Good morning. Here it is Thursday already and there’s a lot of news to consider. Congress actually passed a continuing resolution and overrode a presidential veto on Wednesday. But there is other ground to cover in the Digest.
1. Millions of dollars have already been spent on the campaign for control of the Minnesota Legislature, and millions more are coming. Reports released Wednesday showed the legislative caucuses and outside groups are spending and stockpiling lots of money, and aiming a lot of it at key races that are likely to determine which party has the majority in both the House and Senate. (Pioneer Press)
2. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has finished its investigation of the police shooting of Philando Castile. The agency handed its findings over to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who must now decide if he alone will choose whether to to prosecute St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Castile’s death or hand the case to a grand jury to determine whether Yanez should be charged. (MPR News)
3. A Democratic super PAC has cancelled more than half a million dollars in scheduled advertising on behalf of Democrat Terri Bonoff in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. Bonoff is challenging Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen, and Republicans say the cancelled ads are a good sign that Paulsen is winning. (Roll Call)
4. FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing that he believes Dahir Adan, the man who injured 10 people at a St. Cloud shopping mall stabbing earlier this month before he was shot and killed, appears to have been inspired, at least in part, by extremist ideology. Comey didn’t provide many details and said the FBI is “still working on it.” (AP)
5. Donald Trump and his surrogates have begun trying to use Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities against Hillary Clinton. They say the way she reacted to his affairs denigrated the women Bill Clinton was involved with. The strategy has obvious risks, especially since Trump’s own unfaithfulness was the stuff of tabloid headlines, but it’s not the first time it has come up. (Washington Post)