By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Rapid City, S.D.

1. Buttigieg well positioned in Iowa

Here are your Monday power lunch talking points: The Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Poll  is great news for Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Frontrunner Joe Biden comes in at 24%, followed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren at 16 and 15%, and Buttigieg at 14%. Buttigieg does well on the second choice, coming in at 10%. If you're scoring this by age, Mayor Pete trails only the Septuagenarian Wing of the party. He is poised to continue on as the JFK torch bearer of a "new generation."

Hawkeye voters are more interested in beating President Trump than ideology, with two-thirds carrying that sentiment. Here was Mayor Pete's pitch for the Cedar Rapids cattle call on Sunday: “Now, we've got a lot of work to do to vindicate our values, to establish a new democracy where money can't outvote people and politicians can't choose their voters by drawing districts the way they look. A democracy where all citizens, including those of D.C. And Puerto Rico enjoy proper political representation in our capital. And maybe in this greatest democracy in the world we might go about choosing our president by giving it to the person who got the most votes.” This sets him up well for the critical debate sequence that begins on June 26  in Miami.

2. A classic Trump 'deal'

The Mexican tariff story is classic Donald Trump. He unilaterally creates a crisis with, in this case, a very bad and unpopular tariff on Mexico. Chaos ensues. Criticism builds. Then he comes up with a "deal" even if the solution is refried beans. He declares victory. New York Times: The deal "consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months." We'll see if this weekend's deal stems the tide of illegal immigration, but President Trump is already gearing up for that: "If for some unknown reason" such cooperation fails, "we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs." 

3. Pence goads Congress

Vice President Mike Pence was President Trump's point man on this Mexico tariff "deal." Pence is now goading Congress to act:  “.@POTUS’ strong stand got Mexico to do things they have never done before: 6,000 National Guard at their southern border, immigration checkpoints throughout Mexico & allow ALL illegal immigrants from Central America to remain in Mexico pending their asylum claims. @POTUS got Mexico to step up... Now it’s time for Congress to step up! The American people want Congress to work with this Administration to reform our asylum laws, secure our border, and fix this broken immigration system once and for all! Let’s get it done!” Pence and Trump have lunch today, and the two will welcome the Indy500 Champ Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske today.

4.  Holcomb seeks business tax hike

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette  reports that Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking a business tax increase to the tune of 17% to fuel the Indiana unemployment trust fund. Journal Gazette: Revenue is coming in slower than anticipated but is balanced by the current low unemployment rates, said Josh Richardson, chief of staff at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Last year, only $251 million was paid in unemployment claims, compared to $1 billion to $1.8 billion a year during the last recession. 

5. Business realignments

The Wall Street Journal reports that Fiat/Chrysler may be looking for another suitor after the Renault deal collapsed. On the defense contracting front, Raytheon is merging with United Technologies. Raytheon has a plant in Fort Wayne, and United Technologies has operations in Huntington that have been part of its Carrier business.

Have a great day, folks. We're out West this week, but will be in place to provide you with your HPI Daily Wires and Atomics! It's The Atomic!