Good morning, and welcome to Monday. I hope you had a good weekend. Apparently there was a big mix-up at the Academy Awards last night, but as far as I can tell no one was injured. Here’s the Digest.

1. Keith Ellison left the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta with a new title, but it wasn’t the one he wanted. The Minnesota congressman is now the deputy chairman of the DNC, under Tom Perez, who out-polled him on Saturday for the top job. That means Ellison will be staying in Congress, and the host of Democrats who had hoped to succeed him will have to continue waiting. (MPR News)

2. A demonstration in Minneapolis over the weekend turned into an altercation inside the usually quiet Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Three people who appeared to be neo-Nazis fought with several others in another group of activists, a witness said Sunday. Institute Director Kaywin Feldman said some of those involved in the incident were among roughly two dozen people staging a protest outside the museum in opposition to anti-immigration sentiment in the United States. When the group said to look like neo-Nazis entered the admission-free museum, several from the protest outside followed, and a fight ensued amid the 18th-century European art. (Star Tribune)

3. About 54 percent of the presidential vote in Worthington went to Donald Trump, whose immigration policies are now causing plenty of concern in southwest Minnesota. The vote total doesn’t seem to square up with the town’s need for immigrant workers and its increasingly diverse population, which began transforming Worthington from a nearly all white community to a rainbow of faces some 30 years ago when the town’s meatpacking plant expanded. (MPR News)

4. There is a backlog of more than 5,100 immigration cases covering Minnesota, the Dakotas and western Wisconsin. Nationally, the backlog exceeded 542,000 cases for the first time last year, according to data from Syracuse University. Supporters of the administration’s harder line on enforcement say record immigration court backlogs do pose a hurdle. But they note that the administration plans to bypass court hearings for more recent or repeat border crossers and for more immigrants with criminal convictions. (Star Tribune)

5. President Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that would include sharp increases in Defense Department spending; major cuts to other agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency; and no reductions to the largest entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare, according to four senior administration officials. (New York Times)

Good morning and happy Friday. Here’s the Digest.

1. The Minnesota House passed legislation Thursday evening to move the state toward compliance with the federal Real ID law. The House and Senate passed Real ID implementation bills last year, but a disagreement over unauthorized immigrants getting drivers’ licenses prevented a final resolution. That issue is still causing concern about the legislation. (MPR News)

2. Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday blasted the Trump administration edict withdrawing protections for transgender students to use school bathrooms based on the gender they identify with.  “This is not a quote states’ right issue, this is a human rights issue. And it should be a constitutionally protected right,” the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor said. “As a person of faith, I am mystified that others who profess to be people of faith demonize school children who simply want to go to the bathroom.”  (Pioneer Press)

3. Gov. Dayton Thursday tapped former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz to take over as interim chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Blatz was named to the post a week after the MSFA’s two top leaders — chair Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale — stepped down amid criticism of the agency’s use of suites at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mondale and Kelm-Helgen had been in the crosshairs for weeks following media reports that agency friends, family members and allies were enjoying Vikings games, concerts and other perks in the authority’s suites. (MPR News)

4. Democratic Party leaders are torn about whether their attempted comeback should be about taking on President Trump personally or keeping the focus largely on his policies. Some say that Hillary Clinton spent a lot of time criticizing Trump during the campaign and not enough talking about what she wanted to do. Even so, in a debate this week among those seeking to lead the Democratic National Committee, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison said Trump has done things that “legitimately raise the question of impeachment.” Ellison cited ongoing concern about Trump’s business entanglements. (MPR News)

5. Stephen Bannon, the White House chief strategist, used his first speaking appearance since President Trump took office to vow that the president would honor all of the pledges of his campaign. Bannon used the term “deconstruction of the administrative state,” meaning the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president says have stymied economic growth and infringed upon U.S. sovereignty. Bannon says that the post-World War II political and economic consensus is failing and should be replaced with a system that empowers ordinary people over coastal elites and international institutions. (Washington Post)

Updated 12:42 p.m. | Posted 10:44 a.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday attacked a federal decision to pull back on rules intended to accommodate the needs of transgender children in schools.

The United States Justice and Education departments said Wednesday that public schools no longer need to follow Obama administration orders requiring that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.

The Obama rules provoked a legal backlash in parts of the country, including a Virginia, Minn., lawsuit, with some arguing that children could be forced into an intimate setting with someone of the opposite sex.

Trump administration officials on Wednesday said those decisions should rest with state and local governments.

Dayton, however, criticized that move and urged Minnesota schools to adhere to the Obama-era regulations and protect transgender students. He noted that the most recent Minnesota student survey showed transgender students feel less safe in schools than other students.

“These are vulnerable people,” Dayton told reporters. “They deserve our compassion and support, not our attacks and demonization.”

State law, he added, still requires school districts to ensure that transgender students, like all other students, are provided with safe learning environments and are not harassed.

“As a person of Christian faith, I am mystified that others who profess to be people of faith would demonize school children who simply want to go to the bathroom,” the governor said.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said he believes turning decisions about transgender students back to the states is appropriate. Gazelka said local school leaders should be able to work through the issue “as they see fit.”

“Every situation is different, and I think that’s a better way to do it,” Gazelka said.

MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire contributed to this report.