Good morning, and happy Friday. It’s been another busy week, hasn’t it? Here’s the Digest.

1. Swanson to sue over family separations. Attorney General Lori Swanson said Thursday that Minnesota will join with other states preparing to sue the Trump administration over the “inhumane treatment of children” who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Swanson, who is also a DFL candidate for governor, said she and other officials around the country are concerned about the welfare of the more than 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents. Those separations followed a federal “zero-tolerance” policy for people attempting to cross the border outside of official checkpoints. Swanson said President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that he would stop the practice of family separation left a number of unanswered questions — and that a federal court should step in to ensure the children are reunited with their families. “Simply put, there is too much chaos and too many unanswered questions surrounding the treatment of these children, necessitating the involvement of a federal court to ensure that constitutional safeguards are being met,” she said in a statement released by her office. (Star Tribune)

2. Lawsuit filed over Twin Metals leases. A group of nine northeastern Minnesota businesses and an environmental group sued the U.S. Department of the Interior Thursday, seeking to overturn the reinstatement last month of two federal mineral leases to a company seeking to build a copper-nickel mine near the border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The plaintiffs, which include a number of canoe outfitters and a resort around the wilderness, argue that the reinstatement of the leases to Twin Metals Minnesota was unlawful, and poses an immediate threat to their businesses, the outdoor recreation economy and the environment. The Interior Department reinstated Twin Metals’ expired leases early last month. The Obama administration had declined to renew them in late 2016, citing the potential harm to the Boundary Waters. The proposed mine site is upstream from the popular wilderness area. (MPR News)

3.  Big retailers hail Supreme Court sales tax decision. Minnesota’s biggest retailers heralded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to clear the way for states to require companies such as Amazon and Wayfair to collect sales tax. Brick-and-mortar businesses, including Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc., have long complained that they are disadvantaged by having to charge sales taxes while many of their online competitors do not. States have said that they are missing out on tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue under a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that helped spur the rise of internet shopping. On Thursday, the court voted 5-4 to overrule its decision on Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which had said that the Constitution bars states from requiring businesses to collect sales taxes unless they have a substantial connection to the state. (Star Tribune)

4.  New charges for accused mosque bombers. A grand jury has added civil rights and hate crimes violations to charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. Federal prosecutors announced the new five-count indictment Thursday against 47-year-old Michael Hari, 29-year-old Michael McWhorter and 23-year-old Joe Morris. They were previously charged with arson in Minnesota. They’re being held in Illinois on separate charges. They’re accused of traveling from Clarence, Illinois, to carry out the Aug. 5 pipe-bombing at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center. The explosion damaged an office just as morning prayers were about to begin, but nobody was hurt. (MPR News)

5. Enbridge Energy says its customers want more oil, and if a new pipeline doesn’t bring it to them, it will get there on trains instead. “You’re not stopping any oil from coming out of the ground. They’re putting it on the rails and driving it right next to your elementary schools, right next to your nursing homes, right through small towns all across the state,” Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said during a speech last month. To many, that’s a scary thought. But project opponents, including environmentalists, are skeptical. “There’s no evidence to suggest that we would see more trains,” said Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, who opposes the Line 3 project.  A few years ago, he and other lawmakers were concerned about the large number of trains carrying North Dakota’s Bakken oil through Minnesota. But oil-by-rail has dropped off significantly since then, and most of what is being produced is moving by pipeline. (MPR News)

Good morning and welcome to Thursday. Here’s the Digest.

1. Thousands attend Trump rally in Duluth. Hours after he signed an executive order reversing course on his policy of separating migrant families at the border, President Trump was in Duluth for a campaign rally in front of more than 8,000 supporters. While he touched on immigration, most of his wide ranging hour-long speech was spent urging Minnesotans to vote for Republicans and promising to win the state when he runs for reelection in 2020. Trump started the rally at the AMSOIL Arena by bringing up his defeat in Minnesota in the 2016 presidential race. “I thought I was going to do it, I needed one more visit, one more visit. One more speech.” In his first visit to the state as president, he made it clear he’s not going to lose narrowly again in 2020. (MPR News)

2. A closer look at some of the president’s claims. During his brief stint in the state, Trump covered a lot of ground, telling crowds he has created millions of jobs, lowered unemployment to its lowest levels in the nation’s history and brought the dying steel industry back to life with his recent tariffs. He also took a few digs at Democrats on immigration, accusing them of favoring open borders to Mexico. His comments were met with cheers from his supporters in the Amsoil Arena, but as is common with the first-term president, not all of his statements were completely accurate. Here are a handful of things Trump said during his visit to Minnesota — and how they hold up to the facts. (MPR News)

3. Did Trump drop a hint about who he wants to be governor?  President Trump never mentioned Tim Pawlenty at the rally Wednesday. But with a shout-out to Pawlenty’s running mate, Michelle Fischbach, the president seemed to all but endorse Pawlenty’s bid for the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor this year. That’s good news for Pawlenty, who is hoping to revive his political career with a return to the Minnesota statehouse as governor, where he served two terms a decade ago. Like many Republican veterans, Pawlenty is struggling to navigate a party that Trump has transformed. He is trying to embrace Trump enough to placate him and his supporters, but not so much that he scares away voters who don’t like the president but whose votes he would need in the November election. (Washington Post)

4.  Simon seeks federal money for election security. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a pitch to Congress Wednesday for more money to aid election security efforts across the country. Simon, part of a group of state election officials testifying on election security, told the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration that while he was pleased with the $6.6 million already on its way to Minnesota, ongoing federal money was needed to fight the ongoing threat of election-system hacking. “There is no end zone where you get to spike the ball. There is no tape that you get to cross,” Simon said. “You always have to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, and the bad guys get smarter every year. And by the way, some of them are funded by foreign governments with virtually unlimited resources.” Minnesota was among 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016. (MPR News)

5. Margaret Anderson Kelliher attempts a comeback in CD5. Though she once held one of the most powerful positions in state government — she was speaker of the Minnesota House for four years — Margaret Anderson Kelliher dropped off the political map after falling short in her 2010 bid for governor. Eight years later, as she re-enters politics to run in the DFL primary for Minnesota’s 5th District congressional seat, Anderson Kelliher finds herself in an alien landscape: Moderate Democrats have been replaced with populist Bernie Sanders loyalists, and anger over Tim Pawlenty’s budget cuts has been replaced with the existential dread brought on by Donald Trump. Her task now is not only to remind CD5 Democrats of what she did in the Legislature a decade ago, but to convince them that any of that still matters in today’s politics. (MinnPost)

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a pitch to Congress Wednesday for more money to aid election security efforts across the country.

Simon, part of a group of state election officials testifying on election security, told the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration that while he was pleased with the $6.6 million already on its way to Minnesota, ongoing federal money was needed to fight the ongoing threat of election-system hacking.

“There is no end zone where you get to spike the ball. There is no tape that you get to cross,” Simon said. “You always have to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, and the bad guys get smarter every year. And by the way, some of them are funded by foreign governments with virtually unlimited resources.”

Minnesota was among 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016.

Simon said he believes Minnesota’s use of paper ballots is a “huge advantage” for warding off such attacks and keeping the election system secure. He said more states are now returning to that “old school” approach.

“It’s very hard to hack paper,” he said.

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the panel’s ranking Democrat, is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at protecting federal elections from cybersecurity threats. The measure would establish minimum security standards for states and provide funding for system upgrades.

Klobuchar said the integrity of the democracy is at stake.

“Hack us once, shame on them, hack us twice, shame on us, if we don’t do anything about it,” Klobuchar said. “We know it happened, and we know it will happen again.”