58% WANT TRUMP TO FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR JAN. 6: More Americans say former President Trump should face criminal charges in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to a new poll. The ABC News/Ipsos survey published on Sunday found that 58 percent of respondents said that Trump should be criminally charged, while 40 percent of respondents said that Trump should not face charges. Forty-six percent of respondents said that they believe Trump has a great deal of responsibility for the Capitol attack, and 12 percent of those surveyed said that the former president had a good amount of involvement. Seventeen percent of respondents, by comparison, said that Trump had some amount of responsibility for what transpired on Jan 6., and 24 percent of those surveyed believe that Trump has no responsibility for the Capitol insurrection. A similar ABC News-Washington Post-ABC News poll published in early May found that 52 percent of those surveyed said that Trump should be criminally charged for his role in the Jan 6. Insurrection, while 42 percent disagreed.


SCHIFF WON'T RULE OUT PENCE SUBPOENA TO TESTIFY: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that it is a possibility that the select House panel investigating Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence to testify. “We’re not excluding anyone or anything at this point,” Schiff, a member of the House panel, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified. We would still, I think, like to have several high-profile people come before our committee,” he added. “But, at the moment, I can’t disclose what private conversations may or may not be going on with respect to certain individuals. But there are still key people we have not interviewed that we would like to.”


LOFGREN SAYS TRUMP INTENDED TO 'ACCELERATE VIOLENCE AT PENCE': Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California who serves on the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, said Sunday that former President Donald Trump intended to "accelerate" violence against then-Vice President Mike Pence when he sent a tweet as the Capitol assault was underway criticizing Pence for refusing to unilaterally declare him the winner of the 2020 election. "The only conclusion you can reach is that he intended to accelerate that violence against the former vice president," Lofgren said in an interview with "Face the Nation." "We're in a very rough time in America right now, and all of us, elected officials, but also just Americans and their neighbors need to stand up for the rule of law and against political violence. It's not what America is about."


KINZINGER FEARS '24 ELECTIONS WILL BE 'A MESS': Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said Sunday he is “very worried” about the next presidential election, warning that 2024 “is going to be a mess,” citing a recent example of voting conspiracy theories taking hold (Huffpost). Speaking to ABC’s “This Week,” Kinzinger mentioned New Mexico, where a GOP-led county’s governing commission refused to certify the local election results because of unsubstantiated concerns over voting machines before a judge stepped in. The case echoes voting conspiracy theories in the 2020 election when right-wing personalities and networks accused voting software companies of using technology to skew the election in favor of Joe Biden. “This is the untold thing. We focused so much on what goes on in D.C. and Congress and the Senate,” Kinzinger said. “But when you have these election judges that are going to people that don’t believe basically in democracy, authoritarians, 2024 is going to be a mess. And wake up, America. Wake up, Republicans, because this is not going to be good for you if you think it is."


U.S. COVID CASES SURGE, BUT DEATHS DON'T: For two years, the coronavirus killed Americans on a brutal, predictable schedule: A few weeks after infections climbed so did deaths, cutting an unforgiving path across the country (New York Times). But that pattern appears to have changed. Nearly three months since an ultra-contagious set of new Omicron variants launched a springtime resurgence of cases, people are nonetheless dying from Covid at a rate close to the lowest of the pandemic. The spread of the virus and the number of deaths in its wake, two measures that were once yoked together, have diverged more than ever before, epidemiologists said. Deaths have ticked up slowly in the northeastern United States, where the latest wave began, and are likely to do the same nationally as the surge pushes across the South and West. But the country remains better fortified against Covid deaths than earlier in the pandemic, scientists said.


RUSS GRINDING AWAY AT UKRAINE IN FEROCIOUS FIGHTING: Russia’s military machine persevered in its ferocious effort to grind down Ukraine’s defenses Monday, as the war’s consequences for food and fuel supplies increasingly weighed on minds around the globe after warnings that the fighting could go on for years (AP). In Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, which in recent weeks has become the focal point of Moscow’s attempt to impose its will on its neighbor, battles raged for the control of multiple villages, the local governor said. The villages are around Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, two cities in the Luhansk region yet to be captured by the Russians, according to Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai. Russian shelling and airstrikes on the industrial outskirts of Sievierodonetsk have intensified, he said. Haidai told The Associated Press on Monday that the situation in Sievierodonetsk was “very difficult,” with the Ukrainian forces maintaining control over just one area — the Azot chemical plant, where a number of Ukrainian fighters, along with about 500 civilians, are taking shelter.


MARVELLA BAYH WAS TITLE IX'S SECRET WEAPON: Marvella Bayh made the usual trivial headlines that the wife of a senator made in the 1970s. The articles about what length dress she wore to a ritzy Washington, D.C., fundraiser, how she styled her hair and how she stayed so trim (Bewbow, IndyStar). "In a city where important decisions are often made between bites of chocolate souffles -- and dramatic announcements are delivered over calorie-filled plates of chicken a la king -- one of its most active residents, Marvella Bayh, has managed to remain a Twiggy," read an article in the Indianapolis News in 1971. Titled "Marvella: Calorie Counter." Another reporter wrote in awe at how Marvella seemed more at ease on the political front than with an omelet pan. As a recent hostess for her husband Sen. Birch Bayh Jr.'s friends, she hadn't cooked the meal, the report said, she had catered it. But behind what some saw as simply a beautiful face, a token on the arm of a U.S. senator from Indiana, was a fierce woman with her own political views. A woman who had a man she sat with at the dinner table each night who would listen. Marvella Bayh was the little-known secret weapon behind some of her husband's most groundbreaking legislation, the 25th Amendment, the 26th Amendment and, especially Title IX.


THOUANDS OF FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND: Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed over the busy Juneteenth and Father’s Day holiday weekend as airlines grappled with spotty weather and ongoing staffing issues (Wall Street Journal). More than 840 flights were canceled by midafternoon Sunday, with over 3,100 delayed, according to the flight tracking platform FlightAware. That was an improvement over Saturday, when more than 6,400 flights to, from or around the U.S. were delayed, according to FlightAware. Another 860 were canceled. New York’s three area airports, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International, had among the most domestic delays and cancellations Sunday, along with Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta and Logan Airport in Boston, according to FlightAware. Last month, U.S. airlines were forced to cancel hundreds of flights over Memorial Day weekend as a combination of severe weather and staffing challenges disrupted travel, grounding thousands of travelers.


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: I speculated in my weekly newspaper column that Mitch Daniels would probably jump at the opportunity to become Major League Baseball commissioner, with Rob Manfred's current term expiring in 2024. A reader just reminded me that NCAA President Mark Emmert is stepping down on June 30, 2023, which fits into Daniels' Purdue exit timeline. It would also put him on a similar path that former IU President Myles Brand took. - Brian A. Howey




MAYOR HOGSETT SETS OFF INGOV SPECULATION: Inside the Indiana Convention Center on Friday evening, prior to the Democratic Indianapolis mayor’s speech, a rumor circulated that Indianapolis Mayor Joe  Hogsett would make some kind of news. He delivered a fiery and partisan address—national and statewide in scope—attacking Republicans as a party gripped by fear (Wren, Importantville). “We now see an entire political apparatus being driven purely by fear,” said Hogsett, citing their opposition to the American Rescue Plan, gun reform, and LGBTQ Hoosiers. “They fear an Indianapolis pride parade where every Fortune 500 company in the state marches loudly and proudly but not one of the Republicans currently in elected office shows up,” Hogsett said. “They fear a country where the first amendment means you can’t ban books in school libraries and the second amendment doesn’t give you the right to commit murder in the name of our nation’s founders. When I ran for and was elected to statewide office, I traveled to all 92 counties introducing myself by saying: ‘My name is Joe Hogsett, and I’m from Rushville, Indiana,’ Well, thanks to my fellow Mayor Emily Styron, let me try out a new introduction tonight. “My name is Joe Hogsett. I’m an English and political science major. And I’m also the – [pause] – well, I’m the mayor of this town. Oh, I’m just getting started.”


DANIELS MUM ON FUTURE: On Saturday evening, Mitch Daniels, enjoying a vacation at the Greenbrier resort in Sulphur Springs, W.V. texted Importantville: “Sorry for the slow reply. Honestly have nothing to offer on this. Others may be thinking about all this but truthfully I’ve got other things to work on right now.”


POMPEO SAYS TRUMP WON'T FREEZE 2024 FIELD:  Former President Donald Trump is teasing crowds across the country suggesting he may run for president again in 2024. When asked whether he thinks the 2024 Republican field is frozen until Trump makes up his mind, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News "I don’t." "President Trump was perfect, perfect for 2016. We needed that kind of disruption," said Pompeo. "If I come to conclude that I'm the right person to carry that mantle forward, I will go and try and make that case to the American people starting in the great state of Iowa." Pompeo, Trump and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered the keynote speeches at the three-day Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Nashville.




MEDIA: URBAN ONE PAID $25M FOR EMMIS - Urban One will pay $25 million to acquire Emmis Communications Corp.’s Indianapolis radio stations, according to details of the deal disclosed in a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (IBJ). On Monday, Indianapolis-based Emmis announced an agreement to sell the radio stations in its home market to Maryland-based Urban One. At that time, the companies had not disclosed the sale price. The stations include WIBC-FM 93.1, WYXB-FM 105.7 (B105), WLHK-FM 97.1 (Hank FM), and WFNI-FM 93.5 and 105.5 (both known as The Fan). The deal also includes Network Indiana, which provides news, talk and spots programming to more than 70 stations in Indiana.


NCAA: OKLAHOMA DOWNS NOTRE DAME 6-2 IN CWS - The Fighting Irish fell to Oklahoma, 6-2 in their Winner’s Bracket matchup Sunday night (WNDU-TV). The Sooners drew first blood in the third inning with an RBI single, and amassed a 5-run lead before the Irish were able to get on the scoreboard. David LaManna again showed himself reliable, generating the only offense for the team tonight with a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. It’s Notre Dame’s first loss in this double-elimination portion of the College World Series, so they’re not out of it yet. However, another loss in this stage would end their season.




CARSON'S JUNETEENTH MESSAGE: U.S. Rep. André Carson: "As we come together to reflect, let us remember making today an official Federal holiday is no substitution for enacting vital reforms for Black America. And I pledge to continue working hard in Congress to enact those changes."




WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN BLAMES GAS PRICES FOR INFLATION -  President Joe Biden sat down with The Associated Press to discuss the state of the economy, his concerns about the national mood and his commitment to standing up to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine (AP). Biden on Thursday blamed gas prices for the nation’s economic pessimism, saying before prices started rising, “Things were much more, they were much more optimistic.” The Democratic president acknowledged that Americans are paying vastly more to put food on their table and fuel in their cars and that it was putting a dent in his approval rating. “If you want a direct barometer of what people are going to talk about at the kitchen table and the dining room table and whether things are going well, it’s the cost of food and what’s the cost of gasoline at the pump,” he said.


INTERIOR: YELLOWSTONE NP TO PARTIALLY REOPEN -  Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists (ABC News). The Park Service announced Saturday that visitors will once again be allowed on the park’s southern loop under a temporary license plate system designed to manage the crowds: Those with even-numbered plates and motorcycle groups will be allowed on even-numbered days, and those with odd-numbered or vanity plates on odd-numbered days. Commercial tours and visitors with proof of overnight reservations at hotels, campgrounds or in the backcountry will be allowed in whatever their plate number.


MEDIA: COLBERT CREW DETAINED IN CAPITOL - Several members of a production crew for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" were detained Thursday night in a congressional office building near the U.S. Capitol, CBS said Friday. The group was filming a comedy segment when they were taken into custody, the company said (CBS News). U.S. Capitol Police told CBS News that officers responded to a "call for a disturbance" at 8:30 p.m. at the Longworth House Office Building, where they detained seven people who were "unescorted and without Congressional ID" in a sixth-floor hallway. After determining the group were not Congressional employees — and had been asked to leave the building earlier in the day — they were charged with unlawful entry. Police said a criminal investigation is ongoing and could lead to more charges. 


TEXAS: GOP CONVENTION LURCHES TO THE RIGHT - Meeting at their first in-person convention since 2018, Texas Republicans on Saturday acted on a raft of resolutions and proposed platform changes to move their party even further to the right (Texas Tribune). They approved measures declaring that President Joe Biden “was not legitimately elected” and rebuking Sen. John Cornyn for taking part in bipartisan gun talks. They also voted on a platform that declares homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice” and calls for Texas schoolchildren “to learn about the humanity of the preborn child.” The actions capped a convention that highlighted how adamantly opposed the party’s most active and vocal members are to compromising with Democrats or moderating on social positions, even as the state has grown more diverse and Republicans’ margins in statewide elections have shrunk slightly in recent years.


TEXAS: REP. CRENSHAW ASSAULTED AT GOP CONVENTION - After multiple individuals started an altercation with Rep. Dan Crenshaw and his staff in a hotel at the Republican Party of Texas convention on Saturday, the congressman called out ringleader Alex Stein in a tweet describing him as an “angry little boy” (Mediaite). In two videos from the event, Stein and other individuals can be seen shouting things like “Eyepatch McCain” — an insult coined by Fox News host Tucker Carlson — and calling him a traitor. One individual says Crenshaw needs to be hung. A witness told Mediaite that there not only was there shouting and jostling, but shoving and hitting people with cameras, and a female staffer was ” pushed aggressively into a pillar,” part of which can be seen in the video. Crenshaw responded on Twitter, calling out Stein by tagging him in the tweet. “This is what happens when angry little boys like @alexstein99 don’t grow up and can’t get girlfriends,” Crenshaw tweeted.


MLB: BREWERS TOP REDS 6-3 -  Victor Caratini and Hunter Renfroe hit two-run homers as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Sunday for their third straight win (ESPN). The Brewers swept the three-game series and have won five of their last seven. Milwaukee took a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning before Renfroe hit his 13th home run, a drive into the upper deck in left field off reliever Joel Kuhnel.


MLB: BRAVES BLANK CUBS 6-0 - Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves are going home after a successful road trip (ESPN). All they want is more of the same. "Hopefully we're as hot as the weather there," a grinning Anderson said. "It's going to be hot." Anderson pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Matt Olson hit a career-high three doubles and Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday, salvaging the finale of their weekend series.


MLB: ASTROS TOP WHITE SOX 4-3 - Rookie J.J. Matijevic homered for his first major league hit and Mauricio Dubón added a two-run shot to power the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night (ESPN). The Astros bounced back from a 7-0 shutout Saturday to get a 2-1 series win. The victory breaks a tie between Houston manager Dusty Baker and Chicago manager Tony La Russa, giving the 73-year-old Baker a 106-105 edge against the 77-year-old La Russa in regular-season matchups dating to 1996.


Sunday Talk


RASKIN CALLS PENCE A 'HERO': Rep Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said on Sunday that former Vice President Mike Pence was a hero on Jan 6, 2021, for resisting pressure to overturn the 2020 election from former President Trump and his allies. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” moderator Chuck Todd asked Raskin, a member of the select House panel investigating Jan. 6, if he considers Pence a hero for defying Trump’s orders.  “Well, you know, in a time of absolutely scandalous betrayal of people’s oaths of office and crimes being committed all over the place, somebody who does their job and sticks to the law will stand out as a hero on that day,” Raskin replied. “And I think on that day he was a hero for resisting all of the pressure campaigns and the coercive efforts to get him to play along with this continuation of ‘the big lie,’ this big joke that he could somehow call off all the proceedings himself,” Raskin added.


UPTON SAYS TRUMP WILL BE 'HARD TO STOP': Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who voted to impeach then-President Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, said on Sunday he believes Trump will run again in 2024 and that voters “still like him a lot.” Upton predicted to CNN “State of the Union” co-anchor Dana Bash that the former president will be difficult to beat if he pursues a third bid for the White House amid high prices at the pump and other economic challenges. “He’s had a number of decisive wins where he’s endorsed candidates that they have won,” Upton said of Trump. “He’s had a few losses as well, but he certainly entertains a majority of the Republican base and will be hard to stop.”


KINZINGER BELIEVES TRUMP IS GUILTY: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on Sunday that former President Trump knows he is guilty for his actions ahead of the Jan 6, 2021, attack by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” moderator George Stephanopoulos asked Kinzinger, a member of the House select committee investigating the riot, if Trump should be prosecuted. “I certainly think the president is guilty of knowing what he did, seditious conspiracy, being involved in these, you know, kind of different segments of pressuring the [Department of Justice], vice president, et cetera,” Kinzinger told Stephanopoulos.


LOFGREN SAYS DOJ MUST MAKE OWN DECISION ON TRUMP: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, argued on Sunday that it is not the role of Congress to make prosecutorial decisions as the Department of Justice (DOJ) faces mounting pressure to file charges against former President Trump in connection with the rioting. When asked by moderator Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation” if the committee is laying a roadmap for the DOJ to prosecute Trump, Lofgren said the committee’s scope is limited to “laying out facts” and proposing legislative remedies. “The Department of Justice has to make its own decision,” Lofgren said. “We’re laying out facts, they can see it. But I’m sure they have access to other information, because they’ve got grand juries, meeting with various defendants.”


YELLEN DOESN'T SEE 'INEVITABLE' RECESSION: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday that she doesn’t think a “recession is inevitable,” although she does expect the economy to slow. “I expect the economy to slow,” Yellen told moderator George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s been growing at a very rapid rate. … The labor market has recovered, and we have reached full employment.” “It’s natural now that we expect a transition to steady and stable growth,” Yellen added.


SUMMERS 'BEST GUESS' IS A RECESSION: Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said on Sunday that his “best guess” is there will be a recession in the U.S. amid growing concerns about inflation. “Look, nothing is certain, and all economic forecasts have uncertainty. My best guess is that a recession is ahead,” Summers told moderator Chuck Todd during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I base that on the fact that we haven’t had a situation like the present with inflation above 4 percent and unemployment beyond 4 percent without a recession following within a year or two.” Summers also told Todd it’s likely “that in order to do what’s necessary to stop inflation, the Fed is going to raise interest rates enough that the economy will slip into recession.” 


GRANHOLM SAYS BIDEN WILL MEET WITH MSB: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in an interview on Sunday that she thinks President Biden will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the president’s controversial upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia. When asked during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” if Biden would meet the crown prince, Granholm said that she believed he would. “I think he will meet with the Saudi crown prince.” Granholm said. When asked specifically about a one-on-one meeting between the president and the crown prince, the energy secretary said that it was her understanding that the leaders would be meeting. “But there’s a series of meetings around energy overall. The Saudis are very interested, for example, in developing an expertise around hydrogen, clean hydrogen production. So I think there’s a series of topics related to energy on the table,” Granholm added.


SEN. LEE CALLS GUN NEGOTIATIONS 'DANGEROUS': Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Sunday criticized the recent bipartisan framework on gun-related legislation principles, calling for additional “transparency” as lawmakers attempt to find agreement on legislative text. “There still is no deal, and yet we continue to be asked by colleagues, by constituents, by reporters, ‘Are you supporting the bill?'” Lee said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is a very dangerous way to legislate,” he told guest host Shannon Bream. “Behind closed doors — you need the transparency of a public conversation with bill text in front of you.” “I personally refuse to indicate whether I or how I will vote on a bill until after I’ve seen the text because there are a lot of things that can go wrong,” Lee added.


REP. JACKSON LEE SAYS JUNETEETH 'MOMENT OF GREAT EMOTION': Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who helped lead efforts to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, said on Sunday that this year’s celebration is a moment to reflect on both the “jubilation of freedom” and the “brutality of slavery.” “It is a moment of great emotion,” Jackson Lee told co-anchor Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It is a moment of passion and compassion because slavery was enormously brutal,” she continued. “And the discussion and information and history about slavery has not been at the center point of America’s story.”




FORT WAYNE: COOLING STATIONS TO OPEN TUESDAY - The City of Fort Wayne today announced the lobby of the Foellinger- Freimann Botanical Conservatory will serve as a cooling station due to high temperatures and heat indices forecasted to impact our area (Howey Politics Indiana). The cooling station will be available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is located at 1100 S. Calhoun St. in downtown Fort Wayne. Also, The Salvation Army will serve as a cooling station from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The Salvation Army is located at 2901 N. Clinton St.


LAKE COUNTY: 911 CONSOLIDATION MULLED - Every minute, Lake County is abuzz with frequencies constantly communicating amidst the chaos of crashes, fires, pursuits and calls for help. While most people are unaware of these frequencies, they serve as a lifeline between dispatchers, police, first responders and citizens in distress (Ortiz, NWI Times). Now, they are at the center of debate between Region law enforcement leaders and the Lake County 911 center. As Lake County 911 Executive Director Mark Swiderski moves to consolidate four departments onto two channels in the near future, police departments have recently raised the alarm on officer safety concerns. Under this plan, Merrillville and Crown Point will share a channel and Lake Station and Hobart will share a channel. As of now, Swiderski said, one dispatcher handles two of the aforementioned channels at the same time, with a different department communicating in each ear. For example, the dispatcher has Hobart police communications in one earpiece and Lake Station police in the other, and the same with Merrillville and Crown Point police departments.


MARION COUNTY: INMATE KILLED AT DETENTION CENTER — An inmate in Marion County is dead. Around 10 o’clock Sunday night, homicide detectives from Indianapolis Metro Police were called to the Marion County Adult Detention Center (WIBC). Detectives believe one inmate assaulted another, ending in that other inmate losing his life. Details are still scarce, but more info should be released later Monday morning.