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TLC officially cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Josh Duggar admits to molesting girls as a teen

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TLC has canceled its long-running reality show “19 Kids and Counting” almost two months after revelations that Josh Duggar molested his sisters and other girls as they slept.

The series “will no longer appear on the air,” the network told the Associated Press on Thursday. TLC said it has joined with two prominent child-protection organizations to raise awareness about child sexual abuse with an hour-long documentary that will air next month.

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The show centered around the Duggar family, who adhere to a patriarchal Christian movement called Quiverfull, and was on the air for 10 seasons.

TLC pulled “19 Kids and Counting” off the air in May after Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal made national headlines, but the show sat in limbo and was not officially canceled until this week.

Jim Bob Duggar, a former Republican state lawmaker, said he disciplined his son, who was 14 years old at the time, and took him a year later with church elders to meet with a state trooper and family friend, Jim Hutchens — who gave the teen a “very stern talk” but did not take any official action.

The case was investigated in 2006 after producers for Oprah Winfrey’s show received an email tip about the abuse before the family was set to appear, and they canceled the appearance and contacted authorities.

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An investigation found multiple victims, including some who lived in the Duggar home, claimed Josh Duggar had molested them — but police said the statute of limitations had run out and Josh Duggar was never prosecuted.

The 27-year-old Duggar resigned from his position with the anti-LGBT Family Research Council after admitting to “inexcusable” actions.

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A judge with ties to Duggar family friend Mike Huckabee, the GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, ordered the police report destroyed after it was released to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request.

“19 Kids and Counting” began in September 2008, and the family has leveraged their fame to speak out against LGBT and abortion rights.

It’s not clear whether TLC knew of the allegations against the Duggars until they were published by In Touch Weekly, but rumors of the sex abuse have circulated online for years.

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“Mama June” Shannon, who appeared in the cable network’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” said she was considering a lawsuit against TLC – which promptly canceled her popular show in October after she began dating an accused molester.

Two other TLC reality shows — “Cheer Perfection” and “Sons of Guns” — were abruptly canceled over sex abuse allegations against cast members.

Another show, “Cake Boss,” was renewed in January despite sex assault charges against a former cast member.

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Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.

"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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