosted the number there. “It’s been a cluster and a half,” said Andrew Levy, chief executive of Avelo Airlines, a startup that has been expanding in Florida. 


SPARTZ CLAIMS TRUMP SEARCH 'POLITICAL': The serving of a search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate was just political, according to Rep. Victoria Spartz. Spartz and other Indiana Republicans met with Trump a few days after the search warrant was served (de la Bastide, Anderson Herald Bulletin). “The meeting was scheduled before hand,” she said. “It’s just political and getting the FBI involved is very dangerous. It shouldn’t happen.” Spartz said the issues could have been resolved without the serving of the search warrant. “No one should be treated like that,” she said. “The Democrats should be showing they can govern, which they aren’t doing a good job. “How much energy have they spent on attacking him,” Spartz said. “I believe he’s getting used to it. We can’t have a police state,” she said. Spartz said people are becoming afraid of the government and coming after individuals instead of protecting rights.


CLARK COUNTY DEMS DEMAND PROBE IN 28 JAIL SEX ASSAULTS: Clark County Democrats and supporters of the 28 women who claim they were sexually assaulted inside the Clark County Jail are demanding an independent investigation of the jail and the resignation of its’ leaders, including the sheriff (Minor, WISH-TV). “We want people to see just how many victims this is. This is two military squads. This is larger than an NBA franchise,” Chris Coyle, Clark County Democratic Party Chair, said. “The sheer number of victims in this case in a single incident is extraordinary.” Around 20 supporters stood on the steps of the Clark County Courthouse holding signs with one number on it. Each represented one of the alleged sexual assault victims. According to a federal lawsuit, David Lowe was a jail officer in 2021. Documents show Lowe was given $1,000 by two male inmates in exchange for a key that opened the cells of various women. “[On October 24, 2021] numerous male detainees with face coverings used a key, keys of the jail officer, [and then] raped, assaulted, harrassed, and intimitated these 28 women,” Linda Lawson, Ninth District Vice Chair and a 24-year law enforcement veteran who was a member of the sex crimes and domestic violence division said. “What I’m going to tell you, what I’ve watched on here does not indicate to me that there was sexual assault,” Larry Wilder, the attorney representing Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, said.


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: President Biden will sign his landmark health and climate legislation, but expect Donald Trump to continue dominating the news cycle. The former president sucks all of the oxygen out of the room. And then there’s Trump’s endorsed Senate candidates, Oz & Vance, that aren’t raising money prompting the NRSC to pull TV ad buys. This is a stunning political development. - Brian A. Howey




HILL ENTERS 2ND CD RACE:  Former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, whose time in office was marred by allegations that he drunkenly groped four women during a party, filed Monday to seek the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski following her death in a highway crash (AP). Hill is among at least five candidates in a growing field of candidates for Saturday’s Republican caucus to take Walorski’s place on the November election ballot in northern Indiana’s solidly GOP 2nd Congressional District. Hill, a former Elkhart County prosecutor, denied wrongdoing but the state Supreme Court ordered a 30-day suspension of his law license after finding “by clear and convincing evidence that (Hill) committed the criminal act of battery” against three female legislative staffers and then-state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, a Munster Democrat, at the 2018 party. Hill didn’t immediately post any statements Monday about his congressional campaign decision to his political social media accounts or respond to a telephone message seeking comment.


PENCE TO KEYNOTE ALLEN COUNTY GOP BEAN DINNER: Former Vice President Mike Pence will stop in Fort Wayne for a fundraiser this fall, Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine announced Monday (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). Pence will be the keynote speaker at the party’s annual Reagan Bean Dinner on Oct. 12. “I couldn’t be more pleased than to announce that Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Allen County GOP’s ‘mega’ event … which will no doubt bring hundreds of Republicans from Allen County and across the state to attend this year’s fall dinner,” Shine said in a statement.


INDEMS LAUD INFLATION RELIEF ACT: The Indiana Democratic Party celebrated how President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) already has support from Hoosiers across the state. Just days before André Carson and Frank Mrvan helped pass the IRA, the Southern Indiana chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby voiced their full support for the legislation (Howey Politics Indiana). Why? The IRA is providing the largest investment to fight climate change in our nation’s history. Hoosiers will see new jobs create solar and wind farms across Indiana which will help the nation achieve a 40-percent decrease in greenhouse admissions by the end of the decade. The Inflation Reduction Act will deliver a brighter future for Hoosiers, and it was Indiana Democrats who helped get it done. In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party - including Todd Young - said “NO” to this brighter future. Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming the Republicans’ opposition was a “great campaign to run on”.


ATF ENDORSES McDERMOTT: McDermott for Indiana (Howey Politics Indiana): "I am proud to receive the endorsement of the @AFTunion. We must do more to support #publiceducation, including parents, teachers, & students. That starts by keeping schools open and giving parents & local school boards power.


PENCE HEADED TO IOWA, NH: Former Vice President Mike Pence is no stranger to Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that kick off the presidential nominating calendar (GlobeEcho). Pence, who’s reported to be seriously mulling a 2024 White House bid, has already made three trips to each state since the end of former President Donald Trump’s administration over a year and a half ago. But this week, Pence will turn up the volume on speculation he’s continuing the process of laying the groundwork for a White House run with back-to-back appearances in the states and visits to two iconic settings that are considered must-stops for potential and actual presidential candidates — “Politics and Eggs” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the Iowa State Fair.


PENCE BLASTS BIDEN OVER AFGHANISTAN: @Mike_Pence (Howey Politics Indiana): "One Year Since Biden’s disasterous withdrawal from Afghanistan and this is all still true. But to all our troops who served defending our freedom those past twenty years, especially the families of our heroic fallen, know this: We Will Never Forget Your Service or Their Sacrifice."


FOX NEWS HOSTS PLEA FOR SUPPORTERS TO LAY OFF FBI: FBI agents have been inundated with an unprecedented avalanche of threats after the bureau’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last week—which the former president was quick to brand a politically-motivated “witch-hunt.” With rhetoric of civil war and armed rebellion against federal law enforcement spreading online like wildfire, Fox & Friends decided it was time to turn down the temperature Monday (Daily Beast). “So many supporters of Donald Trump have used this opportunity to go against the FBI,” host Steve Doocy said. “They’re barking up the wrong tree. Don’t blame the FBI.” After authorities seized classified documents from Trump’s Florida mansion last week, the former president could face potential prosecution under the Espionage Act. Some of the documents may even pertain to nuclear weapons, according to reports. But instead of being appalled by the fact that there’s even a remote possibility that a former president’s actions could warrant such an investigation, hardcore Trump stans have instead turned on law enforcement with extreme rhetoric, amplified by the likes of Fox News.




REVENUE: OFFICIALS WARN OF REFUND SCAMS - Indiana state officials are warning Hoosiers about scams related to the automatic taxpayer refund and inflation relief payments (WVPE). Last year, the state triggered its automatic taxpayer refund law because of unusually large revenue collections. That ultimately meant sending $125 to every Hoosier who filed a tax return last year. And state lawmakers recently approved an inflation relief package that will mean another $200 each to taxpayers. But with those payments also comes concerns about scams. The money will only come in the form of a direct deposit or a paper check. The state is telling Hoosiers to ignore any texts, emails or phone calls related to the taxpayer refund or inflation relief payments. That’s especially true if the messages contain links or request personal or financial information such as Social Security or bank account numbers.


HEALTH: STATE OFFERING MONKEYPOX VAX - The Indiana Department of Health is hosting monkeypox vaccination clinics for anyone who is at risk of exposure, including people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get it. The clinics will offer free doses of the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine at the following locations: Allen County: No appointment necessary. 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 12, After Dark, 112 E. Masterson Ave., Fort Wayne; Marion County Registration required in advance. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15. You can registerhereby noon, Sunday, Aug. 14. (If you do not receive a message from the Marion County Public Health Department, you are not registered for the MCPHD’s vaccine clinic on Aug. 15.) Marion County Health Department, 4012 N. Rural St., Indianapolis. Tippecanoe County: No appointment necessary, 9 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 12, Tippecanoe County Health Department, 1950 S. 18th St., Lafayette.


JUSTICE: LEGAL ACTION EXPECTED AGAINST SEA1 - A reproductive law expert on Monday said to expect federal and state lawsuits over Indiana’s new abortion law (WISH-TV). According to the state health department, the new law voids all abortion clinic licenses when it goes into effect Sept. 15. This means only hospitals and surgical centers affiliated with them will be able to provide abortions under the extremely limited exceptions to the ban. Indiana University law professor, Jody Madeira said, “It’s likely the Department of Justice will sue to block the law, as it already has to block a ban in Idaho.” (Indiana’s) is actually one of the strictest laws in the country and it violates several of the provisions that (President Joe) Biden called for,” she said. “For example, providing exceptions for the life and health of the mother that are meaningful and Indiana’s really are not, in a substantial sense.” Madeira said, Planned Parenthood could separately sue under the state constitution’s provisions dealing with privacy.


STATE: SULLIVAN SEEKS STUDENT DESIGN OF 'I VOTED' -  Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan is encouraging K-12 Hoosier students to use their creativity to help design ‘I Voted’ stickers for Indiana’s 2022 General Election (Howey Politics Indiana). “Indiana is home to some very talented young artists,” Secretary Sullivan said. “I am excited to see the wonderful and creative designs our students will come up with. ‘I Voted’ stickers have become part of the tradition of Election Day, which voters proudly sport after casting their ballot.” The competition is open to all Indiana students and is divided into three groups based on age level; Kindergarten – 3rd grade, 4th grade – 8th grade, and 9th grade through 12th grade. An overall winner will be selected for each group in addition to recognition for 2nd and 3rd place entries. The winning designs will be printed and used for official ‘I Voted’ stickers, distributed to Indiana County Clerks for use on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022.


FSSA: SERVICES ASSESSMENTS MEETING AUG. 23 - The next meeting of the Indiana Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, from 1 – 4 p.m. (EDT) with options for in-person and virtual attendance (Howey Politics Indiana). The meeting will be held at the Indiana Government Center South building, conference room B and streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/c/FSSAIndianavideos. There will be a public comment period from 12:30 – 1 p.m., with the meeting to follow. More information about the task force is available online at https://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/5455.htm. For requests for accommodations including a link to ASL interpretation, please contact Kristina Blankenship at 800-545-7763 or kristina.blankenship@fssa.in.gov on or before Aug. 19, 2022.


DNR: MONITORING FISH KILL AT CLEAR LAKE - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) visited Clear Lake in Steuben County Aug. 4 after receiving multiple reports from residents of numerous dead fish (WANE-TV). After conducting an investigation, the DNR concluded there were approximately 500 dead fish in the lake, and the fish died from natural causes. The DNR cited the recent weather, which has mostly been hot and dry, as well as the warm water temperatures as the main reasons the fish kill happened. The fish kill’s threat to public health is considered very low at the time, but the DNR recommended using common sense when using natural waterways during periods of hot weather. Biologists will continue to monitor Clear Lake in case anything changes.


IU: BUCKNER EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE IN WHITTEN - Quinn Buckner is confident the IU trustees made the right choice when they selected Pamela Whitten to be Indiana University’s 19th president (Hinnefeld, Indiana Public Media). “I think she's done a very good job,” Buckner, who chairs the university’s governing board, said in an interview. “She's done what the trustees expected her to do.”  In just over a year on the job, Whitten has impressed the trustees with her communication skills and her focus on students, Buckner said. They see her as someone who can make prompt decisions while engaging with IU’s large community of stakeholders, from freshmen to donors to state legislators.  “This world is about communication,” he said. “It’s about communication, it’s about a warmth, a touch, a genuineness, an authenticity. And she has that.”


NCAA: NOTRE DAME RANKED 5TH IN PRE-SEASON POLL - Alabama is No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 for the second straight season (AP). That is also the ninth time overall, second most in poll history. The Crimson Tide received 54 of 63 first-place votes. Ohio State is No. 2 with six first-place votes. Defending national champion Georgia is third with three first-place votes. Clemson is No. 4 and Notre Dame rounds out the top five. This means Notre Dame’s opening game at Ohio State on Sept. 3 will be a top five matchup.




McCARTHY EXPECTS TO BE SPEAKER: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy says he believes he’ll be the next speaker of the House (Fox News). "I believe so. We’ll win the majority and I’ll be speaker. Yes," McCarthy said in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday, as he pointed toward the likely regaining of the House majority by the GOP in November’s midterm elections. And McCarthy, during a stop in Wyoming, said the near certain defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney in the state’s GOP congressional primary on Tuesday can be seen as a "referendum" on the Democrat-dominated select committee investigating former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol.


WARNER, RUBIO SEEK MAR-A-LAGO DOCS: Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, respectively, have sent a private letter to top intelligence officials and the Justice Department asking for more information from last week's unprecedented FBI search at Mar-a-Lago (ABC News). The letter, sent Sunday to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Attorney General Merrick Garland, specifically seeks the classified documents that were seized and an analysis of any national security threat posed by the mishandling of the information. The request comes after it was revealed that 11 sets of classified information were seized from former President Donald Trump's Florida resort, including confidential, secret and top-secret documents.


JUDGE ORDERS SEN. GRAHAM TO TESTIFY: A federal judge on Monday turned down Sen. Lindsey Graham's bid to throw out a subpoena compelling him to testify before the Atlanta-area grand jury investigating Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election (Politico). “[T]he Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections,” U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May wrote in a 22-page opinion rejecting Graham’s effort and sending the matter back to state courts for further proceedings. The ruling is a victory for District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the grand jury probe that resulted in a subpoena for Graham (R-S.C.) to appear for an Aug. 23 interview. Investigators intend to query Graham about two phone calls with Georgia election officials, at the same time Trump was attempting to subvert his defeat, that included a discussion of the process for counting absentee ballots.






WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN TO SIGN HEALTH, CLIMATE BILL TODAY - President Joe Biden will sign Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda, as he aims to boost his party’s standing with voters less than three months before the midterm elections (AP). The legislation includes the most substantial federal investment in history to fight climate change — some $375 billion over the decade — and would cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 out-of-pocket annually for Medicare recipients. It also would help an estimated 13 million Americans pay for health care insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule — 11:40 a.m.: The Bidens will head out from South Carolina, returning to the White House at 1:50 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.: Biden will sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law and deliver remarks. — 7 p.m.: Biden will leave the White House, arriving in New Castle, Del., at 8:15 p.m.


JUSTICE: GARLAND DELIBERATED SEARCH FOR WEEKS - Attorney General Merrick Garland deliberated for weeks over whether to approve the application for a warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, people familiar with the matter said, a sign of his cautious approach that will be tested over the coming months (Wall Street Journal). The decision had been the subject of weeks of meetings between senior Justice Department and FBI officials, the people said. The warrant allowed agents last Monday to seize classified information and other presidential material from Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Garland now faces a more momentous decision that will further sharpen an already unprecedented and politically fraught situation: whether to pursue charges against Mr. Trump or any of his allies over their handling of the records at issue and their interactions with Justice Department officials seeking to retrieve them.


JUSTICE: WON'T RELEASE MAR-A-LAGO AFFIDAVIT -  The Justice Department objected on Monday to making public the affidavit used to justify the search of former President Donald J. Trump’s home in Florida, saying its release would “compromise future investigative steps” and “likely chill” cooperation with witnesses (New York Times). In a 13-page pleading, filed in a federal court in southern Florida in response to requests by The New York Times and other news organizations to make public the evidence included in the document, prosecutors suggested that the department has undertaken a broad, intensive inquiry into Mr. Trump’s handling of some of the most secret documents of the government after he left office.


STATE: IRAN PROVIDES WRITTEN RESPONSE TO NUKE DEAL - Iran said Tuesday it submitted a “written response” to what has been described as a final roadmap to restore its tattered nuclear deal with world powers (AP). Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency offered no details on the substance of its response, but suggested that Tehran still wouldn’t take the European Union-mediated proposal, despite warnings there would be no more negotiations. “The differences are on three issues, in which the United States has expressed its verbal flexibility in two cases, but it should be included in the text,” the IRNA report said. “The third issue is related to guaranteeing the continuation of (the deal), which depends on the realism of the United States.”


FBI: CHAIN OF DOC CUSTODY TO BE PROBED - Administration sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News the amount and the sensitivity of confidential, secret and top-secret documents allegedly discovered in the Mar-a-Lago search raise critical national security questions that must be urgently addressed (ABC News). Those officials say law enforcement and security officials must now try to track the chain of custody of the material and try to determine if any of the material was compromised. Officials acknowledged these critical questions need to be addressed because the material, in theory, would be of great value to foreign adversaries and even allies. Interviews with Trump administration officials are anticipated and authorities may even check for fingerprints to see if that provides insight into who had access.


TRANSPORTATION: AMERICAN CANCELS 16% OF NOVEMBER FLIGHTS - American Airlines is once again cutting its flight schedule, slashing 16% or 31,000 flights during November (CNN). The airline said the move is "in line with our approach to network and schedule planning throughout the year." Schedule data provided by Cirium, an aviation analytics company, shows the largest cuts are between Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as between Boston and Philadelphia. "Preliminary schedules are published 331 days in advance and then adjustments are made closer in based on the schedule we intend to operate," American said to CNN in a statement. "We are now loading schedule adjustments approximately 100 days in advance, which is in line with how we adjusted our schedule in 2019 prior to the pandemic."


AUTOS: DODGE TO RETIRE CHARGER, CHALLENGER - Stellantis, maker of Dodge, says its gas-hog Challenger and Charger muscle cars will go out of production at the end of next year (Axios). To try to make it a profitable farewell, Dodge will offer seven premium-priced "heritage-influenced" versions, being introduced under cover at certain dealerships, Reuters reports.


MEDIA: WAGNER BEGINS MSNBC SHOW TONIGHT - Alex Wagner's new four-day, Tuesday-Thursday prime-time perch on MSNBC is unorthodox. But she plans to make the slot her own by adding out-of-studio reporting and non-political, cultural topics to Rachel Maddow's popular mix, AP's David Bauder writes. Tonight, Wagner takes over MSNBC's 9 p.m. ET showcase. Maddow will still host Monday nights. The rest of the week will be "Alex Wagner Tonight."


PENNSYLVANIA: MAN ARRESTED SEEKING FBI 'SLAUGHTER' - A Mercer County man threatened online to murder FBI agents after the bureau's search of former president Donald Trump's Florida estate last week, saying "come and get me you piece of [expletive] feds" and "I am going to [expletive] slaughter you," according to a federal complaint filed Monday in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Adam Bies, 46, is charged in U.S. District Court with influencing, impeding or retaliating against federal law officers. He appeared briefly by video before a federal magistrate judge on Monday afternoon and will remain in U.S. custody pending a detention hearing Thursday. The judge said she'd likely appoint a lawyer for him after she had a chance to review his financial records.


GEORGIA: GIULIANI A PROBE TARGET - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a target of criminal investigation as a Georgia grand jury investigates efforts of Donald Trump and his supporters to overturn the 2020 election, his lawyer confirmed to CBS News. Giuliani is scheduled to appear before the special grand jury in Fulton County on Wednesday. Last week a judge there ordered him to make the trip "on train or a bus or Uber," after his attorneys sought to postpone the testimony, citing doctor's orders that Giuliani not fly following an early-summer heart stent operation. Giuliani is described in court documents as a material witness to the investigation, but one of his attorneys, Robert Costello, said Monday that a Fulton County prosecutor called another attorney for Giuliani on Monday to update that description.


MLB: CHISOX RALLY TO BEAT ASTROS 4-2 - Johnny Cueto kept going after a tough start — long enough for Yoán Moncada to deliver a big hit (ESPN). Moncada lined a tiebreaking two-run single in Chicago's four-run eighth inning, and the White Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win. Chicago (60-56) moved four games over .500 for the first time since it was 6-2 on April 16. It also pulled within two games of AL Central-leading Cleveland, which split a doubleheader against Detroit. "That's what we need to do in every game," Cueto said through a translator. "Just have to compete and have the same energy level and excitement that we had today."


MLB: PHILLIES NIP REDS 4-3 - Noah Syndergaard won for the second time in three starts since being traded to Philadelphia, and Edmundo Sosa drove in three runs as the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Monday night (ESPN). Syndergaard (7-8) allowed three earned runs through seven innings. The 29-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline.


MLB: NATIONALS DOWN CUBS 5-4 - Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night (ESPN). Cruz, who hit a two-run double in the fifth, smacked a 1-1 pitch from Brandon Hughes (1-1) to center to snap a 4-all tie with one out in the eighth. It was Cruz's ninth homer of the season and first since June 25.




EVANSVILLE: AUTOPSY REPORTS FROM EXPLOSION RELEASED — Preliminary autopsy results released Monday for the three victims of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood show they died of blunt force trauma and compression asphyxia (AP). A married couple who lived at the center of the Wednesday explosion in Evansville, 43-year-old Charles Hite and 37-year-old Martina Hite, both died of blunt force trauma to their chests, and 29-year-old neighbor Jessica Teague died of compression asphyxia, the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office said in a news release. Final autopsy reports and toxicology are pending, Chief Deputy Coroner David Anson said in the news release. The explosion injured a fourth person and damaged 39 homes, leaving 11 uninhabitable, authorities have said. “The very slow methodical process of the investigation started this morning,” EFD Division Chief Mike Larson said in the release. “The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is leading this investigation and the Evansville Fire Department is assisting. Several Insurance investigators have been in town and the Evansville Police Department is assisting with interviews as they are needed, along with site security.”


SOUTH BEND: PROTEST OUTSIDE MAYOR MUELLER HOME -  A group of protesters gathered outside of South Bend Mayor James Mueller’s home Monday morning (WNDU-TV). It comes after the officer-involved shooting of 51-year-old Dante Kittrell more than two weeks ago near Coquillard Elementary School. The group is calling on the mayor to release all body camera footage and 911 dispatch recordings. They’re also calling on the mayor to create a mobile mental health crisis unit. “There’s a lot of misstatements that have been made from the mayor, from other members of city and council leadership, and we want to correct the record and just underscore that this is about the demands that are being put forward,” says Jordan Giger, co-founder of Black Lives Matter South Bend. “It’s about the fact that a Black man’s life was taken.”


INDIANAPOLIS: HOGSETT ANNOUNCES EMERSON AVE. PROJECT - Mayor Joe Hogsett joined the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) today to highlight ongoing construction on South Emerson Avenue, between Southport Crossing Place and Stop 11 Road. This $11 million project (ST-47-045) will improve the pavement structure, drainage, pedestrian accessibility, traffic flow, and overall safety of the roadway (Howey Politics Indiana). “Last week during the 2023 budget proposal, I highlighted millions of dollars we will direct to address neighborhood streets, thoroughfares, and pedestrian upgrades as part of the Circle City Forward initiative,” said Mayor Hogsett. “Today’s ongoing project is an example of the kind of comprehensive work we can accomplish with that funding.” The project includes pavement reconstruction, roadway widening with additional through lanes, a flush bi-direction left turn median, and sidewalk or multiuse path on both sides of the roadway with ADA-compliant curb ramps throughout the corridor. Construction also includes the replacement of the Emerson Avenue bridge over I-65. This project is in tandem with a similar, upcoming project (ST-47-041), which will extend the improvements along Emerson Avenue from Stop 11 Road to County Line Road. That next project is set to begin construction in 2023.


INDIANAPOLIS: BUSES TOO HEAVY FOR PAVEMENT — IndyGo closed several city streets a few years ago to build the Red Line rapid bus transit system. Now they say they are going to have to do some of that again as they “enhance” some of the bus stations along the route (WIBC). The entire Red Line bus lane on Capitol Avenue is closed as contractors remove cracked concrete and repair damaged asphalt caused by Red Line buses. IndyGo says the surface of Red Line stations has been deteriorating quicker than expected because of the weight of the electric buses. The busses are much heavier than a standard diesel-powered IndyGo bus. “There was a consensus between IndyGo and DPW when the Red Line was designed and built that the concrete work conducted around the pads and dedicated bus lanes was sufficient at the time,” IndyGo said in a statement. “Now, we have an opportunity to enhance the stations, the pavement, and concrete pads in step with our ongoing maintenance for the line.”


ST. JOHN: COUNCIL APPROVES RIVER DISTRICT — The Town Council has approved the creation of a riverfront district, a decision that will allow the town to obtain more liquor licenses (NWI Times). The number of regular licenses in each municipality is determined by the state based on population. Councilman Mike Aurelio, R-at large, has said St. John is entirely out of licenses, meaning the only way new restaurants can obtain them is by purchasing them from other businesses at prices as high as $500,000.


HENDRICKS COUNTY: 2 DEPUTIES HURT IN CHASE — A 51-year-old Avon man, accused of domestic violence, was in custody Monday morning after leading police on a chase (WTHR-TV). Hendricks County sheriff's deputies responded to a report around 5:30 a.m. of a woman who had allegedly been strangled at a home on Greenbriar Drive, near Avon. Deputies went to the home but were told the male suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Edward Miller, of Avon, had just left in his truck. According to the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office, Miller drove his truck into the driver's side door of one of the deputies. The deputy was taken to a hospital and was said to be in stable condition. Miller then ran into a wooded area. Deputies and K-9 units from the Danville and Plainfield police departments were able to track Miller down, and he was taken into custody. Miller had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.


ST. JOSEPH COUNTY: ELECTION BOARD REMOVES ASSESSOR CANDIDATE -  The St. Joseph County Election Board voted unanimously Friday to keep Republican county assessor candidate Mike Castellon on the November ballot. Castellon — the current Penn Township assessor — had faced a challenge over his residency (WVPE). The challenge was brought by Democratic candidate Ted Booker, who currently works for the Elkhart County Assessor’s office. Booker claimed Castellon was violating state law, which requires assessors to reside in the county they plan to represent for at least one year before the election and own real estate there. Booker currently rents an apartment in South Bend’s Irish Hills complex, and said he plans to purchase real property in the county “in the near term” before the November election. Castellon rents an apartment at the Autumn Lakes complex in Mishawaka — and purchased a vacant, overgrown lot on South Bend’s West Side earlier this year for $10 — but Booker argued that his permanent residence is a home he and his wife purchased last year in Port Charlotte, Florida.


TIPPECANOE COUNTY: TESTIMONY V. COLES - For more than three years, Fairfield Township Board members had been fighting so much with Trustee Taletha Coles over her spending, lack of receipts and belligerence over how the budget is kept at her locked Wabash Avenue offices that when it came time to use a new state law to try to oust her, the conclusion seemed obvious (Bangert, Based in Lafayette). That happened three weeks ago. Monday morning was the first time Fairfield Township Board members had to make a case to another body that Coles is unfit for office – in this case Tippecanoe County commissioners, the second of four stops in a new, state-approved process expected to string out into October, at least. For those following the feuds in Fairfield Township in the past year, not much presented was new. But county commissioners, looking for proof that Coles deserves to get the boot before her term is set to end in December, pressed during Monday’s hour-long hearing for details proving that the trustee had failed or refused to perform her duties – details that long ago had become familiar shorthand when Coles and her three-member board confronted each other in the past.


MARTIN COUNTY: POTTS TO HEAD EDC - The Martin County Alliance for Economic Growth Board of Directors hired local businesswoman Jessica Potts as the organization’s new executive director. The Martin County Alliance for Economic Growth is an organization charged with leading business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts in Martin County (Washington Times-Herald). Potts is excited to work with local cities and towns as well as civic organizations and Chambers of Commerce to help promote Martin County. She enjoys the challenge of getting projects completed on a budget and has a passion for bringing everyone to the table to accomplish goals. Mike Arvin, president of the Alliance board stated, “I am very excited to have Jessica Potts join the Alliance as our executive director. We have made great progress over the last year in our Martin County community and Jessica has the talent, skills and love for our community to lead us into the future.”