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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio (front). Photo: Elijah Nouvelage via Getty

The leader of the far-right Proud Boys was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Monday and charged with destruction of property, police said, ahead of planned protests against the congressional certification of the 2020 election results, scheduled for Wednesday.

Driving the news: Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys, told the Washington Post in December that he participated in the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner that had been taken from a historic Black church during protests last month in the nation's capital.

  • Police also found Tarrio in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines upon his arrest Monday, resulting in additional charges, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said.

What to watch: Tarrio’s presence was expected at the March for Trump slated for Tuesday and Wednesday. It is unclear if or when Tarrio will be released.

  • Tarrio has said on the social media app, Parler, that the Proud Boys would “turn out in record numbers on Jan 6th.” They will not wear their typical black and gold garb, but instead "spread" across downtown D.C. "incognito," he said, per the New York Times.
  • Trump himself has encouraged supporters to show up to the protests.

The big picture: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has activated the National Guard for the march and urged residents to avoid the downtown area.

  • She pointed to the violence that ensued during the mid-December march where several people were stabbed.

Of note: The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church filed a lawsuit Monday against Tarrio and the Proud Boys for "engaging in acts of terror and vandalizing church property in an effort to intimidate the Church and silence its support for racial justice" during the mid-December protests.

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Black Lives Matter movement nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Protestors take part in a Black Lives Matter march outside the Parliament building in Oslo, Norway in solidarity with U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd. Photo by Stian Lysberg Solum/AFP via Getty Images

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for compelling countries around the world to address systemic racism.

Why it matters: The BLM movement launched in 2013 following George Zimmerman's acquittal for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager. The case kickstarted the international movement to address the controversial deaths of Black people, particularly at the hands of police.

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Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.