MELTON KICKS OFF INGOV CAMPAIGN: State Sen. Eddie Melton became the third Democrat to kick off a gubernatorial campaign, joining Dr. Woody Myers and businessman Josh Owens seeking to challenge Gov. Eric Holcomb (Howey Politics Indiana). Speaking in Gary with "special guest" Republican Supt. Jennifer McCormick, Melton said, “I have heard directly from Hoosiers across Indiana about how they feel left behind by our state government,” Sen.  Melton said. “I feel a sense of responsibility to be a voice for those who have felt voiceless and to lead Indiana into a future which creates opportunity for all. I will take the thoughts and dreams shared with me over the years and over the past few months across the state, as I offer myself in service as Indiana’s next governor." In a video, Melton said, "We knew how to play to our strengths and anticipated the challengers and that is exactly what is missing in Indiana these days. Indiana needs and vision, and we need a game plan." The video indicated Melton will be running on a platform of increasing teacher pay, helping Hoosiers earn a "living wage", and access to health care.

ABANDONED KURDS PREPARE TO FIGHT TURKS: From a border outpost here that only a day earlier housed a small contingent of U.S. troops, Kurdish volunteer Kawa Bozan squinted through binoculars at the barrels of Turkish artillery aiming in his direction (Wall Street Journal). “We are sons of this country and we will defend it,” said the 36-year-old fighter. Behind him, several members of his local defense force sifted through the detritus the Americans left behind, including ready-to-eat meals and empty bottles of Muscle Milk. U.S. troops who were stationed here and at another border outpost left on Monday after President Trump said the U.S. would step out of the way of a Turkish military operation to seize Syrian territory from America’s Kurdish-led allies. The sudden departure has unsettled residents of this area along the Syrian border with Turkey. Many followed the U.S. troops out of town. Others remained, left to decide whether they, too, should vacate before Turkey invades. “They could strike at any moment,” said Ibtisam al-Subhi, 30, who lives next to the outpost. She said she had decided to stay despite the danger. “We must stand up for ourselves,” she said. “These are our lands; they are not Turkish.” Ms. Ibtisam also said she hadn’t slept since U.S. forces left. “While the Americans were here, we felt sure of ourselves,” she said. “Now, frankly, we are afraid.”

KURDS LOST 11,000: According to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, more than 11,000 Kurdish soldiers were killed in their battle to annihilate ISIS on behalf of the United States and NATO. The U.S. military lost less than 10 soldiers in the liberation. Ignatius said that ISIS has not been fully defeated, reporting three bombings in Raqqa last night.

CONGRESS SUBPOENAS SONDLAND; SHOWDOWN LOOMS: House committees will subpoena Gordon Sondland after the State Department directed the U.S. ambassador to the European Union to skip a planned deposition Tuesday, preventing Congress from hearing from a key figure in the Ukraine controversy driving Democrats’ impeachment inquiry (Wall Street Journal). The decision by the administration to block Mr. Sondland from testifying just hours before he was set to appear sets up another showdown in the fight between the Trump administration and the Democratic-controlled House. President Trump says Democrats are engaged in a witch hunt designed to drive him from office. Democrats say the White House is stonewalling legitimate inquiries into whether he improperly sought to enlist a foreign nation in undermining a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

GOP SUPPORT FOR IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY GROWS: Most Americans — including 1 in 5 Republicans — now back an impeachment inquiry or already believe Congress should remove President Donald Trump from office, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows. The survey shows how public sentiment has moved amid the unfolding scandal over Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden. The share of Americans who say Congress should let Trump complete his term has dipped to 39%, from 50% in July. At the same time, the proportion who say Congress should move to impeachment and removal has ticked up to 24% from 21%, while those who support an impeachment inquiry have swelled to 31% from 27%. Taken together, that 55% majority backing an impeachment inquiry at minimum is the highest the NBC/WSJ poll has shown this year. “What we’re seeing in this poll is an openness and willingness to listen to new information,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff. His Democratic counterpart Peter Hart added, “There’s not a scintilla of good news for Donald Trump in this survey.” A 58 percent majority of Americans say House Democrats were right to begin an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, and a 49 percent plurality say the House should vote to remove him from office, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released Tuesday morning. There is a clear partisan split in the results, but 28 percent of Republicans said they support the House impeachment investigation — a 21-point jump from a Washington Post/ABC News poll in July. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted Monday and Tuesday shows that 50 percent of registered voters surveyed would support the Senate's removing Trump from office, while 43 percent oppose the president's removal.

WHITE HOUSE DECLARES IMPEACHMENT 'ILLEGITIMATE': The White House declared Tuesday it will halt any and all cooperation with what it termed the “illegitimate” impeachment probe by House Democrats, sharpening the constitutional clash between President Donald Trump and Congress (AP). Trump attorneys sent a lengthy letter to House leaders bluntly stating White House refusal to participate in the inquiry that was given a boost by last week’s release of a whistleblower’s complaint that the president sought political favors from Ukraine. “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote. That means no additional witnesses under administration purview will be permitted to appear in front of Congress or comply with document requests, a senior official said.

WHY AREN'T CONSERVATIVES CLAMORING FOR PRESIDENT PENCE? What’s wrong with Mike Pence? To left-leaning observers appalled by what they view as President Donald Trump’s reckless behavior and lawbreaking, that’s the most mystifying aspect about the Republican Party establishment: Party elites seem determined to stand by the president despite the constant whirl of scandal, inappropriate behavior, and outright chaos that surrounds him (Coaston, Vox). It’s one thing, these observers might argue, for conservative voters to decide that they would prefer Trump to a Democrat. The proximate question posed by impeachment, however, is whether or not conservative voters would rather see Vice President Pence, a conventional Republican seemingly without the baggage of Trump, take over in the White House. But beyond the simple realities of Team Red versus Team Blue, this left-wing viewpoint is all too blinkered, missing the fundamental point of Donald Trump: He isn’t just a president for many on the right; he’s a bulwark, a fighter, a state of mind with an 87 percent approval rating among Republicans. And Pence? As one conservative pundit told me, “He’s weak and clueless and totally unimpressive.” National Review writer David French told me, “Trump’s base believes that Trump — not Pence — is the guy who’s best-equipped to fight the Democrats. So that’s not their calculation.” Another prominent conservative pundit was even more brutal about Pence, saying, “I know him well. I’ve never heard him say an interesting or insightful thing.”

BIPARTISAN PANEL URGES MORE ELECTION SECURITY STEPS: A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren’t used to interfere in the coming presidential election, delivering a sobering assessment about the weaknesses that Russian operatives exploited in the 2016 campaign (Washington Post). The Senate Intelligence Committee, a Republican-led panel that has been investigating foreign electoral interference for more than two and a half years, said in blunt language that Russians worked to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton while bolstering Republican Donald Trump — and made clear that fresh rounds of interference are likely ahead of the 2020 vote. “Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election," said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee’s chairman. “Their goal is broader: to sow societal discord and erode public confidence in the machinery of government. By flooding social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by exploiting existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow Americans.”

CARMEL CHURCH PAYS OFF MEDICAL DEBTS FOR 6,000 FAMILIES: A Carmel church is making good on their promise to pay off people's medical debt (WTHR-TV). Northview Church said they were actually able to help more people than they originally thought. They partnered with RIP Medical Debt, which buys debt for pennies on the dollar. Together, they were able to pay off $7.8 million worth of medical bills for nearly 6,000 families in 10 communities. Originally, the church was hoping to pay off $2 million in debt with the $20,000 they raised, but then other churches got involved to help with the cause.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The constitution gives Congress oversight authority over the executive branch - remember that whole "checks and balances" concept which includes you, President Trump - as well as an impeachment option. That President Trump is now declaring the impeachment inquiry is "illegitimate" is absurd. It will be fascinating to see if Republicans contort themselves into Rule of Law pretzels in defense of what has become a cult of personality presidency, with poll after poll showing the public is not amused and, perhaps, has reached a tolerance threshold on Donald Trump's persistent dramas. Remember the central lesson from Watergate was the coverup was worse than the crime. Here, it could be the obstruction is worse than that original phone call. - Brian A. Howey


MYERS REACTS TO ENTRY OF MELTON, OWENS INTO INGOV RACE: Indiana Candidate for Governor Dr. Woody Myers issued the following statement on the announcement that Sen. Eddie Melton is running for Governor as a Democrat, along with Dr. Myers and Josh Owens (Howey Politics Indiana). “I welcome Senator Melton to the race and look forward to having a genuine conversation on the issues that matter most to Hoosiers. The Indiana voters will benefit from hearing real debate on the issues from all three of us,” Myers said. “I’m looking forward to a competitive and spirited primary focused on Democratic values. I’ve been traveling the state since I announced my intention to run in July and have been listening to Hoosiers who feel Indiana has not done enough to support teachers, improve health care access and help all workers make enough to provide for their families. I will be focusing on ways to permanently solve problems faced by Hoosiers during my campaign.”

HUPFER RESPONDS TO MELTON CANDIDACY: Kyle Hupfer, campaign manager of Eric Holcomb for Indiana, said that the governor has delivered results to Sen. Eddie Melton's home region. “Through Eddie Melton’s listening tour, he likely heard a great deal about the results Governor Holcomb is delivering throughout the state," Hupfer said (Howey Politics Indiana). That includes in Melton’s backyard of Northwest Indiana, where Governor Holcomb’s support for extending and double-tracking the South Shore Line, the creation of a new data center in Hammond, coordinating federal, state and local efforts to address the East Chicago lead crisis, and historic infrastructure investments have helped spur the region to strong growth.

MUELLER, HAAS DEBATE SOUTH BEND VIOLENCE: A month before the South Bend mayoral election, Republican Sean Haas and Democrat James Mueller agree on at least one thing: Voters are talking most about violent crime (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). “On the doors, at events, that’s the top issue on the minds of voters,” Mueller said. “Schools are something they say as well,” Haas said, “and I’ve always said that public safety and schools go hand-in-hand, but if we wanted to separate the issue, public safety is number one, by far.” Through the end of August, 79 people had been injured or killed in shootings this year. That’s an increase of almost 60 percent compared with the 50 shootings through the same period in 2018. The city also has seen an increase in homicides and assaults this year. The candidates held news conferences on the issue Tuesday, with Mueller outlining his “Reforming Public Safety” plan and Haas offering his plan and touting his recent endorsement by the local Fraternal Order of Police, the city’s union for officers. The Mueller plan lists 32 action items grouped by four subject areas: strategies to reduce violence, such as expanding the Group Violence Intervention program; recruiting and retaining a diverse police force; building more relationships through community policing and improving resident participation; and officer training and policies.

MITCHELL TO POST $100K: 5th CD Republican candidate Kelly Mitchell announced Tuesday that she has raised more than $100,000 in the 26 days since announcing her candidacy. All of the funds are eligible for the primary election (Howey Politics Indiana). Kory Wood, General Consultant, released the following statement: “The support for Kelly’s campaign has been overwhelming. Our report will reflect her strong support among prominent business leaders, influencers, and the grassroots all across the district. Kelly’s message is resonating and our campaign is building momentum everyday. I have no doubt that Kelly Mitchell will be the next Congresswoman from Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.”

ZODY COMMENTS ON MELTON: Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after State Senator Eddie Melton announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Indiana governor (Howey Politics Indiana). “Senator Eddie Melton joins a diverse and talented field for our Party’s nomination and I’m excited about the competition of ideas that will occur as the process plays out. Our Party continues to fight for working families and to raise educators’ pay. With health care costs spiraling out of control and the cost of living on the rise, do-nothing governor Eric Holcomb spent three years with his hands in his pockets. You’re more likely to accurately predict Indiana weather than identify a single notable Holcomb accomplishment. Hoosiers can't afford another four years of a governor who is unwilling or unable to take on the real challenges facing working families."

Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG BEGINS NEW DIGITAL ADS: Pete for America launched a paid digital ad to run statewide in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. The new 30-second spot, “Light the Way,” will run on social media platforms, YouTube, and Hulu across the three early states (Howey Politics Indiana).  The ad features footage from Mayor Buttigieg’s recent rally in Sparks, Nevada. When the power went out, the more than 800 attendees lit the stage with their phones to hear Pete finish his remarks. The text in the ad reads, “Even in dark times. Together, we can light the way to a better future.”

BUTTIGIEG SCHEDULE: On Thursday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will participate in the Human Rights Campaign Power of Pride Forum, airing live on CNN. On Saturday, Pete will join David Remnick on stage at the New Yorker Festival and host a town hall in Des Moines. On Sunday, Pete will participate in the UFCW Presidential Candidate Forum in Altoona, Iowa, and the Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner in Columbus, Ohio. And on Tuesday, Pete will take the stage for the CNN/NYT Democratic primary debate at Otterbein University.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPENDS $718K ON DIGITAL ADS: President Trump's campaign has poured millions of ad dollars into issues that resonate with his base. Immigration was the driver. Now, it's impeachment, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer reports. This past week it put $718,000 on Facebook impeachment ads (Axios). This is a stark reflection of Trump's fight-like-hell gambit. And it's not just Trump — this is a party-wide effort to cash in: The House and Senate Republican committees are also putting the majority of their digital ad dollars behind impeachment.

5TH DEM DEBATE SET: The fifth Democratic presidential primary debate will be on Nov. 20 in or around Atlanta, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday (Politico). The debate will air on on MSNBC and be co-hosted by The Washington Post. So far, eight candidates have qualified for the November debate, according to POLITICO's tracking: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. Qualification for the debate closes on Nov. 13, a week before the debate.

REED SAYS EVANGELICALS MUST BACK TRUMP IN 2020: One of Donald Trump’s most prominent Christian supporters will argue in a book due out before the 2020 general election that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president (Politico). The book’s author, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, became a loyal foot soldier for Trump immediately after he nabbed the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 — commanding hordes of white evangelical voters from his perch on the candidate’s religious advisory board to trust that the New York businessman would grow the economy, defend religious freedom and dismantle federal protections for abortion, if elected.


BRAUN TO COMPLETE 92 COUNTY LOOP THURSDAY: U.S. Sen. Mike Braun is set to complete his campaign promise of holding public events in all 92 counties on Thursday, October 10, 2019 with visits to Brown and Shelby County (Howey Politics Indiana).   "As I built my business and created jobs, one of my guiding principles was to meet and hear feedback from as many customers as possible. Since being elected to serve Hoosiers in the Senate, I’ve adopted a similar business model by fulfilling my promise to visit all 92 counties in Indiana each year," said Senator Mike Braun. “Throughout this journey, we’ve had conversations about creating jobs, protecting the Second Amendment, ways to help our veterans, and how we can lower the cost of healthcare and I look forward to continuing this Hoosier tradition in 2020.” Braun will appear at 1 p.m. at Grandma's Pancake House in Shelbyville and the Brown County Community Foundation at 3 p.m. in Nashville.

BANKS PRAISES CHINA PORTFOLIO RESTRICTION:  In reaction to reports that the Trump administration is moving ahead with discussions around possible restrictions on capital flows into China, with a particular focus on investments made by U.S. government pension funds, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-0released the following statement (Howey Politics Indiana). Banks said, “I am encouraged to see the Trump administration considering taking executive action to protect U.S. government workers from having to support the Chinese Communist Party with their retirement funds. China commits human-rights violations and threatens U.S. national security through economic and military actions every single day. We’ve been asleep at the wheel for too long, and I’m glad the U.S. is finally waking up to this threat.” Reports state that the move comes after U.S. lawmakers and China hawks pressured the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to protect U.S. government workers.

BUCSHON TOURS INTERNET FIRM: Hearing about future plans for expanding internet service in rural areas of Indiana was part of the tour Tuesday for U.S. Rep. Larry Bucschon during a visit to Joink LLC in Terre Haute (Terre Haute Tribune-Star). Bucshon, R-Newburgh, serves on the  House Committee of Energy and Commerce and the subcommittee on Digital Commerce. Communication infrastructure and net neutrality are important topics discussed by legislators, Bucshon said of his interest in learning about Joink. “We really appreciate Congressman Bucschon coming to our operation,” said Jackie McDonald, vice president of operations for Joink. “We’re proud to have 80 employees now and it’s quite a footprint. We cover about 400 miles in the surrounding area. We look to add more density to that and add more small businesses and enterprise customers.”

SENATORS DEMAND SYRIA BRIEFING: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) are demanding an all-senators briefing immediately on President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from key positions in northern Syria (The Hill). “We are concerned that this was an abrupt decision taken in the face of reported opposition from military and diplomatic advisers, and that thousands of hardened ISIS fighters and thousands more ISIS supporters currently in detention may become free to fight again as their Kurdish captors turn to defending themselves against a Turkish incursion,” Graham and Coons wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.).

GRAHAM SAYS TRUMP PUTTING 'NATION AT RISK': In an interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan last night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned President Trump in his harshest language yet for deciding to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, suggesting Trump is violating his oath of office by allowing Turkey to move in and attack the Kurds. Graham said Trump is making the biggest mistake of his presidency, against the advice of his national security team, and putting his presidency in peril. "I think he's putting the nation at risk, and I think he's putting his presidency at risk," Graham said. "And I hope he will adjust his policies like he did before. That would actually be a sign of real leadership."

JUDGE MAY GIVE MUELLER SECRET MATERIAL TO DEMS: A federal judge signaled Tuesday that she might give House Democrats access to some of Robert Mueller's remaining secrets (Politico). During a two-hour hearing, Beryl Howell, chief judge for the U.S. District Court, challenged the Justice Department to explain its 'extraordinary position' of trying to block lawmakers from seeing the special counsel's grand jury materials, which include testimony and evidence that has been kept private since the Mueller probe ended in March. Grand jury material is protected by law, but judges can release information under special circumstances. If Howell rules in Democrats' favor, it would represent a major legal victory for them and could help expand Congress' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

General Assembly

PFAFF TO BACK DeLANEY TEACHER PAY PLAN: State Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, has proposed a plan to improve teacher pay that sets the minimum teacher salary at $40,000 per year for public school teachers and freezes — rather than lowers — corporate tax rates to help pay for it (Loughlin, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). The plan also would have to draw on the state’s $2 billion surplus, he said. He and state Rep. Tonya Pfaff, D-Terre Haute, conducted a news conference Tuesday at Indiana State University; both are members of the House education committee. DeLaney pointed out that from 2002 to 2017, Indiana was “dead last” in teacher salary growth when compared to other states. In 2016-17, Indiana teachers made an average salary of $50,554, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, compared to $61,602 in Illinois and $57,000 in Ohio. Starting salaries in Indiana, however, can be as low as $30,000, according to a story this week in Chalkbeat Indiana.


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB SELECTS LAKE COUNTY JUDGE - Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced Judge Gina L. Jones as his appointment to the Lake County Superior Court to succeed Judge John R. Pera who retired in June (Howey Politics Indiana). Jones currently serves as a judge for the Merrillville Town Court, a position she has held for the past eight years. She also maintains a private practice. Prior to this, Jones served in the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, where from 2003 through 2010 she served as Executive Director of the Child Support Division. Jones, a native of Gary, earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. Jones will be sworn in as the judge of the Lake County Superior Court on a date to be determined.

GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB SCHEDULE - Below find Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s public schedule for October 9-10, 2019. Wednesday, October 9: WIFIA Loan Announcement, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Jim McGoff, COO of Indiana Finance Authority, 12:30 p.m., Indiana State House, South Atrium. Thursday, October 10: Community Crossings Grant Announcement, Gov. Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness, 10 a.m., Lamplighter Park, 201 West Vaughn Drive, Madison. Community Crossings Grant Announcement, Gov. Holcomb and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, 2 p.m. CT, Civic Center Complex, Room 301, 1 NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Evansville.

AGRICULTURE: KETTLER WITNESS JAPAN TRADE TREATY SIGNING - After President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a partial trade agreement two weeks ago at the United Nations General Assembly, that deal was officially signed in Washington on Monday. Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler was at the White House for the signing (Hoosier Ag Today). “The White House had reached out and wanted several folks to be on hand, as they do, to witness these kinds of things. I was asked by the Lieutenant Governor’s office to be able to attend and represent the state of Indiana. It certainly was an honor.”

HEALTH: BOX URGES FLU SHOTS - Indiana's health commissioner is urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots soon because flu cases are already appearing around the state (NWI Times). State Health Commissioner Kris Box says Indiana residents should "take steps quickly to protect themselves and their loved ones" because the flu can be deadly. Since the 2014-15 flu season, nearly 800 Hoosiers have died from flu-related illnesses. Vulnerable populations include the elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.

SPORTS: NBA ALL-STAR GAME COMING TO INDY - The NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis will leave a million-dollar legacy statewide (Berman, WIBC). The host committee for the game is taking grant applications from nonprofit groups for youth-focused programs focusing on either science and technology education, or on health and wellness. Pacers Sports and Education president Rick Fuson says organizers are picturing proposals like science labs, playgrounds, or basketball courts, but speculates someone could try to combine the two concepts with an outdoor teaching space. He says he hopes nonprofits will be "limited only by (their) imagination." Applications are open and are due by the end of the year, with the winners announced sometime between next year's All-Star Game in Chicago and the 2021 game in Indy. Fuson says the plan is to award 21 grants of about $50,000 each, with a goal of spreading them across the entire state -- including northwest Indiana, which the league normally classifies as Chicago Bulls territory. Fuson says the Bulls have agreed to let the Pacers promote the effort there.


WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP DEFENDS KURD BETRAYAL - President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility (AP). Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, who have fought alongside Americans for years, but he then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.Trump, in late afternoon remarks to reporters, appeared largely unconcerned at the prospect of Turkish forces attacking the Kurds, who include a faction he described as “natural enemies” of the Turks. “But I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane … they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,” Trump said.

WHITE HOUSE: ERDOGAN TO VISIT IN NOVEMBER - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Washington for a meeting with President Trump on Nov. 13, a White House official confirmed to the New York Post on Tuesday. On Monday, the president threatened to “obliterate” the Turkish economy should the NATO ally do anything “off limits” in Syria. Trump earlier announced that the US would pull out of northern Syria, a reversal in policy that threw the military situation there into fresh chaos and injected deeper uncertainty into American relations with European allies. Trump defended the move in a series of tweets, acknowledging that “the Kurds fought with us,” but adding that they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP PREPARES STALL & ATTACK STRATEGY - As House Democrats fire off more subpoenas, the White House is finalizing a high-stakes strategy to counter the impeachment threat to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat (AP). Trump aides are honing their approach after two weeks of what allies have described as a listless and unfocused response to the impeachment probe. One expected step is a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejecting the inquiry because Democrats haven't held a vote on the matter and moving to all but cease cooperation with Capitol Hill on key oversight matters. The strategy risks further provoking Democrats in the impeachment probe, setting up court challenges and the potential for lawmakers to draw up an article of impeachment accusing Trump of obstructing their investigations. But as lawmakers seek to amass ammunition to be used in an impeachment trial, the White House increasingly believes all-out warfare is its best course of action. "What they did to this country is unthinkable. It's lucky that I'm the president. A lot of people said very few people could handle it. I sort of thrive on it," Trump said Monday at the White House. "You can't impeach a president for doing a great job. This is a scam."

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP HIRES GOWDY FOR IMPEACHMENT TEAM - Trump has asked former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to assist him with legal advice from outside the White House and Gowdy has agreed, though details are yet to be finalized, according to people familiar with the situation (Axios). Gowdy is expected to appear on TV to advocate on behalf of the president. Gowdy's experience as the fiery chair of the House's Benghazi committee is seen as an asset, according to a person familiar with the situation.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP TARIFFS COST U.S. CORPORATIONS $34B - President Trump's tariffs have cost U.S. corporations $34 billion, according to data, provided first to Axios' Courtenay Brown, that was compiled by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a coalition of businesses and trade groups that oppose the tariffs.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump will sign executive orders on transparency in federal guidance and enforcement at 3:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room.

STATE: SONDLAND ORDERED NOT TO TESTIFY - A key witness in the House impeachment inquiry was ordered not to appear at a scheduled deposition on Tuesday, ramping up tensions between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration (The Hill). The State Department instructed Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland not to appear for the deposition, according to his counsel. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) later lashed out at the State Department, saying Sondland has messages on a personal device that are relevant to the impeachment inquiry. He and the chairmen of two other House panels said they would issue a subpoena to Sondland.


CITIES: MUNCIE COUNCIL FAILS TO PASS BUDGET - Department heads with Muncie city government rebuked proposed budget cuts Monday night during the Muncie City Council meeting, as members of the finance committee tried justifying moves that department heads called shortsighted (Ohlenkamp, Muncie Star Press). Council members ultimately failed to approve the 2020 general fund proposal of roughly $39.8 million, meaning that 2019's $39.5 million budget will be what the city has to operate off of for next year. The ramifications of passing the 2019 budget for 2020 are still being examined by council members. Nora Powell, who chairs the finance committee, said they are looking to see if it is possible to reverse the decision and pass a different budget. City council hasn’t failed to pass a new budget since 2009, when Republican Mayor Sharon McShurley vetoed the Democrat-controlled city council budget due to concerns over cuts.

CITIES: SEYMOUR COP UNDER PROBE -  Seymour Police Captain Carl Lamb has been placed on paid administrative leave while Indiana State Police investigate allegations of ghost employment and official misconduct, the Seymour Police Department announced Tuesday (CBS4). The department said an internal investigation will ensue once ISP’s investigation is completed. State police say the investigation is in its early stages.

CITIES: MUNCIE STARTUP WEEKEND - Budding entrepreneurs will this weekend have a chance to further their ideas at Startup Weekend Muncie (Inside Indiana Business). The event, which runs Friday through Sunday, brings together developers, designers, students and business people, who pitch ideas, form teams, and work to start a business over the course of 54 hours. Krystal Geyer, assistant director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Ball State University, says 35 participants are currently registered for the event, but they hope to have around 50 before it begins.

COUNTIES: TRI-WEST SUPT. RESIGNS - Parents and alumni of Tri-West High School in Lizton are outraged that the school district's superintendent is resigning (WIBC). Michael Springer tendered his resignation to the North West Hendricks School Board Tuesday afternoon. The moves comes after Springer had be pressuring the school board to terminate Tri-West football coach and math teacher Tyler Bruce over the last year. Bruce has been on paid leave from the school district after he was at the center of accusations that he had acted inappropriately with an 11th grade female student of his during the 2018-2019 school year. He's accused of communicating with the girl through SnapChat and asking for naked pictures of her. Bruce denied all claims of misconduct. No charges have been filed against him.

COUNTIES: LAKE BANS VAPING INSIDE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS -  The prohibition on smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Lake County government buildings now includes using electronic cigarettes, or similar devices, to vape nicotine or other liquids (Carden, NWI Times). On Tuesday, the Lake County Council unanimously approved an ordinance adding vaping to the county's existing ban on smoking in government buildings, or within 8 feet of any entrance. The vaping ban came about after a county government employee was found to be vaping at work, since vaping wasn't covered by the county's indoor smoking restrictions.