By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Nashville, Ind.

1. Shutdown Day 34 and Pence gets an earful

Here are your Day 34 Government shutdown power lunch talking points: As 800,000 federal employees (including 20,000 Hoosiers) were stiffed a second paycheck, and LaGuardia and Jacksonville airports are experience air traffic controller shortages, the U.S. Senate rejected two bills to reopen the government as cracks began appearing in the GOP facade. Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Tom Cotton of Arkansas opposed the GOP bill. During a Capitol Hill lunch Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence got an earful with The Hill  reporting: One GOP senator said lawmakers told Pence “the shutdown needs to come to an end, this is not a strategy that works [and] we never should have had a shutdown in the first place.” Pence in turn told them, “The president is interested in striking a deal.” The problem there is what deal will President Trump accept? And can you believe him? 

Trump suggested a compromise that would include a "down payment on the wall"  that for two years he insisted "Mexico" would pay for. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Pence, according to The Hill: Shuttering the government to try to secure funding for a border wall was not a smart approach.  “McConnell talked about how we need to bring this process to a close; we should never have had a shutdown; they don’t work; I’ve said this numerous times; I don’t know how many times I’ve told you there’s no education in the second kick of a mule.” Remember: President Trump rejected an earlier bipartisan deal because he yearned for a shutdown he vowed to "own the mantle." Now his poll numbers are tanking as the "art of the deal" elude both Trump and Pence.

2. The Holcomb agenda advancing

Here in Indiana where leaders tell the truth, set achievable goals, and the government is open for business, Gov. Eric Holcomb's agenda is advancing. The House passed moving up the appointed superintendent bill 70-29. It would allow Holcomb to appoint a superintendent in 2021. The catch-all school safety bill HB1004 was amended, giving school districts more flexibility to seek state safety grants, but is poised to advance. And HB1007, which addresses pre-natal health to reduce the state's high infant mortality rate also passed the House. Lawmakers are grappling with the teacher pay raise issue, with state budget officials acknowledging 116 school districts and charter schools would get less than $50,000 for pay increases according to a formula Holcomb touted in his State of the State address. That is a work in progress.

3. Indiana faces automated job disruption

Gov. Holcomb has stressed workforce development and Reuters reports that Indiana is one of the most vulnerable states  where automation and artificial intelligence will replace high and low wage jobs. The next crop of vulnerable jobs include middle-wage occupations like trucking and administrative office work as well as lower-wage jobs like waiting tables and farming. Indiana and Kentucky at 29% of all jobs lead the top five most vulnerable states. "The big challenge we're looking at in the next few years is not mass unemployment but mass redeployment," said Michael Chui of the McKinsey Global Institute. The most impacted counties include: Carroll 44% of all jobs, Clinton 39%, DeKalb 39%, Whitley 38.9%, Montgomery 38.8%, Howard 38.2%, Blackford 38.5%, Noble 38%, Jay 37%, Clay 37.7%, Elkhart 36%, Steuben 36%, Marshall 36.8%, Shelby 36%, Cass 35%, Rush 35.7%, Decatur 35%, DuBois 35.9%, Clark 35%, Posey 35%, Kosciusko 34%, and Miami 31.8%. We're struck by one dynamic: Many of these counties have been hard hit by the meth/opioid epidemic.

4. Roger Stone indicted

President Trump confidante Roger Stone got a rude awakening at 4:30 a.m. today. The FBI shagged him out of bed in Fort Lauderdale and led him away in cuffs, an arrest procedure normally reserved for dangerous criminals, flight risks and Illinois governors. Key indictment nuggets: "During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about Organization 1 and information it might have had that would be damaging to the [Hillary] Clinton Campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials  to inquire about future releases by Organization 1." And this: "Also on or about October 3, 2016, STONE received an email from a reporter who had connections to a high-ranking Trump Campaign official  that asked, “[the head of Organization 1] – what’s he got? Hope it’s good.” STONE responded in part, “It is. I’d tell [the high-ranking Trump Campaign official] but he doesn’t call me back.” Special Counsel Robert Mueller is essentially laying out a narrative. If you're President Trump, the key question is, how high up the campaign and family food chain will this narrative go?

5. This week's Tone Deaf Award

Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross, asked about the plight of unpaid fed employees, gave a cakey Marie Antoinette response on CNBS: “The obligations that they would undertake — say borrowing from a bank or credit union — are in effect federally guaranteed. So the 30 days of pay that people will be out — there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan  against it, and we’ve seen a number of ads from the financial institutions doing that.” Spoken like a billionaire. Sheesh.

Our hearts are with Indiana Pacer star Victor Oladipo this morning, out for the season with a ruptured tendon. It seriously impacts a very, very promising season for the Pacers, but we know Victor will be back. Have a great weekend, folks, and thanks for reading. It's The Atomic!