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Photo: U.S. Capitol Police

The U.S. Capitol Police said Monday it arrested a California man armed with multiple knives outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.

The big picture: The arrest occurred just days before a Sept. 18 rally planned in support of individuals arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan. 6. The USCP said it is "closely monitoring" the event, which is known as "Justice for J6."

Details: The USCP said in a press release that an officer, while on patrol, spotted a pickup truck with "white supremacist symbols" painted on it. The truck did not have a license plate and was pulled over near DNC headquarters.

  • The driver, identified as 44-year-old Donald Craighead, allegedly told officers that he was "on patrol" and spoke of "white supremacist ideology," per the USCP.
  • The officers said they spotted a machete and bayonet, which are both illegal in D.C.
  • The USCP also said that "it is not clear if he was planning to attend any upcoming demonstrations or if he has ties to any previous cases in the area."

Flashback: In August, a man who claimed to have a bomb was arrested near the Capitol. The suspect warned of a "revolution" in a video broadcast on Facebook and expressed hostility toward President Biden.

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Capitol Police reported more than 4,000 threats against lawmakers in first months of 2021

A members of the U.S. Capitol Police responds to demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol U.S. on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In the first three months of 2021, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) reported 4,135 threats against members of Congress, a rate so high that if it continues the total number of threats could be double the amount in 2020, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot put a renewed focus on security as well as the USCP shortcomings and constraints in addressing these threats.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.

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