MYERS EXPECTS JULY INGOV ROLLOUT: State Sen. Eddie Melton brings the potential Democratic gubernatorial field to three, joining State Rep. Karlee Macer and former state health commissioner Woody Myers. None of these potential contenders are beyond the exploratory mode, though Myers told Howey Politics Indiana Wednesday, “We are moving forward. There’s a lot of work that has to be done prior to an announcement. We are looking for the right way to get this thing moving.” As Myers talked with HPI, he was in talks with his future campaign manager. He said a formal announcement will come in early July. “I’m glad others are interested,” Myers said. “The more attention this race starts to get, the better off we all are. I’m sure Eddie and Karlee will bring interesting ideas to the table.”

TARIFF DEAL ELUDES PENCE, POMPEO: Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top administration officials concluded a meeting at the White House with Mexican officials without reaching a deal to avoid tariffs on Mexican goods that President Trump has threatened to impose if the country doesn't block the flow of migrants illegally entering the U.S. (CBS News). Mr. Trump, who is traveling overseas, tweeted that "not nearly enough" progress had been made to persuade him not to impose the tariffs, which are set to go into effect June 10. "Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough! Border arrests for May are at 133,000 because of Mexico & the Democrats in Congress refusing to budge on immigration reform," the president wrote, referring to figures released Wednesday showing the number of migrants apprehended at the border in May was the highest it's been in more than a decade. Mr. Trump said talks will resume on Thursday "with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule." In a press conference, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said tariffs were not specifically discussed at Wednesday's meeting, which he said was focused on the steps Mexico will take to mitigate the migration problem. A White House official told CBS News that reaching a deal wasn't the goal for Wednesday's meeting. The meeting lasted roughly 90 minutes, two White House officials said.

BRAUN SAYS TARIFFS ENDANGER USMCA PASSAGE: The Trump administration is negotiating with Mexico this week to try and head off using tariffs as a tool to force that country to deal with illegal immigration to the U.S. Sen. Mike Braun said he's worried that using tariffs might put the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement in jeopardy (WIBC). Braun, a guest on Fox Business Channel, said in a Wednesday interview that he hopes Trump and team get the situation worked out before any threatened tariffs go into effect. "Most of us were hoping that would be what it's for and that it would be resolved before they went in place," said Braun. "I'm concerned if tariffs get put in place because the USMCA - that masterful agreement that is ready to go through, might be put it in peril. President Trump has done a great job negotiating with the Chinese, Canadians, and Mexicans, and I think here he needed to make a statement that they're not helping out on border security and I'm hoping the tariffs don't need to be used."

NEWTON COUNTY SHERIFF LAUNCHES FAIR OAKS PROBE: Police are investigating alleged animal abuse after an anti-cruelty investigative group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that's a popular destination for school field trips (AP). Miami, Florida-based Animal Recovery Mission said an investigator for the group secretly recorded the disturbing footage last year while working at Fair Oaks Farms, which Food & Wine magazine has called the "Disneyland of agricultural tourism." With about 30,000 cows, Fair Oaks is one of the largest dairy farms in the world. The group said the footage shows the "daily mistreatment of the resident farm animals" at the farm's dairies about 110 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

FAIR OAKS McCLOSKEY STATEMENT ON VIDEO: Fair Oaks Farms founder Mike McCloskey said in a statement Tuesday that four employees seen in the video have been fired and actions have been taken to prevent further abuse (Chicago Sun-Times). A fifth person shown in the video was a third-party truck driver who was transporting calves, he said. “As a veterinarian whose life and work is dedicated to the care, comfort and safety of all animals, this has affected me deeply,” McCloskey said. “I am disappointed for not being aware of this kind of awful treatment occurring, and I take full responsibility for what has happened. I also take full responsibility to correct and ensure that every employee understands, embraces and practices the core values on which our organization stands.”

HOLCOMB LAUDED FAIR OAKS FARM IN STATE OF STATE: The Fair Oaks Farm video could pose a dilemma for Gov. Eric Holcomb, who lauded Mike and Sue McCloskey during his State of the State address last January (Howey Politics Indiana). “Over the past 50 years, Mike and Sue McCloskey went from running small dairies in California to bigger dairies in New Mexico,” Holcomb said. “When they wanted to expand their business, they chose Indiana because our prime location enabled them to reach the most customers. Today, Fair Oaks has 30,000 cows and is recognized as the sustainability leader in the U.S. dairy industry.”

YOUNG SEEKS TO BLOCK SAUDI ARMS SALES: U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to announce they are introducing 22 separate Joint Resolutions of Disapproval to protect and reaffirm Congress’ role of approving arms sales to foreign governments (Howey Politics Indiana). The introductions come after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared an emergency on May 24 to waive the congressional review process for 22 separate arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE – a total of $8.1 billion. Arguing there is an increased threat from Iran, the Trump Administration invoked authorities under the Arms Export Control Act that, in certain circumstances, grant the President exceptional emergency authority to waive the statutorily-required congressional review period for arms sales. The manner in which the Administration has moved forward with these sales is unprecedented and is at odds with longstanding practice and cooperation between the Congress and the executive branch that results in the approval of billions of dollars of arms sales annually. “Congress has an essential oversight role in the decision to sell weapons and we must ensure proper procedures are in place in any weapons transfer,” said Young. “In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, we have an obligation to ensure the adequate guardrails are in place and that weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia & the United Arab Emirates do not exacerbate the conflict.”

WARREN ASSAILS BIDEN OVER HYDE AMENDMENT IN FORT WAYNE: Sen. Elizabeth Warren said at an MSNBC town hall in Fort Wayne on Wednesday night that Joe Biden is wrong for supporting a ban on federal funding for abortion and that President Donald Trump "would be carried out in handcuffs" if he were anybody else. The Massachusetts Democrat and presidential candidate took on the former vice president and 2020 frontrunner for his longstanding support for the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer-funded healthcare programs like Medicaid from paying for abortions. "Yes," Warren responded when MSNBC’s "All In" host Chris Hayes asked if Biden was wrong.  "I've lived in an America where abortions were illegal and understand this: Women still got abortions. Now, some got lucky on what happened and some got really unlucky on what happened," Warren said. "Women of means will still have access to abortions," she added. "Who won't will be poor women, will be working women, will be women who can't afford to take off three days off from work, will be very young women, will be women who’ve been raped, will be women who have been molested by someone in their own family." On President Trump, Warren said she read the full 448-page report from former special counsel Robert Muller and concluded impeachment was necessary. "I get that this is politically tough," Warren said. "But some things are bigger than politics. This matters for our democracy — not just now, but under the next president, and the next president, and the next president."

WARREN HAS VOTED FOR THE HYDE AMENDMENT: It doesn't take long to find an example of Sen. Elizabeth Warren voting for the Hyde Amendment. Take this bill, which funded a big chunk of the government last year (Politico Playbook). It included this language: "(a) None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for any abortion. (b) None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion." Warren voted for this bill twice. So did Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Eric Swalwell and others. Bernie Sanders voted no.

SUNDAY SALES NOT A BIG MONEY EARNER: The first time Keg Liquors opened its doors to customers on a Sunday more than one year ago, owner Todd Antz was skeptical. It was March 4, 2018, the day a new state law went into effect permitting the sale of carryout alcohol on Sundays (DePompei, News & Tribune). Business was brisk and customers were happy. But as far as the longterm impact on revenue, Antz skeptically speculated, "it's going to take what I made in six days and I'm going to make it in seven." He was right. "It's done exactly what I thought it would do, which is it has pulled sales from other days," Antz said by phone Tuesday, more than a year since the new law. Both Keg Liquors locations — one in Clarksville and one in New Albany — have seen a downtick in Saturday and Monday sales. But Antz said, "thankfully, for us, it's evened out." "So we're not losing money, but it has definitely cost us money to essentially make the same amount that we used to."

FIAT/CHRYSLER PULLS RENAULT MERGER OFFER:  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday withdrew its proposal to merge with Renault after the French auto maker’s alliance partner, Nissan Motor Co., declined to back the deal, according to people familiar with the matter (Wall Street Journal). Confirming the withdrawal, Fiat Chrysler said it remained convinced of the “transformational rationale” of its proposal. “However it has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully,” the Italian-American auto maker said. The French state, Renault’s top shareholder, went into a marathon board meeting Wednesday evening saying its prime condition for approving the $40 billion merger was that the deal fit within the framework of Renault’s decadeslong alliance with Nissan, the people said. Nissan’s two representatives on Renault’s board planned to abstain in the vote, the people said, raising doubts about Nissan’s commitment to preserving the alliance if the merger were to proceed, the people said. The state asked to delay a vote on the merger, prompting Fiat Chrysler to withdraw its merger proposal, the people said. “If the French tell Nissan ‘We won’t do anything without you,’ then they hold all the cards. You can’t make a merger conditional on Nissan backing it,” said a person close to Fiat Chrysler.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: There are the hinge points in history ... July 2-4, 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, July 2-4, 1863 and the Battle of Gettysburg, and 75 years ago today, D-Day, which is the closest inflection point that literally saved civilization. Without the success of D-Day, Nazi Germany would have become an atomic power within a year. Without Germany's defeat, the United States would almost certainly have faced a nuclear showdown in the years to follow. Many of us knew the men who parachuted behind enemy lines or assaulted Omaha Beach at a cost of 9,000 American lives that day. They were our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and friends. I hope our readers take some time to ponder this great sacrifice and to behold these 74 years of relative peace brought about by the Atlantic Alliance that appears to be crumbling in this era. - Brian A. Howey


INDY PRIDE TO ALLOW MERRITT TO WALK IN PARADE: Jim Merritt the candidate for mayor will not be walking in the Indy Pride parade this Saturday. However, Jim Merritt the private citizen will (WIBC). Indy Pride released a statement Tuesday after speaking with Merritt reiterating that "he was not welcome at the Indy Pride Parade and Festival." But, he is being "permitted" to walk in the parade. The statement came a couple hours after Indy Pride responded to criticism on Twitter from a national LGBTQ organization called GLAAD. Calling Merritt an "anti-LGBTQ activist" the group was outraged at reports that Merritt was scheduled to walk in the parade.

PETERSON TO BE DEM MAYORAL NOMINEE IN NEW HAVEN: Local Democrats are expected to announce Thursday Darren Peterson will run for mayor in November against Republican Steve McMichael (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). Peterson is expected to announce his candidacy at American Legion post 330. Also, Democrat Frank Sickles will announce his candidacy for New Haven's District 3 City Council seat. Political parties have until June 30 to fill ballot vacancies that weren't filled during the May 7 primary election.

Presidential 2020

BIDEN BACKS HYDE AMENDMENT: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has shunned today’s Democratic Party orthodoxy on issues from crime to compromising with Republicans, again broke with his party’s base and many of his campaign rivals on Wednesday when his campaign confirmed that he still backs the Hyde Amendment, a measure that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion with exceptions for cases involving rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger (New York Times). The backlash to Mr. Biden, who despite leading early presidential polls faces skepticism from his party’s progressive wing, came swiftly from lawmakers and activists who support abortion rights, with many noting that the Hyde Amendment disproportionately affects economically disadvantaged women and women of color. “The problem is, the Hyde Amendment affects poor women, women of color, black women, Hispanic women,” said Patti Solis Doyle, who served as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager in 2008 and has also worked for Mr. Biden. “And women of color will elect the next president of the United States.”

WARREN TAKES ON BIG CORPORATIONS IN ELKHART: Sen. Elizabeth Warren rode her heavily populist, anti-“giant corporation” message hard Wednesday at a campaign rally here, the world’s recreational vehicle manufacturing capital (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). Citing a “climate catastrophe bearing down upon us,” Warren kicked off her speech at the RV/MH Hall of Fame by unveiling a plan to create 1.2 million jobs by increasing tenfold federal funding for research and development into reducing carbon emissions with renewable energy. Any company wanting to make products from that research would have to do so in the United States. The government also would spend $1.5 trillion over 10 years in “purchasing green,” guaranteeing demand for the new products. Warren weaved attacks against corporations into her description of this economic policy. “America’s economic policy for decades now has been to let giant corporations to do pretty much whatever they want,” Warren said. “Those giant corporations, they’re not loyal to America. They’re not loyal to American workers. They’re loyal to exactly one thing: Their own profits.”

BANKS WELCOMES WARREN TO 3RD CD: U.S. Rep. Jim Banks delivered a welcome message to 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) ahead of her live televised town hall appearance in Fort Wayne (Howey Politics Indiana). Said Congressman Banks, "Senator Warren, welcome to Fort Wayne! The Green New Deal and government-run healthcare may be popular ideas at Cape Cod cocktail parties, but here in northeast Indiana, we work hard for our money. Thanks to conservative policies, The Fort Wayne area's unemployment has fallen to a staggering 2.6% and Indiana's workforce participation rate is at a record high. This reality was not an accident, but due to the bold conservative leadership that Indiana has long valued. Senator, I hope you'll enjoy our state and hospitality, and take some conservative Hoosier common-sense back with you on the campaign trail."

RNC COMMENTS ON WARREN TOWN HALL: Republican National Committee said this about Elizabeth Warren's town hall in Fort Wayne (Howey Politics Indiana): “Elizabeth Warren’s pie-in-the-sky proposals would wreak havoc on Fort Wayne and Indiana’s economy. In this manufacturing-intensive state, Warren’s opposition to the USMCA trade deal only further exacerbates the notion that she has no idea what she’s talking about. Meanwhile, Hoosiers are thriving in President Trump’s booming economy and will reward him with four more years come November 2020.”

BIDEN LEADS TRUMP IN TEXAS: A new poll out Wednesday spells danger for President Donald Trump’s reelection chances in one of the unlikeliest of places: Texas (Politico). The Quinnipiac University poll shows that Biden would top Trump by four points — 48 percent to 44 percent — in a general election matchup there, an outcome the ruby red state hasn’t seen in four decades. But even while Biden is the only Democratic presidential candidate to beat Trump in a head-to-head matchup in Texas, the poll signals trouble for the president there in that it found five other candidates within the poll’s margin of error, including homestate politicians Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro. Perhaps surprisingly, the next strongest candidate in the state was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who the poll found losing to the president by only one point, 46 percent to 45 percent. Next was South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose rising star landed him within two points of Trump in a head-to-head matchup.

TRUMP UNDER WATER IN NC: A new Emerson Poll in North Carolina finds President Trump’s popularity underwater, with 52% disapproval and 41% approval (May 31-June 3, +/-3.1%). Trump received 50% of the vote to Clinton’s 46% in 2016, carrying the Tar Heel State and its 15 electoral votes. While the President remains popular within the Republican Party - Trump leads former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld 88% to 12%- the President is tied or trailing against four of the top five Democratic opponents, faring the worst against former Vice-President Joe Biden, who is ahead of Trump 56% to 44%. In the Democratic primary, scheduled to be a part of Super Tuesday on March 3, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden leads with 39%, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders at 22% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15%. Rounding out the top 5 are Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 8% and Sen. Kamala Harris at 5% (n=397, +/-4.9%).


YOUNG OPENS OFFICE IN PENDLETON: Sen. Todd Young plans to open a mobile office in Pendleton Wednesday, offering help for anyone in need after last week's storms (WTHR-TV). The senator's team will set up for the day at American Legion Post 117 at 611 W. State Street in Pendleton. Young plans to stop by the town on Friday to survey the damage caused by last Monday's tornadoes.

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS APPROVES TRANSPORTATION ACT: The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The legislation includes money for the grant program that would help fund South Shore Line capital projects, and for a safety and infrastructure program that supports rail grade crossing improvements and congestion-reduction projects (NWI Times). U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, a committee member, said in a statement announcing passage that he is "committed to continuing to do everything possible to support investments in our transportation infrastructure, including efforts to improve the safety and efficiency of railroad crossings and the expansion and recapitalization of the South Shore rail line.”

NADLER EXPECTS MUELLER TO TESTIFY:  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that he’s “confident” special counsel Robert Mueller will come speak to Congress soon, and that he’s prepared to issue a subpoena to bring him in, if necessary (NBC News). “Let's just say that I’m confident he’ll come in soon,” Nadler said when asked where things stand on the former special counsel's testimony.

PELOSI WANTS TO SEE TRUMP 'IN PRISON': Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings (Politico). Pelosi met with Nadler (D-N.Y.) and several other top Democrats who are aggressively pursuing investigations against the president, according to multiple sources. Nadler and other committee leaders have been embroiled in a behind-the-scenes turf battle for weeks over ownership of the Democrats’ sprawling investigation into Trump. Nadler pressed Pelosi to allow his committee to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump — the second such request he’s made in recent weeks only to be rebuffed by the California Democrat and other senior leaders. Pelosi stood firm, reiterating that she isn’t open to the idea of impeaching Trump at this time. “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting. Instead of impeachment, Pelosi still prefers to see Trump defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes, according to the sources.

INTEL TO ADVISE CONGRESS ON PROBE OF FBI PROBE: The country’s No. 2 intelligence official indicated Tuesday that the clandestine community would comply with congressional requests to inform lawmakers about the extent of Attorney General William Barr's probe into the origins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign (Politico). House and Senate Intelligence committee leaders have expressed concerns to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in recent weeks that Barr will seek to declassify national security secrets, and risk exposing intelligence gathering techniques. “We spend every day being responsible both to the executive branch and to the oversight committee. I’m confident that as this unfolds, we’ll work to make sure that we can fulfill both our responsibilities,” Sue Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, told POLITICO when asked about a letter sent last week by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

General Assembly

REYNOLDS LEAVES AS SENATE FISCAL ANALYST: Policy Analytics is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. David Reynolds as Senior Vice President, expected to begin in July 2019 (Howey Politics Indiana). Mr. Reynolds is currently serving as Executive Director of the Office of Senate Fiscal Policy with principal responsibility for budget and fiscal oversight, and tax policy issues for the Indiana Senate for the last nine years. He previously served as Deputy State Budget Director and is a former Controller for the City of Indianapolis. “David Reynolds is widely respected as a thoughtful and insightful leader on governmental finance and fiscal policy issues, and we are delighted that he has decided to join the Policy Analytics team,” said Bill Sheldrake, Policy Analytics President. “David will make an immediate contribution across a wide range of issues and for a multitude of our clients, and we look forward to his arrival.”


GOVERNOR: CROUCH SCHEDULE -  Below is Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch's public schedule for June 6 - 7, 2019. Thursday, June 6, Crouch speaks at Green Park Terrace, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., with Crouch remarks at 1:10 p.m., ET, 110 E. Meridian School Rd., Indianapolis. Friday, June 7: Crouch speaks at Women in Agribusiness, Agribusiness Council of Indiana, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., ET, with Crouch joining the panel at 9:00 a.m., ET, Salesforce Tower, 1 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

AGRICULTURE: STATE VET TO TAKE PART IN FAIR OAKS PROBE - The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is working with law enforcement concerning allegations of animal abuse and mistreatment at Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana (WRTV). Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh has directed the Board of Animal Health (BOAH) staff to collaborate with local law enforcement regarding any appropriate next steps they may take, said spokeswoman Denise Derrer. The Newton County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation after the Animal Recovery Mission, a Florida-based animal welfare group, released undercover footage gathered between August and November 2018 after one of their investigators was hired as a calf care employee at the Fair Oaks Farms Prairies Edge North Barn.

JUSTICE: 7TH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS BUNCICH CONVICTION - A federal appeals court has upheld the bribery conviction of former Lake County Sheriff John Buncich (Dolan, NWI Times). The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled late Wednesday there was enough evidence to support a jury’s 2017 verdict against Buncich on two fraud and one bribery counts.

BUSINESS: OSCO PULLS FAIRLIFE PRODUCTS AFTER VIDEO - Fair Oaks Farms owns Chicago-based dairy company Fairlife, which is headquartered in the West Loop and sells a variety of ultra-filtered milk products — including Core Power protein milk shakes. Employees at Fairlife declined to comment Wednesday (Chicago Sun-Times). Jewel-Osco, the largest grocery chain in the Chicago area, said in a statement Wednesday that it was removing Fairlife products from all its 188 stores in the city and suburbs. “At Jewel-Osco we strive to maintain high animal welfare standards across all areas of our business, and work in partnership with our vendors to ensure those standards are upheld,” the grocery chain wrote. “We apologize for any inconvenience.” Tony’s Fresh Market, another supermarket with 15 locations in the Chicago area, also announced it would remove Fairlife from its shelves. “In light of the devastating news story that broke about Fairlife and Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, Tony’s Fresh Market will no longer carry Fairlife products,” the grocer said in a statement. “Thank you for voicing your concerns. We truly appreciate your understanding. Thank you for shopping with us.”

EDUCATION: TINDLEY TO DOWNSIZE CHARTER NETWORK - Prominent Indianapolis charter network Tindley Accelerated Schools will consolidate its five schools to three amid continued financial hurdles that have hindered the organization in recent years (Irish & Wang, Chalkbeat). The move comes as Tindley continues to struggle to attract students in an increasingly crowded charter field, shrinking to serve 1,300 students this year—one of its lowest enrollments since the longtime local charter network began expanding in 2012. Tindley has made several recent changes to try to draw in and retain more families, including loosening its notoriously strict discipline policies. But with decreasing enrollment and hefty loan payments, Tindley has been put on notice by its charter oversight agency to deal with its financial problems and make significant changes. “It’s really about trying to put a model in place for long-term stability,” said Tindley interim CEO Edreece Redmond, who took over in January after former leader Kelli Marshall stepped down.


WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP PAYS TRIBUTE TO D-DAY VETERANS - President Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion that helped liberate Europe and set the foundation for the modern transatlantic alliance: Trump’s remarks payed tribute to the sacrifice of thousands for liberty (Washington Post). Trump campaigned in 2016 on an “America First” platform largely at odds with many elements of the transatlantic alliance. Trump sat with his arms crossed as Macron gave a speech with a full-throated embrace of multilaterism, including praise for NATO, the United Nations and the European Union. The two men will meet later.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP CUTS KIM SLACK OVER EXECUTIONS - President Donald Trump on Wednesday hesitated to criticize the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid muddied reports that some of the country’s top representatives in nuclear talks with the U.S. had been purged or killed (Politico). Last week, a South Korean newspaper reported that Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s former spy chief and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart, had been sentenced to hard labor after February’s nuclear summit between the two countries failed to yield an agreement. According to the paper, Kim Yong Chol had been purged from the regime, an undoubtedly lighter sentence than nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Chol and four other diplomats who were reportedly executed over the breakdown of nuclear talks. Both men had been involved in talks about the summit between Trump and Kim, and Kim Yong Chol even visited the White House in January. But the reports, which are always tricky to verify due to North Korea's tight control over information, were thrown into doubt when Kim Yong Chol appeared in public Monday at a theater event with the dictator, according to state media. “I don't know the reports are correct because one of the gentlemen who we deal with, this is North Korea they’re talking about, is somebody that we know well he’s a strong man, he’s a strong person,” he told reporters.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP PREFERS TALKS WITH IRAN - President Trump said in a British TV interview broadcast on Wednesday that there was “a chance” of military action against Iran, after months of threats and an apparent de-escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington (New York Times). Mr. Trump made the remarks on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” to Piers Morgan, the show’s co-host who was the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” in the United States in 2007-8 and someone Mr. Trump considers a friend. They were aired during the third and last day of his state visit to Britain. When Mr. Morgan asked Mr. Trump whether he was considering military action against Iran, the president, who almost never rules anything out, said: “There is always a chance. Do I want to? No, I’d rather not. But there’s always a chance.” He added, “I’d much rather talk.”

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP EXPLAINS MILITARY DEFERMENT - Donald Trump, Selective Service registrant No. 50-63-46-580, never served in the military during the Vietnam War. Neither did 15 million other young American men who won student deferments or were otherwise disqualified (Washington Post). But 9 million Americans did serve during the 11-year conflict, and the cultural and political gulf that opened between them and those who avoided involvement in a bloody, unpopular and losing war remains a festering national wound half a century later. On Wednesday, as world leaders gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, an epic battle in a war that defined national consensus, President Trump said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he would have been “honored” to serve in Vietnam. “I would not have minded that at all,” Trump said to British broadcaster Piers Morgan. “I would have been honored . . . But I think I make up for it right now . . . because we’re rebuilding our military at a level that it’s never seen before.”

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP TO ADDRESS NATION ON JULY 4 - President Trump plans to address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4 as part of an overhauled Independence Day celebration that would bring a host of new security and logistical challenges, D.C. officials and the U.S. Park Police said Wednesday (Washington Post). The president had floated the idea of speaking at the nationally televised event, but his participation had not been confirmed. His appearance could reshape a decades-old, nonpartisan celebration that annually draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city’s monumental core. U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Delgado confirmed that Trump plans to speak at the memorial.

WHITE HOUSE: BORDER APPREHENSIONS RISE - New figures showed U.S. apprehensions at the southern border rose sharply, as Mexican and U.S. officials ended their first day of talks Wednesday without a deal to head off tariffs President Trump has threatened on Mexico (Wall Street Journal). “Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day,” Mr. Trump wrote Wednesday evening on Twitter. “Progress is being made, but not nearly enough!” Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the talks were cordial and that Mexico is “optimistic because we had a good meeting” and believes that tariffs can still be averted. He said both sides agreed that the current migration situation at the border must change. U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities said Wednesday they had apprehended 132,887 people at the border between official entry points in May, including a record 84,542 traveling in family groups and an additional 11,507 unaccompanied children. By the end of February, more families had been arrested in the preceding five months than in any previous 12-month period.

WHITE HOUSE: FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH ENDS - The Trump administration said Wednesday it is ending medical research by government scientists using human fetal tissue, overriding the advice of scientists that there's no other way to tackle some health problems and handing abortion opponents a major victory (CBS News). The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement that government-funded research by universities that involves fetal tissue can continue, subject to additional scrutiny. The policy changes will not affect privately funded research, officials said.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP/PENCE SCHEDULE - After their viewing of the American Cemetery in Normandy, Trump and Melania Trump will depart at 12:25 en route to a bilateral meeting and working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. They will then travel back to Doonbeg, Ireland. Vice President Mike Pence will be in Pennsylvania Thursday. He'll be talking to employees at JLS Automation in York and then head to a fundraiser for the PA GOP in Camp Hill.

STATE: POMPEO DESCRIBES VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION FACTIONS - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a candid assessment of Venezuela’s opposition during a closed-door meeting in New York last week, saying that the opponents of President Nicolás Maduro are highly fractious and that U.S. efforts to keep them together have been more difficult than is publicly known (Washington Post). “Our conundrum, which is to keep the opposition united, has proven devilishly difficult,” Pompeo said in an audio recording obtained by The Washington Post. “The moment Maduro leaves, everybody’s going to raise their hands and [say], ‘Take me, I’m the next president of Venezuela.’ It would be forty-plus people who believe they’re the rightful heir to Maduro.”

USDA: McKINNEY LAUDS TRADE PACTS - Today there is a lot of skepticism about trade agreements. Do these deals really benefit U.S. agriculture? The Colombia Free Trade agreement has been in place for close to a decade (Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today). Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney is in Colombia this week and told HAT in an interview that ethanol and popcorn are two Indiana products that have benefited from agreement. “The poultry and pork market here is growing,” he stated. “We have heard loud and clear that they have a need for No.2 yellow corn, soymeal, and other feed stocks for the livestock sector.” He added Colombia is a growing market now that that it has settled some of its  political strife. McKinney said, while there is lots of focus on Mexico and Canada as markets for U.S. farmers, there are many South American markets that represent opportunities for U.S. agriculture. “If there was a time when Venezuela would open up under whatever form of government they have, that could be a major market for the U.S.,” he said. “Venezuela was at one time the number 1 market for the U.S.” He said the CFTA is one of the best examples of a good and fair trade deal, one that truly benefits agriculture. McKinney continued to express optimism about eventual implementation of the USMCA agreement. He hopes for a deal with China, but was unable to give any specifics or reveal any new developments.

FDA: LILLY CLUSTER HEADACHE DRUG APPROVED - The FDA has approved the first drug to treat episodic cluster headaches (WTHR-TV). Cluster headaches are recurring, intense headaches that can occur several times a day during a "cluster period," which tend to last weeks. The drug Emgality is manufactured by Eli Lilly and is currently used to treat migraines. It is an injectable treatment and will be administered once a month for the length of a cluster period. It will be priced the same as migraines on per milligram basis, but the cost will vary depending on the length of treatment. For migraines, the drug costs $6,900 a year. The FDA said the most common side effect reported during the clinical trials of Emgality was injection site reactions.

BUSINESS: CLARK CHOSEN PRESIDENT OF U.S. CHAMBER - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that Suzanne P. Clark will become president of the organization and Thomas J. Donohue will stay on as CEO of the influential business lobby for another three years (Politico Playbook). "I'm not a spring chicken," Donohue said in an interview. "Part of this is to achieve two things with the same action. One is to assure our financers, our members and our governments that I am going to be here for a while. The second is to demonstrate that we have continuity of management and that we're continuing to expand and develop our organization." The board of directors plans to conduct a global search for Donohue's replacement in 2022, which will include internal and external candidates.

ILLINOIS: EMANUEL JOINS WALL STREET FIRM - Former Chicago mayor and longtime Democratic operative Rahm Emanuel will join boutique investment bank Centerview Partners LLC, bringing a Rolodex built over a 30-year political career (Wall Street Journal). Mr. Emanuel, who left office last month, will open a Chicago office for Centerview and advise clients on merger deals and other matters, he said in a joint interview Wednesday with Centerview co-founders Blair Effron and Robert Pruzan. “Our job is to help clients make big decisions,” Mr. Pruzan said. "Rahm has spent his career in the room where big decisions are being made.”


CITIES: MLK III GIVES FIERY CALL TO ACTION IN FORT WAYNE - Martin Luther King III was delayed by weather, planes and a helicopter, but the words he delivered on the Embassy Theatre stage Wednesday were a fiery call to action (Duffy, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). “Make it (this nation) the place it needs to be,” he said from the same podium where his father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., stood 56 years ago when he visited Fort Wayne. The nation was never that great, he said. “Well, maybe for some of you,” he said, as he addressed the black and white crowd who'd been waiting to hear him speak since 7 p.m. He didn't arrive at the Embassy until after 10 p.m. The Rev. Bill McGill told the audience King's flight was delayed because of weather and at one point King had to take a helicopter to continue his trip. Change will come through elections, King said, and he challenged people to make that change through a vote. “And some of us don't vote,” he said.

CITIES: INDY COUNCIL OKs $580K FOR FOOD INSECURITY - Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s new initiatives to combat food insecurity were advanced by a vote at an Indianapolis City-County Council committee meeting on Wednesday (Colombo, IBJ). The overall plan involves spending $580,000 on four programs: $140,000 on a six-month pilot program with Lyft to help shuttle Indianapolis residents in food deserts to grocery stores; $200,000 to fund a mobile grocery store that will stop in food deserts; $175,000 to launch a “food compass" app to help residents find out the nearest grocery stores or food pantries; and $65,000 to send “food advocates” to a 12-week training program. The Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee passed the proposal unanimously. It still requires approval from the full City-County Council. The initiatives were announced last week during Hogsett’s State of the City address.

CITIES: BLOOMINGTON COUNCIL BALKS AT CONTRACTOR PROTECTIONS - A majority of the Bloomington City Council abstained from a preliminary vote Wednesday on new language extending the city’s sexual harassment protections beyond employees to independent contractors, volunteers, interns and any others doing sanctioned work for the city (Christian, Bloomington Herald-Times). Instead, most council members requested additional information to learn the proper avenues for a victim alleging harassment by their superior or a human resources official, if it’s appropriate to create an independent body to review harassment investigations and what the process would be if the mayor were accused, since elected officials have protections against being fired by the city. Barbara McKinney, director of the city’s Human Rights Commission, said an increasing number of non-employee workers in the “gig economy” makes current protection gaps a major concern.

CITIES: BROWNSBURG LOSES ANNEXATION BATTLE - Brownsburg has come up empty in a six-year annexation fight. Two lower courts had already rejected Brownsburg's plan to gobble up 4,400 mostly agricultural acres, a move which would have increased the size of the town by more than 40%. A unanimous Indiana Supreme Court agrees the annexation shouldn't go forward (Berman, WIBC). To annex land, cities and towns must show the territory has an "urban character." Brownsburg conceded the land it was targeting didn't meet the legal standard for population density, and wasn't zoned for business, commercial or industrial use. That means the town had to prove either that the land was 60% "subdivided," or that it would be needed for development in the "reasonably near future" -- and state law doesn't define either of those terms. Town manager Jeff Eder says the ruling is being reviewed, and declined further comment.

CITIES: COLUMBUS GIVES CUMMINS 10-YEAR ABATEMENT - Cummins Inc. received a 10-year tax abatement for its $33 million investment in a new Electrified Power business segment in Columbus (Columbus Republic). The Columbus City Council approved the abatement for the Fortune 160 company on Tuesday, with the abatement covering new machinery and improvements to its Columbus Engine Plant, also known as Plant One, at 500 Central Ave. The company’s Electrified Power segment will be headquartered there. The $33 million investment in the 1.6-million-square-foot facility includes $30 million worth of machinery and equipment, and will create 75 new jobs by 2021. It will also retain 67 existing jobs, according to the company.

CITIES: FUEL CONTRACT WILL SAVE FORT WAYNE $200K - Fort Wayne officials say they have secured a contract that, if approved by City Council, would save taxpayers more than $200,000 in gasoline for the city fleet (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). The contract, which will be introduced to the council on June 11, locks in the rate the city will pay for fleet gasoline at $1.99 a gallon for 2020 – $0.39 less than the city is paying this year, city Purchasing Director Steve Gillette said. The 2020 contract, similar to previous years, is with Lassus Brothers Oil.  "We think we've done pretty good," Gillette said. "It's not perfect; we don't have a Waterford crystal ball."  The new contract will save a total of about $273,000. If approved by City Council, the new purchase price would take effect in January 2020.

CITIES: DREWRYS SITE OWNER DEFIES SOUTH BEND - The owner of the former Drewrys brewery site has started clearing demolition debris, despite the city’s plans to hire a firm to do the work and demolish the site’s remaining buildings (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). Phoenix-based owner Steve Durkee, who bought the land at 1408 Elwood Ave. four years ago, has angered city code enforcement staff and common council President Tim Scott, whose council district borders the site, for demolishing some of the buildings two years ago but leaving the debris there in huge piles. Durkee has claimed former code enforcement director Randy Wilkerson told him he could leave the debris on site as long as he wanted. The city in March approved spending $400,000 to clear the debris and remaining buildings — $200,000 by the council and another $200,000 by the redevelopment commission — and has solicited bids from contractors but hasn’t yet awarded a contract. Durkee has said he would sue the city if it moves forward with the work.

CITIES: COLUMBUS BUYS NEW PD CARS - The Columbus City Council has appropriated an additional $75,000 to the city police department’s vehicle replacement program (Columbus Republic). City finance director Jamie Brinegar said the cost of each vehicle increased more than the city anticipated between July 2018 and the end of the year, leaving the city $75,000 short on its budget for the replacement program. The department replaces 15 of its vehicles each year through the replacement cycle.

CITIES: GOSHEN MAYOR SIGNS EQUAL PAY PROCLAMATION - Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman has signed a proclamation designating Tuesday as Equal Pay Day (Elkhart Truth). The proclamation urges residents and employers to encourage pay equity and equal employment opportunity as a matter of simple fairness in the community. It was read during the Goshen Board of Works meeting Monday. The proclamation notes that a 2017 study of median annual earnings by state and gender for full-time, year-round workers indicated that women in Indiana earned only 73 percent of what men made for the same jobs. Indiana’s national rank was 49th, and the state equal pay laws were weak, according to the proclamation.