By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Buttigieg going nationwide

Here are your Tuesday power lunch talking points: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is about to attempt something no other American has achieved: Win the presidency from city hall. We've never had a mayor make the jump to the White House, or even the national ticket. Mayors John Lindsey and Sam Yorty couldn't make it happen. Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Grover Cleveland and Andrew Johnson were mayors, but got to the White House from higher stations. Buttigieg announced Monday he won't seek a third term. Not sensing a realistic path in Indiana (he's not interested in Congress, and with Gov. Eric Holcomb's current popularity and the Indiana Democratic Party's shattered foundation, a 2020 challenge there doesn't appear to be in the cards), the mayor is using a failed run for DNC chair to become one of up to three dozen Democrats seeking to challenge President Trump. Buttigieg said Tuesday, "For most of the decade now, I have given everything that I can to helping this city get to a new future. And I love this job. And I'm mindful that it may well be the best job that I will ever have. But it's also not the kind of job you do forever." 

So Buttigieg has been doing the things a potential POTUS hopeful does. He's given speeches in Iowa and other early primary states. His speeches have a JFK-style "pass the torch" aspect, saying on the March for Our Lives last winter, "Go ahead, dismiss this generation. I dare you. But I do think that people are looking for something new. They’re looking for something fresh and different. And I think that, as a party, we can’t just — first of all, we can’t only trot out people who go to work in Washington every day, as representatives of the party.” Does Buttigieg have a ghost of a chance? Did Jimmy Carter in 1974, Bill Clinton in 1990 or Barack Obama in 2006? OrDonald Trump in 2014? The big difference was they were governors and senators (and a billionaire). Mayor Buttigieg is preparing for the steepest challenge in American politics.

2. A robust budget forecast; a long list

Indiana's December budget forecast estimates $828.8 million in new revenue. But the Department of Child Services is expected to consume more than a third of that. "The forecast is strong, but with the DCS spending that's going to be a problem," said Senate Appropriations Chairman Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, working on his first budget as the man in charge. "That could take up 64% of our increase in the first year and 74% in the second year, and then you add the Medicaid number in there, you're looking at roughly $35 million the first year for the entire rest of the budget and negative $24 million the following year." As for a teacher pay raise, Ways & MeansChairman Tim Brown said it's not the legislature's problem. "Local school boards determine teacher raises.  We keep hearing all the time about what are the responsibilities of local boards, and a local board very much is hiring their staff and paying their staff. And, so, it's their responsibility."

3. Green Beret faces charge in case of slain Hoosier

Marine Sgt. Jeremy McQueary of Columbus and Nashville, Ind., (pictured) was killed along with another Marine in February 2010 by a improvised exploding device near Marjah, Afghanstan. Now we learn that the U.S. Army has charged a decorated Green Beret with premeditated murder. Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn is accused of fatally shooting "a male of apparent Afghan descent known as Rasoul" on February 22, 2010, near Forward Operating base McQuery in Marjah, Afghanistan. The charge sheet was dated Wednesday but Golsteyn was read the charge and signed a memo acknowledging it Thursday morning, according to NBC News. Golsteyn was applying for a job with the CIA, took a polygraph test and then admitted to fatally shooting the man who he said was a suspected Taliban bomb maker, military officials said. Goldsteyn wouldn't discuss specifics about the killing, but he still maintains that he did nothing wrong. "I have had commanders look me in the face and tell me I have done nothing wrong," Golsteyn said.

4. A Friday government shutdown

President Trump wants to shut the government down on Friday, unless he gets the border wall his own party refused to give him over the past two years. And he vows to own it. Sen. John Coryn was asked on MSNBC  what the prospects for an omnibus funding deal are. Is there a plan to avoid a shutdown? "If there is, I'm not aware of it." He said there is "not specific plan yet." Does he know what Trump wants? "Well, he wants a wall."