By BRIAN A. HOWEY and JACOB CURRY, in Indianapolis

1. Trump and Coats staredown

Here are your final post-vortex power lunch talking points for the week: CNN reported that President Trump was "seething" at National Intelligence Director Dan Coats after his Tuesday risk assessment testimony. Then in the Oval Office after meeting with Coats and the intel team Thursday, Trump suggested that press coverage of Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel was "fake news." Trump said, "Their testimony was distorted press ... I would suggest you read the COMPLETE testimony from Tuesday. A false narrative is so bad for our Country."

Coverage by Howey Politics Indiana  and national press was based on video of the testimony, and in Coats' case, a transcript from his office. We watched, heard and read Coats, Wray and Haspel contradict Trump  on his notion that ISIS has been defeated, Iran is building a nuclear weapon, and North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Trump was asked whether he still had confidence in Coats and Haspel “to give you good advice.” He responded, “No, I disagree with certain things that they said.  I think I’m right, but time will prove that. Time will prove me right, probably.” In an interview with the New York Times, Trump was asked if he is happy with Coats' performance. Trump responded, "I'm happy with Dan Coats. I am. That doesn't mean ... " NYT: "Is that a change?" Trump: "Well, no, everybody changes. You know, this business,other than me, everybody changes."

2. Lugar, Nunn as INF Treaty rescinded

Former Sen. Richard Lugar was having breakfast with retired senators in the Senate Dining Room this morning, discussing ways they might influence how to make the Senate more functional. It came as the Trump administration announced it is pulling out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed by President Reaganand Secretary Gorbachev, designed to keep land-based nuclear weapons out of Europe. President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believe Russia is out of compliance. Former Sen. Sam Nunn (part of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Act tandem) warned of a new arms race or cyber interference. "I think the nuclear equation in terms of a blunder or a mistake has gone up,"  Nunn told Bloomberg News. "Cyber interference of command and control make the nuclear risk go up. It could produce a false warning. We're not talking to Russia like we were during the Cold War or the '90s. This threatens our country's survival and that of the world." Don't be surprised if Lugar also weighs in on what is shaping up to be a new nuke arms race in an age of cyber mischief.

3. Buttigieg's week of 'extremes'

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a week of "extremes." He kicked off his presidential campaign. His 71-year-old father Joseph Buttigieg died. His city was consumed by the polar vortex. He said he was "amazed by the immediate, positive response" to his decision to seek the presidency. After addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he rushed back to South Bend to be with his father. "When I got to Dad's bedside, all he wanted to hear about was the trip to Washington and the launch," the mayor said. "He was proud and excited. But we were also facing the crushing reality that he was not going to make it. In the end he couldn't speak, but when we were getting ready for the end on Sunday morning he wrote us one last note: 'It's been a good trip.'"  As for the severe weather, Buttigieg said, "In 2016, South Bend experienced 'a 1,000-year rainfall event.' Then, the next year, a '500-year river flood.' Now, a polar vortex is engulfing the region with dangerous record-breaking cold temperatures. Supposedly once-in-a-lifetime climate events are beginning to feel routine." 

4. General Assembly deadlines approach

Indiana legislators are closing in on the key February deadlines for third readings. In the House, Republicans passed several Bills that GOP leadership listed as legislative priorities. On education, House Bills 1008 and 1009, establishing teacher career ladders and a residency grant program, respectively, both passed with zero nay votes. The House also passed HB1004, a school safety bill prompted by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s report on the topic released last year. Legislation advancing “work-based learning” initiatives between schools and employers, HB1002, passed as well. House Bill 1010, exempting military pensions from state income tax and increasing property tax deductions for veterans, is headed to the Senate. Beyond the prioritized bills, one piece of legislation passed by the House that’s likely to have a far-reaching impact on the state is HB1212. The bill, which passed 62-34 on mostly partisan lines, removes the legal obligation Indiana sheriff’s have to advertise foreclosed property sales in local publications. These ads would be shifted online, removing a consistent source of revenue for many already-struggling local newspapers in the state.

5. Sen. Perfect pulls child labor bill

The story of the week for the Senate probably belongs to Sen. Chip Perfect’s Senate Bill 342. The bill aimed to remove Indiana’s child labor laws regarding permit requirements and hour restrictions for 16-and 17-year-olds. Perfect, however, is also the CEO of Perfect North Slopes, a ski resort which employs minors, raising questions about the ethics of his involvement with the bill. Though the Senate Ethics Committee ruling stated there was no “unique, direct and material effect” on the lawmaker financially, Perfect still withdrew the bill from consideration for this session. However, don’t expect this to be the last we hear of child labor reforms. It won’t return for this session, but it could end up on the Summer Study Committee’s table. Senate President Pro Tempore Rod Bray expects that it will. “Regardless of some of the other issues surrounding that bill, as well as the author of the bill, it’s probably a good time to start taking a look at that and see if things need to be tweaked” Bray told reporters Thursday afternoon.

Thanks for reading, folks. I'm picking the Rams over the Patriots, 27-24, in Sunday's Super Bowl. It's The Atomic!