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Hours after an administrative judge recommended the New York Police Department fire officer Daniel Pantaleo, a white officer accused of choking Eric Garner in 2014, the NYPD decided to suspend Pantaleo, reports AP.

The big picture: This comes just 2 weeks after the Department of Justice decided not to pursue federal charges against Pantaleo.

  • The department says a suspension is a "standard move" in disciplinary cases when termination is recommended, per AP.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received backlash this week during the 2020 Democratic primary debates in Detroit as protestors called for him to fire Pantaleo, reports the New York Times.

The backdrop: Pantaleo was accused of putting a chokehold on Garner after stopping him on a Staten Island street for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, per the New York Times. Pantaleo had been on desk duty since the incident.

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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

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The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.