By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Myers poised to kick off campaign

Here are your Monday power lunch talking points: This should be a milestone week in the Indiana governor's race. Gov. Eric Holcomb kicks off his reelect at the historic "Hoosiers" gym in Knightstown at 1 p.m. Saturday. And he still doesn't have an opponentDr. Woody Myers announced Monday he will make an "announcement about my future" at 11:30 am. Wednesday outside the old Wishard Hospital ER. He will be introduced by former congressman Baron Hill.Rep. Karlee Macer is working on emptying her nest (i.e. two of her kids are getting married), and Sen. Eddie Melton is doing a listening tour with Republican Supt. Jennifer McCormick, creating the most interesting story line.

Since Howey Politics Indiana has been covering gubernatorial politics (we're approaching our 25th anniversary), we have never seen a major party without a gubernatorial candidate (or frontrunner) this late in the process. Perhaps the Democratic sorting will occur at the IDEA Convention at French Lick Aug. 22-24.

2. The King George’s air force
 
We try not to pile on President Trump, but sometimes he says things so ludicrous that you have to take notice. While the Beltway media was in a lather over his co-opting the Mall on the Fourth of July festivities (my attitude was, good for him), his take on President Washington’s Continental Army was baffling: “Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory." This is also in the official White House transcript, which reinforces our longstanding observation that it's often amateur hour  in the most powerful warrens of the world. USA Today  notes there was "no air travel" in 1775, and we've since learned that Pilatre De Rozier launched the first hot air balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon' in 1783, where it stayed aloft for 15 minutes before crashing. Hmmmmmm, politicians, hot air, crash and burns, fake news ... and so it goes.

3. Trump job approval at its apex

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll  gives President Trump his highest job approval at 47% among registered voters (not likely voters), with 50% disapproving. Trump’s approval rating among voting-age Americans stands at 44%, edging up from 39 percent in April, with 53% saying they disapprove of him. He trails Joe Biden by 10%, the only Democrat with a clear polling advantage. Kamala Harris leads Trump 48-46%, Bernie Sanders 49-48% and Trump is tied with Elizabeth Warren at 48% and Pete Buttigieg at 47%.

4. What, Pete worry?

Mad Magazine will cease publication. Brian Doherty blames Mayor Pete at Reason.com: "Trump insulted Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg by tweeting that America wasn’t ready to elect Alfred E. Neuman (Mad’s goofy mascot who came to appear on every cover) president; Buttigieg purported in his youthful way to not have any idea who Trump was talking about, marking Mad as hopelessly irrelevant."

5. Indiana and the Census

As President Trump is still trying to include a controversial citizenship question on the Census, coming right at deadline, the Columbus Republic  reports that nearly $18 billion is on the line for Indiana  — roughly $2,710 per person. Critics of the Trump administration are charging that a citizenship question could depress the number of Latinos counted. "The challenge is, if we don’t get everybody counted in Indiana, that’s never good for us,” said Carol Rogers, deputy director of the Indiana Business Research Center and the governor’s liaison to the census. “Let’s get our fair share back from Washington. Let’s make sure we get our fair share of congressional seats.”

Have a great week, folks. It's The Atomic!