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Josh Duggar leaves Christian rehab facility as sisters sell new reality series

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Josh Duggar has left a Christian rehabilitation facility where he has been undergoing treatment for what he describes as an addiction to Internet pornography.

The 28-year-old former reality TV star and anti-LGBT activist spent six months at the facility in Illinois after admitting to multiple infidelities, reported Entertainment Tonight.

“He’ll be back very, very soon,” a source told People.

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Duggar’s name turned up in a data breach of the adultery website Ashley Madison, and he issued a statement confessing to a pornography addiction.

That admission came just weeks after reports revealed he had molested five girls, including four of his sisters, about a decade earlier.

The prodigious evangelical Christian family will return March 15 to TLC with the first full season of “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” a new reality show focusing on the two eldest married daughters — who each admitted their eldest brother molested them as children.

His sisters insist in promotional videos for the new series that they have forgiven their brother, and his wife discusses her ongoing public humiliation.

“I don’t know how to handle each situation,” Anna Duggar says in the video. “It’s not anything I ever would have thought I would walk through. [I tell myself,] ‘Just do the next right thing, have the next right response for the next 15 minutes.’”

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She traveled in January to Reformers Unanimous in Rockford for a visit with the couple’s four young children.

“It was an important step on a long difficult road,” Anna wrote on the family’s official blog. “I can never express how your kindness and prayers have brought encouragement when I needed it most — outpacing the grief and discouragement at every turn. I trust that God will continue to show His love and tenderness toward us and bring beauty from ashes — somehow — as only He can do. Please continue to pray for me, Josh and our children.”

A porn actress dropped her $500,000 sex assault lawsuit last month against Josh Duggar after evidence called some of her claims into question.

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A non-relative is reportedly planning to sue Josh Duggar for sexually abusing her, although it’s not clear what actions, if any, have been taken in that case.

Legal experts say that lawsuit would almost certainly force Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to reveal what they knew about their son’s pattern of sexual abuse and any actions they took to cover up his actions.

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The couple would not be able to invoke the Fifth Amendment because the criminal statute of limitations has expired for any crimes related to the alleged cover-up, experts say.

Josh Duggar lost his paid position with the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council after the molestation reports were revealed.

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China reports 323 new cases of mysterious virus — as death toll rises to 54

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The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.

The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.

President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

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California offers to reimburse Trump for abortions — but he has to free the women from non-disclosure agreements

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The state of California is offering to reimburse President Donald Trump for any abortions he's paid for in the state, but there's a catch.

On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a "notice of violation" against the state for mandating universal abortion coverage in health insurance plans sold in the state, which the administration claims is "unlawful discrimination."

“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

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Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.

"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."

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