Juan Guaidó (left) with Edgar Zambrano (right). Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

The vice president of Venezuela's National assembly, Edgar Zambrano, was arrested by state police in Caracas on Wednesday evening, reports the Washington Post.

The state of play: Zambrano was leaving the Democratic Action party's headquarters when a SEBIN intelligence unit surrounded his car. Zambrano tweeted: "We democrats we will keep fighting!" as he was towed away while still inside his car. This comes after he stood with opposition leader Juan Guaidó on April 30 to encourage the military to rise against President Nicolas Maduro, reports the AP. Zambrano has been charged with treason, conspiracy and rebellion per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Government supporters have advocated for Maduro to order arrests following last week's failed uprising. But experts suggest an attempt to arrest Guaidó risks a strong U.S. response. Already, the U.S. already cautioned against "grave consequences."

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Parties trade election influence accusations at Big Tech hearing

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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Germany goes back into lockdown

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will enact one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns since spring, closing bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.

How overhyping became an election meddling tool

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As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.