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'Rotten to the core!' Republican senator Ben Sasse slams Donald Trump's pardon spree after Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner's father are given clemency with promise of more to come

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Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse delivered a short denunciation of President Donald Trump's spree of pardons rewarding political allies and friends – including those like Paul Manafort who refused to cooperate with prosecutors in the Russia probe. 'This is rotten to the core,' said Sasse, one of the most outspoken elected Republicans when it comes to leveling criticism at the president. Sasse issued the single-line statement Wednesday night as the nation amid the White House's second consecutive night dumping information on pardons Trump issued using his virtually limitless unchecked power in that area.  'ROTTEN TO THE CORE': Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) condemned Trump's spate of pardons A brief statement said he made the comment after Trump 'exercised his constitutional power to issue pardons to another tranche of felons like Manafort and Stone who flagrantly and repeatedly violated the law and harmed Americans.'  Despite calling out Trump after his pardon of Ma

One in 85 people in England now have coronavirus, HALF of them have new super-infectious variant and London cases have TREBLED in just two weeks, official data shows

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One in every 85 people in England is now infected with coronavirus, half of them have caught the new super-infectious strain and cases in London have trebled in two weeks, according to official statistics.  But Office for National Statistics data shows the epidemic is being driven by southern regions, where the variant has become the dominant strain, with cases still  falling of flattening in the North and Midlands, where it is yet to become widespread. Officials fear, however, it is only a matter of time before the mutant variant – which is up to 56 per cent more infectious than regular Covid and was first detected in Kent in September – becomes prevalent everywhere. About two-thirds of people testing positive in London, the East and the South East, are thought to have the new variant, the ONS said. Nationally, the strain is thought to make up 50 per cent of infections. The ONS estimates 645,800 people were infected with coronavirus in the week ending December 18, which marked a 14