By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. China retaliates as retailers gird

Here are your Monday power lunch talking points: China retaliated this morning, raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. imports. It's the response to President Trumpraising tariffs from 10% to 25% on $600 billion worth of Chinese goods last Friday. Wall Street Journal: Goods that China will charge at 25% include animal products, frozen fruits and vegetables, and seasonings. Goods it will charge at 20% include baking condiments, chemicals and vodka. The WSJ  also reported that U.S. retailers already under duress are girding for impact, noting, "Retailers have few options: they can absorb the added costs themselves; spread them across their vendors; or pass them on to customers."

President Trump warned this morning against any retaliation tweeting: “China should not retaliate - will only get worse! I say openly to President Xi & all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries.” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow contradicted Trump's assertion that China pays for the tariffs. Kudlow acknowledged to Fox News Sunday  host Chris Wallace that U.S. consumers are paying, saying, "Fair enough. In fact, both sides will pay. Both sides will pay in these things. The Chinese will suffer GDP losses and so forth with respect to a diminishing export market."

2. Pouring it on Hoosier farmers

Then there are Hoosier farmers. Hoosier Ag Today's  Eric Pfeiffer: "We’ve all heard the expression, 'When it rains, it pours.' Rensselaer farmer and Indiana Farm BureauVice President Kendell Culp says farmers are being poured on literally and figuratively at the moment, testing their patience. 'Because of planting delays, because of rain, and because of lower prices every day, and comments made by the administration which causes an immediate drop in in commodity prices, and really no relief in sight, no deals in sight … It’s just time and, the farmers, I just think they’re out of patience.'" Culp added: "Even if we did have an agreement that was hammered out and announced in the short-term, the destruction caused in the marketplace and the concern about the U.S. maybe is not such a reliable trading partner, this effect is going to have a long tail and I think it’s going to go along for multiple growing seasons  before we get back to anywhere near the position we were at before the trade disruption.” 

3. Pence returning to anxious Indiana

Vice President Pence got an earful last month when he used a Boone County farm for a photo op pushing the U.S. Canada Mexico trade PAC. Farmers vented to him about the tariffs. Pence returns to Indiana on Thursday, scheduled to deliver a commencement address at Taylor University. Some 7,800 people have signed an on-line petition opposing his address because of issues such as President Trump's 10,000 lies since taking office, Pence's ambition under the cloak of Christianity, and the family separations at the border. Pence gave, perhaps, a preview of his thoughts at Liberty University last weekend: “Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian belief. As you go about your daily life, just be ready because you’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith, you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture.” Pence used a 2016 Liberty U. address to urge evangelicals to support Donald Trump. A generation ago, Pence wrote that the president should always be the nation's moral compass.

4. Evansville church pays medical debts 

You've got to love this story out of the Evansville Courier & Press: With the help of national non-profit RIP Medical Debt, Evansville's City Church is paying off $1.5 million in medical debt for local families. City Church will purchase $1.5 million of medical debt for $15,000, then pay off debt to struggling families. "We may never meet, but as an act of love in the name of Jesus Christ, your debt has been forgiven," said Pastor Jeff Kinkade. We hope this act of kindness is repeated across our state.

5. Schiff says Mueller will testify

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress, even though President Trumphas gone from wanting a full airing of his 440 page report, to opposing his testimony. It looked like Mueller might testify on Wednesday, but multiple sources are now saying it won't happen until next week at the earliest.

Watch for our coverage of Indiana's farewell to Sen. Richard Lugar beginning at noon Tuesday as he lies in state at the Statehouse, then his funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Lukes United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. It's The Atomic!