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NYPD cop resigns 1.5 years after breaking into Tennessee home and racially terrorizing black family

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A New York Police Department officer has resigned nearly a year and a half after he was accused of terrorizing a black family in Tennessee.

Officer Michael Reynolds, 26, was convicted last year of a racist attack on Conese Halliburton and her four sons.

The officer was accused of breaking into the family’s home while visiting Nashville, Tennessee in July of 2018. Video captured at the time shows Reynolds threatening the family.

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“Try to shoot me, and I’ll break every f—ing bone in your f—ing neck,” Reynolds shouted before calling the family “f—ing n—ers.”

According to PIX, Officer Michael Reynolds was notified on Dec. 30 that he was to begin his disciplinary process on Jan 2.

Reynolds decided to resign instead of showing up for disciplinary action.

Attorneys for Reynolds had hoped that taking a plea bargain would allow him to keep his job with the NYPD. But calls for his firing have increased in recent days. One petition had garnered 26,000 signatures.

Reynolds served 15 days in jail and was sentenced to three

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Trump administration quietly guts COVID-19 paid leave provision that already excluded 75 percent of workers

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The Trump administration has quietly issued new guidance that will exempt many small businesses from having to provide some workers with paid leave during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Labor issued a temporary rule Wednesday that effectively exempted businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being required to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers whose children are suddenly at home from school or child care under the coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report

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The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.

But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."

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Vaccine researchers grew ‘alarmed’ as Trump’s CDC wasted weeks of their time with a flawed coronavirus test: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.

As it turned out, that test was flawed.

Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."

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