PENCE ANNOUNCES TURKISH CEASE FIRE: Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States has convinced Turkey to agree to a ceasefire in Syria (Politico). Speaking in Ankara after more than five hours of talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pence said the two countries "have both mutually committed to a peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone, working on an international basis to ensure that peace and security defines this border region of Syria." Pence said that Turkey and the United States had committed to "defeat ISIS activities in north Syria," including an agreement to "coordinate efforts on detention facilities and internally displaced persons in formerly ISIS-controlled areas."

PENCE SAYS ERDOGAN 'KNOWS WHAT' TRUMP MEANS: Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News in an exclusive interview Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "knows President Trump says what he means what he says" about Trump's threat to slap sanctions on Turkey if its military defies the terms of a cease-fire meant to halt Ankara's offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The five-day cease-fire is meant to buy time for Kurdish-led forces to pull back from a so-called "safe zone" of an undefined size that will be controlled by the Turkish military. Turkey says it will commit to a permanent cease-fire once the Kurds are cleared from the safe zone, but is under no obligation to withdraw its troops. In addition, the deal gives Turkey relief from sanctions the administration had imposed and threatened to increase, meaning there will be no penalty for the operation. Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts noted to Pence that Trump had threatened to "ruin" Turkey's economy in the days after the offensive was launched. "Did he [the president] have the means to do it?" Roberts asked. "Because there are many analysts who said that the sanctions that he announced earlier this week wouldn't do it." "John, we had an entire package of sanctions that the president was prepared to implement immediately if we had not been able to come to an agreement on a case-fire," Pence said. "But the good news is that we did, and that's because of the strong stand that President Trump took in the way that he engaged President Erdogan."

TRUMP SAYS KURDS SAFE; TURKEY WON'T HAVE TO KILL MILLIONS: Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon at a Dallas-area airport, President Trump called the US-announced ceasefire in Turkey an "incredible outcome" that saved lives (Real Clear Politics). "When those guns start shooting, they tend to do things, but I will tell you, on behalf of the United States I want to thank Turkey, I want to thank all of the people that have gotten together and made this happen," Trump said. "I want to thank everybody. And the other thing I want to thank as a group, I want to thank the Kurds, because they were incredibly happy with this solution. This is a solution that really -- well it saved their lives, frankly. It saved their lives," the president said. Trump later tweeted: "Great news out of Turkey. News Conference shortly with @VP and @SecPompeo. Thank you to @RTErdogan. Millions of lives will be saved!"

PENCE'S 'CEASE FIRE' CEMENTS TURKISH GAINS: The cease-fire agreement reached with Turkey by Vice President Mike Pence amounts to a near-total victory for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who gains territory, pays little in penalties and appears to have outmaneuvered President Trump (New York Times). The best that can be said for the agreement is that it may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. But the cost for Kurds, longtime American allies in the fight against the Islamic State, is severe: Even Pentagon officials were mystified about where tens of thousands of displaced Kurds would go, as they moved south from the Turkey-Syria border as required by the deal — if they agree to go at all. And the cost to American influence, while hard to quantify, could be frightfully high. In the 11 days between Mr. Trump’s fateful phone call with Mr. Erdogan and the trip to Ankara by Mr. Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, the United States has ceded ground in Syria — including American bases — to the Russian-backed Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad. And it has shaken the faith of American allies that, in a time of stress, Washington will have their back. “This just looks like a complete cave-in by the United States to everything the Turks demanded,” said Eric S. Edelman, a former ambassador to Turkey and a senior Defense Department official in the George W. Bush administration. “I don’t see what the Turks gave up.”

SHELLING RESUMES HOURS AFTER 'CEASE FIRE': A day-old deal between the U.S. and Turkey that led to a brief lull in the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria appeared shaky Friday, as fighting flared in the border region with each side blaming the other for the resumption in violence (Wall Street Journal). On Thursday, the U.S. and Turkey agreed that Ankara would suspend military operations so Kurdish fighters could lay down arms and leave the area. But sporadic clashes, drone strikes and artillery shelling resumed overnight and increased into Friday morning around the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, according to people living in the area and a commander and a media officer with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF. One strike hit a hospital in Ras al-Ain, according to the Kurdish Red Crescent. SDF commanders appealed for a pause in fighting. “As part of the agreement the clashes must stop and the strikes must stop,” said the SDF commander Khabour Akaad. “But until now it hasn’t stopped.”

DEAL GIVES PENCE A BREAK FROM INFERNO: At home, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are under siege (Politico). The White House is not cooperating with the impeachment inquiry. A handful of the State Department’s career employees are in revolt, testifying to Congress that elements in and around the administration are engaged in rogue diplomacy. Congress is uniformly opposed to Trump’s foreign policy in Syria, and Republicans have broken away in droves. Yet here, in this capital city, the Trump administration was able to notch a modest victory: a temporary end to the bloodshed in Syria. Over more than four hours of negotiations — some 90 minutes of which was Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan one-on-one — the two sides agreed to a pause in violence for 120 hours so that Kurdish forces could withdraw from a “safe zone” along the border. The United States agreed it would hold off on new sanctions, and remove existing sanctions once Turkey complied with the agreement. Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 22 — exactly five days from now. In some sense, the bar was set quite low. The United States is not reengaging militarily in Syria, Pence said, speaking from the American ambassador’s residence here. He put his modest charge this way: “President Trump sent us here to end the violence and to achieve an immediate cease-fire. Thanks to the agreement that we negotiated today and the strong stand that President Trump took, in the preceding days, we've achieved that.”

MULVANEY ACKNOWLEDGED UKRAINE QUID PRO QUO: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted was Kiev’s assistance to Democrats during the 2016 election (New York Times). The declaration by Mr. Mulvaney undercut Mr. Trump’s repeated denials of a quid pro quo that linked security aid for Ukraine’s battle against Russian-backed separatists to Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated theory that a server with missing Democratic emails was being held by a company based in Ukraine. A former White House homeland security adviser had told Mr. Trump repeatedly that the theory had been “completely debunked.” But Mr. Trump demanded Ukraine take a look, Mr. Mulvaney said. “The look-back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation,” Mr. Mulvaney told reporters, referring to Mr. Trump. “And that is absolutely appropriate.” He said that administration officials initially withheld the aid because “everybody knows this is a corrupt place,” and the president was demanding Ukraine clean up its own government. But, Mr. Mulvaney added, “Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the D.N.C. server? Absolutely. No question about that.” “But that’s it,” he concluded, “and that’s why we held up the money.”

MULVANEY REVERSES QUID PRO QUO COMMENT: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday revised remarks he made in a press briefing earlier in the day, now maintaining that there had been no quid pro quo between the hold the administration put on aid to Ukraine and Ukraine’s cooperation on an investigation into allegations surrounding a Democratic National Committee server in 2016 (Wall Street Journal). Mr. Mulvaney said in a statement late Thursday afternoon that the aid was held over concerns about a lack of financial support from other nations, especially in Europe, for Ukraine. He had cited that rationale in the earlier briefing before adding that the server was an issue that the president wanted investigated before aid was forthcoming. “There was never any condition on the flow of aid related to the matter of the DNC server,” Mr. Mulvaney said in the later statement. Mr. Mulvaney’s earlier comments represented the first time the White House had acknowledged a link between the aid and investigations the president wanted Ukraine to pursue. He said then that Mr. Trump’s concerns about corruption in Ukraine—including an unfounded suspicion the president has expressed that the hacked DNC server from the 2016 U.S. election has since been hidden in Ukraine—were partly responsible for Mr. Trump’s order to withhold nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine in July.

GEN. MATTIS RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S INSULT WITH BONE SPUR RETORT: Ex-Trump administration defense secretary and retired Marine Corps general Jim Mattis had kept quiet about his former commander-in-chief — but he couldn’t bear staying silent over President Trump’s comment that he is “the world’s most overrated general” (New York Daily News). “I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress,” Mattis joked Thursday night at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, hosted by the Archdiocese of New York. “So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals and frankly that sounds pretty good to me," Mattis said. "And you do have to admit between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories.” Mattis also jabbed at Trump for avoiding the military draft in the Vietnam era by presenting a doctor’s finding that bone spurs in his feet barred him from service. “I earned my spurs on the battlefield ... And Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor,” Mattis said.

IMA'S BURTON CONCERNED ABOUT TARIFFS, TWEETS: When Indiana manufacturers worry about the effect of President Trump's trade wars, they're thinking about more than tariffs (Berman, WIBC). Where you stand on tariffs depends in part on where you sit -- businesses which rely on steel are more likely to worry about tariffs driving up prices. But Indiana Manufacturers Association president Brian Burton says what concerns him is, in his words, having to check Twitter to see what American trade policy is that day. He says when businesses can't be sure where trade policy will zigzag next, they're less likely to commit new investment. Tory Flynn with Hillenbrand says tariffs and trade wars are not synonymous. For companies like Hillenbrand which do business globally, the trade war's effects on immigration policy and regulatory changes abroad are also considerations.

COATS REJOINS KING & SPAULDING: King & Spalding announced that former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has rejoined the firm as a senior policy advisor on the firm’s National Security team in Washington, D.C., to advise clients about the rapidly evolving national security landscape and immediate implications for their businesses (CityBiz). He also will help clients navigate the emerging tools and processes employed by the U.S. and other governments to mitigate national security threats. And, as a former senior member of the Senate, he will help clients understand and navigate the congressional landscape. “Our clients around the world benefit from the insight of our team’s many former top government officials, who have the most current perspectives on how the U.S. government is approaching national security, trade, enforcement and regulations,” said Robert D. Hays, chairman of King & Spalding. “Dan builds on that, with his ability to counsel clients who are making high-level strategic decisions and navigating evolving U.S. government expectations concerning national security protections.”

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The Trump White House is utterly brazen, with acting COS Mick Mulvaney acknowledging (read the transcript) the Ukraine "quid pro quo" with cameras rolling in the White House Briefing Room on Thursday. Mulvaney acknowledged the White House held up nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to further President Trump's political interests. He backtracked, telling the press to "get over it." The "smoking transcript" has morphed into the "smoking presser." As for Vice President Pence's "cease fire" with Turkey, let's see where this ends up in a couple days. - Brian A. Howey


SMITH, HENRY FOCUS ON 'QUALITY OF LIFE': Fort Wayne's commitment to the arts was center stage Thursday in the Auer Auditorium at Purdue University Fort Wayne as Democratic Mayor Tom Henry and Republican challenger Tim Smith participated in a forum to discuss the Summit City's quality of life (Gong, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). When he thinks about quality of life in Fort Wayne, Smith said he thinks about trying to “lift every life.” That means going beyond new buildings, restaurants, parks and trails, he said. Quality of life matters little if the city is not safe, smart and prosperous, Smith added. “It doesn't matter where you live, which side of town, where you work, what your heritage is, everybody in our community needs to benefit equally from quality-of-life improvements in Fort Wayne,” he said. Quality of life goes beyond bricks and mortar or money, Henry said. “To me, quality of life is your health, quality of life is your happiness, quality of life is your comfort level,” he said. As mayor, Henry said he can provide access to parks and downtown or contribute to neighborhood infrastructure. But the city needs to focus beyond that.  “Those are basic components of city management that every mayor should be providing,” Henry said. “We need to take that beyond the norm, because that's what employers are looking for any more.”

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE ENDORSES MUELLER: The South Bend Tribune endorsed James Mueller for mayor: "There’s no incumbent in this year’s South Bend mayoral campaign, but at times it’s felt like there’s one. Republican Sean Haas’ campaign against Democrat James Mueller has often focused on his differences with and criticisms of Mayor Pete Buttigieg. For his part, Mueller, who has served as chief of staff and executive director of community investment for Buttigieg, his childhood friend, has touted the accomplishments of the administration. Mueller acknowledges that he “inherits the good and the bad” of his work with Buttigieg, who endorsed him. He told primary voters that he would continue the work of the Buttigieg administration. His message to general election voters is that he’s also his own man and that he has learned from any missteps of the last eight years.

HOSETT DEFENDS TAX PROPOSAL: Mayor Hogsett's proposal to put money in a pot for redistribution to pay for road upkeep is not widely accepted. He acknowledged that in an interview with WIBC News. He said he's glad that at least mayors and leaders in central Indiana are talking about it (WIBC). "You would have winners and you would have some losers," said the mayor, whose running for a second term as a Democrat. "In other words, there are counties that according to that kind of distribution, would contribute more than they would receive in return, which is in some measure...why my proposal is not universally applauded. Yet." The mayor explained his proposal after pointing out that Indy's streets are used by 200,000 people who drive into the city each day from outside Marion County. "When they go home at night they take all the income tax with them."

WRUBLE ELECTED ST. JOE DEMOCRAT CHAIR: St. Joseph County Democratic Party precinct chairs and vice chairs Wednesday night elected attorney Stan Wruble as the party’s next chair (South Bend Tribune). Wruble, 47, replaces Joe Canarecci, a stock broker, financial planner and county council member who recently resigned as chair after holding the job for eight months because the Iowa-based firm he brokers for determined the party chair position could pose a potential conflict of interest. In a caucus of 187 voters, Wruble defeated Drew Duncan, who works for a car rental firm, and Chris Springer, a representative with Indiana/Ohio/Kentucky Regional Carpenters. “Together we are going to stop what the Republican Party is doing to this country,” Wruble, a former South Bend Community School Corp. board member, told a packed UAW Local 5 hall. “We are the party of the environment ... of gay rights and lesbian rights and transexual rights... of equal justice under the law.”

Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG, KLOBACHAR RAISE $1M AFTER DEBATE: After the fourth Democratic debate, at least a few of the presidential candidates received financial validation (CBS News). Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders' campaigns are all reporting significant fundraising boosts for the 24-hour period following the primetime event in Ohio on Tuesday. During that time, Klobuchar raised $1.1 million in donations, which amounts to nearly 25% of what she raised from July through September, according to her campaign. It was not only her campaign's best day in online fundraising to date, her team also gained more new supporters than on any other day.

TRUMP SURROGATES TALK, INCLUDING COACH HOLTZ: The Trump campaign held a conference call Wednesday with dozens of surrogates to offer an update on the president's reelection efforts and to assess the Democratic field after the fourth Democratic debate. One key talking point: Campaign officials were quick to note that Joe Biden is spending money so quickly that he ended September with less than $9 million in the bank, according to a person familiar with the call (Politico Playbook). Surrogates on the call included former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, who endorsed Trump in May 2016, and African American media personalities Diamond and Silk, who pressed campaign officials to do more to respond to people who claim Trump supports white supremacy, the person said. The campaign declined to comment.


PELOSI WON'T COMMIT TO IMPEACHMENT TIMELINE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday declined to place a timeline on the impeachment process, pushing back on questions about whether it would wrap up before the 2020 election (ABC News). "I keep saying to people impeachment is about the truth and the Constitution and the United States. Any other issues you have with the president ... that's about the election," Pelosi said. "That has nothing to do with what is happening in terms of honoring our oath of office."

ROMNEY RAISES TRUMP/TURKEY QUESTION: Sen. Mitt Romney delivered perhaps the most thorough Republican rebuke of President Trump’s Syria withdrawal Thursday, calling Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds there “a bloodstain on the annals of American history” (Washington Post). But while that line will get a lot of play, there’s something else Romney said that shouldn’t escape notice. He also floated a theory about how Trump arrived at the decision: that he got bullied into it by Turkey and that he backed down. “It’s been … suggested that Turkey may have called America’s bluff, telling the president they are coming no matter what we did,” said Romney, of Utah. “If that’s so, we should know it. For it would tell us a great deal about how we should deal with Turkey, now and in the future.” Romney then returned to the idea that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have given Trump an ultimatum that was met with acquiescence. “Are we so weak and inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America? Turkey!?” Romney said. “I believe that it’s imperative that public hearings are held to answer these questions, and I hope the Senate is able to conduct those hearings next week.”

SONDLAND BREAKS WITH TRUMP: Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, broke sharply from President Donald Trump on Thursday, telling House impeachment investigators that he opposed the president’s request to run Ukraine policy through his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. “We were also disappointed by the president’s direction that we involve Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland told congressional investigators, according to his opening statement, which was obtained by POLITICO. Sondland testified that he contacted Giuliani anyway at Trump’s direction after a May 23 meeting at the White House, and that Giuliani drew a direct link between scheduling a White House visit for Ukraine’s newly elected president and demands that Ukraine prioritize investigations targeting Trump’s political rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. “Mr. Giuliani emphasized that the president wanted a public statement from President [Volodymyr] Zelensky committing Ukraine to look into anti-corruption issues,” Sondland said.

CONGRESS APPROVES LUGAR POST OFFICE: The naming of a downtown Indianapolis post office in honor of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has now been approved by both houses of Congress (Fox59). The U.S. House endorsed the proposal in a unanimous voice vote on Wednesday after the Senate approved it in July. All nine of Indiana’s House members and both senators joined together on legislation naming the postal branch a few blocks north of Monument Circle in the city where Lugar was mayor before his 36-year Senate tenure. The proposal follows Lugar’s death in April at age 87. Democratic Rep. Andre Carson praised the Republican Lugar’s bipartisan work, most prominently helping spur the post-Cold War dismantling of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons.

YOUNG SIGNS SALMON LETTER: U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) led a letter signed by members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation to President Trump and Vice President Pence this week expressing concern with efforts to block production of bioengineered salmon, an action that would negatively impact the state of Indiana and the future of biotechnology (Howey Politics Indiana). Bioengineered salmon was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, which has started production at a land-based contained facility in Albany, Indiana. In addition to Senator Young, the letter was also signed by Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Representatives Greg Pence (R-IN-06), Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN-08), Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01), Susan W. Brooks (R-IN-05), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-09), Jim Banks (R-IN-03), and James R. Baird (R-IN-04). “If this provision is enacted, Hoosiers will see an immediate and detrimental impact.  Dozens of jobs will be terminated, 160,000 healthy fish will be destroyed, and millions of dollars invested in transportation and infrastructure will be wasted.  AquaBounty’s investment has spurred much-needed economic vitality in this rural and underserved region of our state,” said the letter.

SENATE FAILS WALL OVERRIDE: The Senate could not muster enough votes this afternoon to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a measure that would nullify his February order to shift $3.6 billion toward construction of the border wall (Politico). The override failed 53-36. The support of at least two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers is required to nix a veto.

General Assembly

TESTIMONY HEARD ON NURSINGS: Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday about allowing nurses in Indiana to treat patients independently. It’s an issue lawmakers have explored for the past few years (Sheridan, Indiana Public Media). In Indiana, advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs have to operate within a doctor’s practice. The push to allow independent practice is offered as a way to address the shortage of health care professionals says Tay Kopanos, with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. “This is a way we can improve health care choice and options for people around the country,” Kopanos says. But doctors have pushed back on this notion. Dr. William Kobler, a member of the American Medical Association, showed a map that indicates APRNs in states that have opened up practice, don’t go to rural areas.  “Both tend to practice in the same large urban areas,” Kobler says. There are 22 states that allow APRN’s full practice authority.


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED FOR CUMMINGS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be immediately flown at half-staff in memory of U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. Flags should be flown at half-staff now until sunset on Friday, October 18. Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

STATEHOUSE: HILL ANNOUNCES $116M SETTLEMENT - Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced a multistate settlement involving 41 states and the District of Columbia requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc. to pay nearly $116.9 million for their deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices (Howey Politics Indiana). A multistate investigation found the companies violated state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of the devices and failing to sufficiently disclose risks associated with their use. Indiana will receive more than $4.4 million under the settlement. “My office will continue to hold accountable companies that cause harm to consumers through improper practices,” said Attorney General Hill. “Women in Indiana and across the country have suffered as a result of the actions of Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc.” Transvaginal surgical mesh is a synthetic material that is surgically implanted through the vagina to support the pelvic organs of women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Evidence shows the companies were aware of the possibility for serious medical complications but did not provide sufficient warnings to consumers or surgeons who implanted the devices.

INDOT: MORE WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES -  Indiana Department of Transportation road crews will put the barrels back out along Indianapolis highways this weekend (WTHR-TV). At least five active work zones will dramatically restrict travel through the weekend. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead or find an alternate route around I-465 on the north side of Indianapolis. Some work depends on the weather. Lane Restrictions Both directions of I-65 from I-465 to Southport Rd. will have one lane open starting at 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. On the north side, I-465 westbound will be down to one lane from the White River bridge to College Ave. starting at 8 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. On the east side, I-465 northbound will close down all but one lane north of the I-70 interchange up to 56th St. starting Friday at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday. Interstate 69 and Binford Boulevard will see intermittent closures involving two in both directions between 75th Street up to State Road 37. Those closures are scheduled to run from 7 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday. In Boone County, I-865 will have one lane open in each direction from 4 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Saturday. On the northwest side, crews will close the three right lanes of I-465 southbound from the I-65 interchange to 56th St. starting at 8 p.m Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. Both directions of I-465 will see intermittent lane closures for striping work from 96th St. over to U.S. 31/Meridian St. starting Saturday morning through 7 a.m. Monday. Work continues on I-65 between Little Eagle Creek to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. on the northwest side. One lane is open northbound and two lanes southbound until the end of October.

ECONOMY: NE INNOVATION CENTER GETS $200K GRANT - The Foellinger Foundation has awarded the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne nearly $280,000 through the foundation’s Breakthrough Fund. The fund was created to support projects that better Allen County and address a social challenge in ways that are feasible, measurable and sustainable (Inside Indiana Business). In July 2019, a panel of judges selected the NIIC to proceed to the Breakthrough Fund’s Realize Phase, with a full funding recommendation of $279,900.  The NIIC’s proposed project would encourage and support underdeveloped talent in historically marginalized communities to fully participate in economic prosperity and social well-being through “grassroots” entrepreneurship.

MILITARY: AM GENERAL, CHRYSLER TO PARTNER ON JEEP - AM General has partnered with Fiat Chrysler to develop a military-grade version of the Jeep Gladiator pickup truck (South Bend Tribune). The concept vehicle was introduced at an Army exposition earlier this week in Washington. The Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck is the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War II. “We are extremely excited to partner with FCA and introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck at AUSA,” AM General President and CEO Andy Hove said in a release. “This new venture gives us an opportunity to showcase our expertise in light tactical vehicles and help FCA maximize the Gladiator’s global reach and potentially enter new military markets.”


WHITE HOUSE: ISIS RACES TO RECONSTITUTE IN SYRIAN VOID - The Islamic State is racing to capitalize on the deteriorating security situation in northern Syria, stepping up attacks on prisons as well as on the now-weakened Kurdish militia that served as the vanguard in the U.S.-led war against the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate, intelligence officials and terrorism experts say (Washington Post). Despite Thursday’s announced cease-fire, Turkey’s week-old incursion into northeast Syria is already proving to be a propaganda windfall for the extremist group, which in recent months had been making faltering attempts at a comeback in parts of eastern Syria controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the analysts said. The Islamic State’s official ¬≠media arm taunted the SDF on Thursday, calling it an abandoned American ally and warning that further attacks were coming.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP ANNOUNCES G7 AT HIS CLUB - President Trump has decided to host the Group of 7 meeting next June at the Trump National Doral resort near Miami, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, announced Thursday, a decision that immediately raised questions about whether it was a conflict of interest for him to choose one of his own properties for a diplomatic event (New York Times). Mr. Mulvaney said the president had considered the possibility of “political criticism” for picking the resort. But Mr. Trump chose it anyway because administration officials had considered hotels throughout the country, and concluded that it was “by far and away, far and away, the best physical facility for this meeting,” Mr. Mulvaney said.

WHITE HOUSE: CHINA WON'T CONFIRM TRUMP AG DEAL - President Trump claimed that he struck a “phase one” trade deal with China on Friday and that the Chinese agreed to massive purchases of U.S. farm products. But nearly a week has passed, and China has not confirmed that critical piece of the agreement (Washington Post). According to the White House, a key part of Trump’s initial deal is China’s commitment to buy $40 billion to $50 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products. But nothing was written on paper, and China’s Commerce Ministry would not confirm that figure Thursday, saying instead purchases would be made according to Chinese market needs.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP ECONOMIC ADVISORS WARN OF TARIFF IMPACT - President Trump’s top economic adviser last week arranged an Oval Office briefing with outside experts who warned the president that continued escalation of U.S.-China trade tensions could imperil the economy and hurt Mr. Trump’s chances for re-election, according to people familiar with the meeting (Wall Street Journal). The Oct. 8 briefing, which came two days before trade talks between senior U.S. and Chinese officials, was arranged by Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House National Economic Council. The meeting included Stephen Moore, an economic commentator and a former candidate for the Federal Reserve Board, and Republican economist Lawrence Lindsey, the people said. “There was a general consensus that the economy was really strong, the best economy we’ve had in 30 years, and that what’s going to get him re-elected is the economy,” said Mr. Moore, who advised Mr. Trump during his 2016 campaign.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump has no public events scheduled.

MEDIA: SUNDAY TALK - "Fox News Sunday": Pete Buttigieg. Panel: Jason Chaffetz, Jane Harman, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams. Power Player: Robert Ballard. CNN's "State of the Union": Pete Buttigieg. Panel: Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Sean Duffy, Jennifer Psaki and Amanda Carpenter. ABC "This Week": Panel: Chris Christie, Rahm Emanuel, Sara Fagen and Heidi Heitkamp. NBC "Meet the Press": Panel: Dan Balz, Joshua Johnson, Danielle Pletka and Betsy Woodruff Swan. CNN "Inside Politics": Mike Shear, Laura Barrón-López, Karoun Demirjian and Kaitlan Collins.

ENERGY: SEC. PERRY RESIGNS - Energy Secretary Rick Perry told President Donald Trump on Thursday that he would resign his post, according to two people familiar with the situation (Politico). The people, who were not authorized to speak publicly about Perry's resignation, said it was unclear exactly when the former Texas governor would leave the administration. The news comes after POLITICO reported earlier this month that Perry planned to step down by the end of this year. He is facing a Friday deadline to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking information on his role in the administration's withholding military aid to Ukraine while it pushed that country’s government officials to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoings by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

FAITH: PEW SHOWS SHARP RISE IN AMERICANS WITH NO RELIGION - The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center (AP). Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of American adults now describe themselves as Christian, down from 77% in 2009. Meanwhile, the portion that describes their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both Protestant and Roman Catholic ranks are losing population share, according to Pew. It said 43% of U.S. adults identify as Protestants, down from 51% in 2009, while 20% are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009.

ILLINOIS: NO DEAL IN CHICAGO TEACHER STRIKE - Striking teachers marched in picket lines outside hundreds of Chicago schools on Thursday after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district, canceling classes for more than 300,000 students for the duration of a walkout that seemed likely to head into a second day (AP). The strike in the nation's third-largest school district came after the Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000 members would not return to their classrooms. It follows months of negotiations between the union and Chicago Public Schools that failed to resolve disputes over pay and benefits, class size and teacher preparation time.

CALIFORNIA: FAULT MOVES FOR FIRST TIME - A major California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake has begun moving for the first time on record, a result of this year’s Ridgecrest earthquake sequence destabilizing nearby faults, Caltech scientists say in a new study released in the journal Science on Thursday (Los Angeles Times). In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or even to creep. But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space. “This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” said the lead author of the study, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech. “We don’t know what it means.”


BLOOMINGTON: DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE ANNOUNCED - The Bloomington City Council officially introduced the proposed Unified Development Ordinance at Wednesday night’s special session (Inside Indiana Business). The session was the first of four scheduled meetings that will make up one long hearing on the UDO, which lays out the rules for land use and development in Bloomington. After the Council set rules and procedures for deliberation, the document’s first two chapters were introduced. The 417-page UDO is divided into seven total chapters. Chapter 1 covered the legal framework for adopting and administering the regulations. Chapter 2 dealt with the city’s zoning districts.

TERRE HAUTE: PD TO BE ON A&E SHOW - Terre Haute Police will participate in A&E Network's real-time police show "Live PD," following approval of an 1-year agreement Thursday from the Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety (Terre Haute Tribune-Star). Live PD camera crews will follow officers on the job on Friday and Saturday nights, with television viewers seeing what local police officers see during their shifts. A delay of about 20 minutes prevents the airing of disturbing content or the release of information that could compromise investigations. Police Chief Shawn Keen said the city was contacted in July to be on the show. After months of discussion and a review from the city's legal department, Keen told the board he recommends approving a contract with Big Fish Entertainment, the production company for the television show.