By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. GOP 'riot' threats and American soul

Three weeks ago, the FBI recovered hundreds of pages of top secret documents from Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago, some from U.S. intelligence human sources. If you or I or David Petraeus or Sandy Berger had hoarded these documents, we would be facing federal felony charges, and, with a law signed by President Trump in 2018, a sentence of up to 10 years. On Aug. 18, 2016 in Charlotte, Trump said, "In my administration, I'm going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information. No one will be above the law." Last week, President Biden described the Trump/MAGA Republicans as "semi-fascist."

On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham said on Fox News: “Most Republicans, including me, believe when it comes to Trump, there is no law. It’s all about getting him. And I’ll say this: If there’s a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle … there’ll be riots in the streets.” The last time Trump summoned his mob - on Jan. 6, 2021 ("Will be wild") - insurrectionists  assaulted the U.S. Capitol. Also on Sunday, Trump sought to undermine FBI: “When are the great Agents, and others, in the FBI going to say ‘We aren’t going to take it anymore?'" According to, at least 896 people are now facing federal charges. 

On Thursday, President Biden will deliver a primetime speech outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall echoing his 2020 campaign theme about “the battle for the soul of nation." The president will lay out the actions he’s taken to protect democracy while in office — but also warn of the ongoing risks to fundamental “rights and freedoms.”

2. Polling on 'civil war'

Last week I wrote the column (see below) "A second Civil War? or American Pie?"  Why would any "leader" even consider a civil war as a viable option instead of a human catastrophe? On Monday, an Economist/YouGov Poll asked, “Looking ahead to the next 10 years, how likely do you think it is that there will be a civil war in this country?” Some 43% said civil war was at least somewhat likely. Among strong Democrats and independents that figure was 40%. But among strong Republicans, 54% said civil war was at least somewhat likely.

3. Trump hoarding GOP cash

Conservative journalist Tim Miller asks in The Bulwark, "Where'd all the GOP ad money go?" He cites July FEC reports showing Senate Dems with a $31 million cash advantage over Republicans, while House Democrats have a $24 million edge. The answer is Donald Trump's SAVE America PAC, which has raised $103 million between Jan. 7, 2021 and July. Trump PACs have raised $125 million, but they have spent less than 10% on 2022 GOP candidates. "In fact," Miller writes, "he’s spent more than twice as much on legal expenses than he’s put down on candidate contributions." 

4. Dutch Defense Minister on U.S. violence

Following the death of a Dutch soldier training in Indiana (and the shootings to two of his comrades) after what Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett described as a "drive-by shooting," Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said, “We do many trainings of our servicemen in the United States, and we really don’t expect this to happen. So it’s very, very concerning for us.” 

5. Hoosier metrics

Indiana ranks last in the 2022 State Campaign Finance Index 2022 with a score of 38.33, which was below the 50th ranked state South Dakota which had a 45.06 score. Washington state had the top rank at 83.99. According to the Capital Chronicle, only 58% of Hoosier children aged 19-35 months have completed childhood immunizations. According to the IBJ's John Russell, Indiana leads the nation in medical data breaches, with more than 80 million records affected since 2009.

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