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The Southern border at Sunland Park, New Mexico. File photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The FBI said Saturday its agents arrested a member of a militia group in New Mexico that's been stopping migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Details: United Constitutional Patriots leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a weapon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

What they're saying: Balderas called Hopkins a "dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families."

"Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes."

The backdrop: The UCP says its actions "stand up" for the rights of Americans to "help keep America safe," but the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday called the group a "fascist militia organization" that unlawfully arrests migrants. New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) launched an investigation into the UCP.

The other side: UCP spokesman Jim Benvie blamed Grisham for Hopkins' arrest, according to Reuters. "We’re not worried about it, he’s going to be cleared," he told the news agency.

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China's latest move to ban cryptocurrency shows how tough it will be for the technology to deliver on its backers' vision of disruptive, decentralized change.

The big picture: Control of the currency is a foundation of sovereignty, and governments don't plan on losing that control even as money inevitably turns digital.

D.C. homicides fueled by rundown properties

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Angela Washington was the last line of defense for residents at the Oak Hill Apartments in Southeast besieged by gun violence. Then, on the evening of Sept. 21, the 41-year-old special police officer was shot to death.

Why it matters: The District’s spike in gun violence is being linked partly to rundown properties that city officials and residents say have become magnets for criminal activity.

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The Senate's bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and President Biden's $3.5 trillion spending package could live or die this week — and take Democrats' fortunes with them. But all the minute-by-minute political drama obscures how much America could change if even a fraction of it passes.

The big picture: Anything short of total failure could have a transformative impact on day-to-day life — from how we move around to our access to the internet, paid family leave and child care, health care and college.