By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Do as I say 

Here are your Monday power lunch talking points: President Trump told author Bob Woodward, “I wanted to always play [the coronavirus] down. I still like playing it down because I don't want to create a panic.” On Sunday night, President Trump held an indoor MAGA rally in Nevada, a state that has prohibited public gatherings over over 50 people. "Tell your governor to open up your state," Trump told the mostly maskless crowd. 

Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak called the rally as “reckless” and “selfish," adding, “The president appears to have forgotten that this country is still in the middle of a global pandemic." And the public's opinion of such flagrant disregard for public health? An ABC News/Ipsos  poll found 65% disapprove of the president’s management of the COVID-19 crisis.

2. Purdue's 'manageable' reopening

Dr. Esteban Ramirez is chief medical officer at the Protect Purdue Health Center and told the Lafayette Journal & Courier's  Dave Bangert that the university's reopening has been “manageable, so far.” So far there have been 389 positive cases, including 184 over the past seven days. “We don’t feel we like can say with certainty that things are going to go well,” Ramirez said.

3. Big Ten football vote today

AP: Presidents of universities in the Big Ten Conference were presented a comprehensive plan Sunday to conduct a fall football season, but a final decision is still to come. CNN reported this morning that a vote is expected later today. Still, if they act quickly, Big Ten football could kick off as soon as the weekend of Oct. 17. 

4. Pfizer CEO predicts vaccine

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CBS Face The Nation  that he is expecting a COVID vaccine sometime this fall. “I don't know if they have to wait until 2021. We have a good chance that we will know if the product works by the end of October. Then it’s the regulator's job to issue a license or not.”

5. Huge increases in food pantry use

Columbus Republic: Local food pantries say they are seeing a surge in the number of people seeking help with groceries after $600 in weekly federal unemployment aid expired, resulting in the highest one-month increase in demand for food at Love Chapel in the organization’s history and a “huge increase” in people seeking food at Salvation Army. Last month, Love Chapel served about 4,150 people — an increase of more than 1,100 compared to July and the equivalent of around 5% of Bartholomew County’s population, said Kelly Daugherty, Love Chapel executive director. “To see that kind of a jump in one month, that’s the first time it has ever been like that,” Daugherty said.  

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