By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Nashville, Ind.

1. Young, Braun to back Trump on emergency

Here are your hump day power lunch talking points: Both U.S. Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun are siding with President Trump on Thursday's vote on his emergency declaration for the border law. The resolution against the emergency is expected to pass with at least four Republicans defecting, Trump will veto and an override will fail. Then the attorneys will find a windfall when the whole thing ends up in court. The fascinating thing is how many Republican senators are willing to give up the power of the purse to Trump. The big arm twister here was Vice President Pence, who lobbied Young and won his vote with an offer for Trump to sign legislation reining in his power to declare future emergencies. So Trump wins this one, and such legislation would prevent future presidents, though House passage on that would be impossible.

Young said on Tuesday, “After weeks of careful study and discussion, I have decided to vote to preserve President Trump’s national emergency declaration. It is clear that the President’s declaration adheres to decades-old statutes and procedures laid out in federal law, and there is no question that a national crisis exists at our southern border. I also share the perspective of those who believe presidential declarations of emergency – including the 31 other emergency declarations still in effect – warrant additional scrutiny from Congress. That is why I will be joining several colleagues in the coming days to introduce a bill that would enhance future oversight of the emergency declaration process."

2. Hate crime bill in peril

While Gov. Eric Holcomb is in Europe, his most conspicuous legislative priority - the hate crime bill - appears to be in serious jeopardy in the House. "Essentially there’s no bill right now," Rep. Ryan Dvorak, D-South Bend, told the South Bend Tribune's Caleb Bauer. "There’s one pending in committee, but it’s not scheduled for a committee hearing." SB12 dies if there's no hearings or vote by April 9. Freshman Republican Rep. Christy Stutzman would vote for the current bill, but not one with the list. "I hope we get a chance to vote on that," she said. "But I don’t know that we will."  Gov. Holcomb vowed to be vocal about getting a bill (with a list) passed. He'll have a heavy lift when he gets home.

3. Mayor's Pete's Final State of City

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his final State of the City address Tuesday night. The Trib's Jeff Parrott likened the scene as "more like a popular late night talk show host who needs the crowd to finish applauding, whooping and hollering so that he can begin his monologue." Coming two days after his CNN town hall, Buttigieg reported unemployment fell to 4.1% from 11.8%, population is up 1% after losing 25% since the 1960s, and there are 15,000 more jobs. “When I go on the road, I talk about our experience as a metaphor for what needs to happen in our country,” Buttigieg said. “America needs to find ways, as South Bend has, to embrace our future without fear. America needs to seek greatness, not by dredging it up from some impossible again, but by looking squarely to the future just as our forebears did.”

4. The coming 'cyclone bomb'

It used to be we'd get huge wind events every decade or two. On Feb. 24, wind gusts over 60 mph were observed, with 66 mph at the Indianapolis International Airport becoming the highest non-thunderstorm wind gust reported since April 6, 1988. Thursday will bring a "cyclone bomb" with non-storm winds expected in the 50-70 mph range, particularly in western Indiana which is close to Cat 1 hurricane strength. The National Weather Service: This cyclone bomb pressure is dropping 24 millibars in 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon over the Great Plains. The lower the pressure and the faster it falls, the more intense the storm. Roaring, potentially damaging winds will affect an enormous area. This is a potentially dangerous wind event.” The Feb. 24 storm cut power to tens of thousands of Hoosiers. Batten down the hatches and oil up the chairsaws, folks.

5. Hoops values

Forbes rates the most valuable college basketball teams and we are in the epicenter of hoops fortune: 1. Louisville ($50 million plus revenue), No. 2. Kentucky ($49 million), No. 3 Indiana ($35 million), No. 4 Duke ($33 million), and No. 5. Kansas ($32 million). Ohio State is No. 6, Illinois No. 9, Wisconsin No. 10, Michigan State Nov. 12 and Michigan No. 15. We love the Crossroads Classic (IU, Butler, Purdue, Notre Dame). How about the Ohio River Classic? (IU, Louisville, Kentucky and Ohio State)?

Yes, I'm lubing up my Stihl chainsaw this afternoon. It's The Atomic!