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Josh Duggar quits anti-LGBT religious group as demand grows for family’s TLC show cancellation

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Reality star and conservative activist Josh Duggar has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council amid allegations that he molested underage girls as a teenager, People magazine reported.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar said in a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

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The uproar against Duggar and his show developed after police documents obtained by In Touch Weekly revealed that Duggar had been investigated multiple times for allegedly fondling underage girls, including his own sisters.

According toHollywood Life, that prompted calls for his show, 19 Kids and Counting, to be cancelled.

TLC has canceled all airing of “19 Kids and Counting” as the network ponders the show’s long0term future.

While the outcry is not a formal campaign, a search of Duggar’s name on Twitter shows several users lobbying The Learning Channel, which broadcasts the program, including progressive blogger JoeMyGod:

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Duggar’s father reportedly told police that Duggar admitted to molesting the girls in 2002, but the TLC star was not charged at the time, and the three-year statute of limitations involved in such cases expired.

Late last year, Duggar’s mother Michelle lobbied against a local ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas that barred discrimination against residents based on their gender or sexuality.

Michelle Duggar recorded “robocalls” that went out to residents urging them to overturn Ordinance 119, saying, “I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.” The statute was overturned, after 52 percent of voters chose to have it struck down.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has classified Duggar’s former employer as an anti-LGBT hate group, saying “its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians.”


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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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