By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis 

1. Pence's tribute to President Bush41

Here are your Tuesday power lunch talking points: Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to President George H.W. Bush just after he was brought into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to lie in state prior to his Wednesday funeral. Pence said, "President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference  in the life of this nation. But he was also just a good man who was devoted to his wife, his family, and his friends. I was lucky enough to meet him in 1988 when he was Vice President and I was a 29-year-old just getting started in politics. Then, as always, I was struck by his approachability. There was a kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who ever met him. All his years in public service were characterized by kindness, modesty, and patriotism. He was so modest in fact, that he never wrote an autobiography. But he did leave a record of his life and in the thousands of letters that he wrote."

Pence added, "President Bush described CAVU, in his words, as 'the kind of weather we Navy pilots wanted when we were to fly off our carrier in the Pacific.' And he once wrote a letter to his children saying that CAVU, in his words, 'describes my own life as it has been over the years, as it is right now: Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.' You know, that may well describe the essence of this man. And it may well have been his vision. The vision he had for his life, for his children, his children’s children, and his country: No barriers, no boundaries, no limits." Also attending the ceremony were former Vice President Dan Quayle.

2. Sen. Young seeks Trump economic strategy

U.S. Sen. Todd Young told Howey Politics Indiana  on Monday that while President Trump and Chinese President Xi forged a 90-day truce on the trade wars, he is seeking a "written" economic strategy." Young explained after HPI asked him if he believed Trump was "winging it" on trade policy, "I've introduced legislation that would require the administration to provide a coherent, comprehensive, written national economic security strategy that lays out for all the see precisely what the plan is. This would be a very helpful tool for members of Congress so we could provide oversight for our trade policy and other economic policies moving forward," Young explained. "I think it would be helpful to have outside stakeholders to provide critical analysis of that plan and I think it would be a powerful signaling device for our allies and adversaries alike about what the consequences of illicit economic activities will be. We have a national security strategy. I think the very same thing with our economic strategy would be quite helpful to our country." 

3. Farm income predicted to dive

The Wall Street Journal  reports that while the U.S./Chinese "cease fire" was "welcomed," the "uncertainty is likely to keep hurting the world economy.Companies that were delaying investment decisions are hardly likely to put plans into action on the basis of a temporary truce." Ditto for farmers.Hoosier Ag Today  reports that U.S. farm income is expected to decrease by 12.1%, according to USDA estimates while net cash farm income is forecast to decline 8.4%.

4. Holcomb concerned about jihadists

Gov. Eric Holcomb is concerned about "teenage homegrown violent extremists in Indiana schools," according to Indiana Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by WRTV. "The Governor of Indiana, IDHS, the FBI and the NCTC remain concerned about the potential for teenage HVE’s to conduct attacks inside the state or violence targeting a school with little to no warning," the report states. "IDHS continues to urge vigilance and to report suspicious activities to law enforcement."

5. Scandal no longer a career ender

It used to be that a messy affair, an indictment or a politician being found in the sack with a "live boy or dead girl" would be a career-ender. But the New York Times reports that indicted U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, Sen. Bob Menendez (who had a hung jury in a bribery case) andRep. Greg Giaforte (convicted of assaulting a reporter) all won reelection in November. Candidates and strategists say President Trump has offered a "new playbook" for moving past even the most serious charges, one successfully deployed by both Reps. Hunter and Collins during their midterm races: Never apologize, always play offense, attack the “fake news,” and, finally, distract from the issue by kick-starting a new controversy. “If Richard Nixon had Twitter and Fox News, would he ever have resigned?” asked Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist who worked as for the former House majority leader Tom DeLay as a spokesman during Mr. DeLay’s indictment for illegal campaign donations. “I don’t think he would have, and I think he would have survived.”

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