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Trump throws support behind Pennsylvania Republican who threatens to ‘rule with the fear of God’

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President Donald Trump is backing a Christian nationalist Republican candidate in a Pennsylvania special election.

State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth) is running against former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb for the 18th congressional district seat vacated by Republican Tim Murphy, and the president will campaign in the district he won by 20 points.

“It’s you and me against the fake news in the fight to elect Republicans like Rick Saccone to Congress,” Trump wrote in a campaign email.

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“The president feels really great about those who are pushing for his agenda of lower taxes and fewer regulations and a stronger military, a well-funded military, people who believe in the coal-mining industry, steel, aluminum and manufacturing,” said White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who took part Thursday in a Saccone fundraiser. “And it seems that Rick Saccone is right there with the president on those issues and that’s important because the president wants reliable votes in Washington.”

The race is considered a tossup just days ahead of the March 13 special election, and the GOP is bracing for a potentially embarrassing defeat.

Saccone, a career foreign service officer who spent years on the Korean peninsula, initially announced last year that he would run for the U.S. Senate, but he later decided to shoot for the House seat that opened up when news broke that Murphy, a pro-life Republican, had asked his pregnant mistress to get an abortion.

Christian nationalist pseudo-historian David Barton and Sam Rohrer, a former Pennsylvania state representative who now heads the American Pastors Network, led an opening prayer for Saccone’s senatorial campaign.

Afterward, reported Right Wing Watch, Saccone appeared on Rohrer’s radio program, where he said that he is running for Congress because God wants “people who will rule with the fear of God in them to rule over us.”

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Those comments, and Saccone’s close association with Barton and Rohrer, illustrate his view of government as the political arm of the church.

Saccone credits divine intervention for Trump’s election win and warns God will judge the United States for placing women in positions of political leadership, and he blamed the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub on LGBT rights.

“For two generations, our children have not been taught the virtue of the founding and the founders,” Saccone said during a 2015 prayer rally. “Secularists have disparaged our past and erased any trace of our godly heritage. They deny American exceptionalism and they condemn patriotism. And I tell you this, if we don’t teach our children to honor God and love their country, the secularists will teach them not to.”

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Shocking photos document the devastating flooding pummeling San Francisco

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San Francisco was battered by a heavy winter storm on Saturday that caused localized flooding throughout the city.

"A low pressure system off the Northern California coast Saturday hurled bans of strong downpours into the Bay Area, triggering a flood warning for San Francisco," KPIX-TV reported.

"San Francisco Muni officials tweeted that train service between West Portal to Embarcadero Station had been shut down due to flooding. Several streets were flooded in San Francisco’s western neighborhood including knee-high water at 15th Ave and Wawona," the station noted.

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North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report

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North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.

"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.

The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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#UPDATE North Korea conducts a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reports, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked https://t.co/abYhRDvBic pic.twitter.com/neCYEQTEhf

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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