Antiabortion activist abruptly steps down as head of HHS’s family planning division

Juliet Eilperin and Paige Winfield Cunningham, The Washington Post Published 2:08 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Continue Reading

Supermodel Yfke Sturm in a coma after surfing accident

A Victoria’s Secret supermodel is fighting for her life after she fractured her skull in a freak surfing accident last week off Italy. Yfke Sturm, who gave birth to her first child just one month ago, fell off a motorized surfboard near the island of Ischia and was struck by another jet-surfer at high speed as she tried to swim to shore, the Mirror reports. The 33-year-old beauty suffered severe spinal as well as head injuries, the U.K. paper adds. The London-based Dutch model was airlifted to a Naples hospital, where she remains in a coma. Sturm is reportedly at serious risk of permanent paralysis. On Aug. 8, she posted on Facebook: “Words can not describe how excited we are for the arrival of our son Alexander!!” Sturm has worked for designers such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Chanel and appeared in Victoria’s Secret runway shows. She has also hosted “Holland’s Next Top Model.” Sturm’s modeling career took off in 1997, when she won an international modeling contest at 15 years old. SUN, SAND AND SERIOUS BUSINESS As usual, Amal Clooney shows up other celebs. George’s better half has been in the Maldives, a swanky resort destination — not to sip mai tais but to fight for the release of jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed. Writing in Britain’s Guardian newspaper in April, she said Nasheed was imprisoned “for the crime of ‘terrorism’ following a politically motivated show trial.” BEY’S PHILLY ROAD SHOW The unlikely place to see and be seen over the weekend was the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Stars including Michael Strahan, Chris Rock, Nick Jonas, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj hit a stretch of the (temporarily shut down) highway to see a performance by Beyoncé, part of Budweiser’s Made in America concert. We hear Jay Z opened a bottle of D’Ussé Cognac as soon Continue Reading

Jim Bob, Michelle Duggar celebrate 31st wedding anniversary days after ‘19 Kids and Counting’ cancellation

The scandal-plagued Duggars finally have something positive to celebrate: Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s wedding anniversary. The couple commemorated 31 years of marriage on Tuesday, just days after TLC announced it had canceled their hit series “19 Kids and Counting” in response to their son Josh’s molestation scandal. Josh was among the Duggar kids to wish the couple a happy anniversary on Twitter, captioning their wedding pics with “31 years and counting.” The couple also posted an anniversary video on their website, in which the Duggar patriarch surprises his wife with a “special gift”: a ring he designed that features all 19 of their children’s birthstones. Josh, his wife Anna and their kids including newborn daughter Meredith are glimpsed in the clip as Michelle marvels over her “massive” ring. While the Duggars are presenting a united front after TLC canceled their longtime reality series, a source tells People that the Arkansas family is “heartbroken” to have lost their show. TLC suspended the series in May after it was revealed that the 27-year-old had molested five girls — four of them his own sisters, including Jill and Jessa — as a teenager. The network announced Thursday that it had dropped “19 Kids and Counting” entirely, a decision said to have devastated the Christian clan. “The Duggars want to return to TV because they truly believe it was part of God’s plan for them to spread the word about their faith,” the source said. “I think Jim Bob and Michelle honestly did expect people to just move on from this. Their thinking is, they put this behind them ages ago, so why wouldn’t the rest of the world?” The family, who have maintained their support for Josh throughout the scandal, reacted to the cancellation in a Continue Reading

Anna Duggar will ‘absorb some of the blame’ for cheating husband Josh Duggar, won’t seek divorce: report

The family that prays together, stays together. Reality TV star Josh Duggar was caught in a web of sex and lies as the first publicly outed name in the hacking scandal that’s rocked adulterous hookup site Ashley , but wife Anna isn’t hitting the delete key on their marriage. The “19 Kids and Counting” co-star is embracing her Christian faith and taking some of the heat off her husband by “absorb(ing) some of the blame," a source with ties to the family told People magazine. “Anna will not leave him," the source claimed. "As with her in-laws, she is turning more to her faith than ever. She and Josh are probably praying around the clock right now, I would assume." HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR EMAIL IS APART OF THE ASHLEY MADISON HACK  The Arkansas couple married in September 2008, had four children and were key players in a popular Christian values reality TV series. It all unraveled in the last few months, beginning in May when Josh admitted to molesting five girls, including two younger sisters, years earlier. TLC dropped the TV show in June. Then came revelations that Duggar spent $1,000 on sex services and allegedly wrote on the site that he was looking for “Someone I Can Teach,” “Someone Who Can Teach Me” and “Experimenting With Sex Toys.” His 27-year-old wife, who gave birth to daughter Meredith Grace last month, feels responsible, according to People. JOSH DUGGAR ADMITS TO ASHLEY MADISON AFFAIRS AND PORN HABIT  "Maybe not publicly, ever, but privately, there will be some suggestion of whether or not she should have been more aware of the pressures Josh was under, of the issues he was facing, and how she could have better counseled him or helped him," the source told the magazine. Josh Duggar, 27, publicly apologized Thursday, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite Continue Reading

Josh Duggar, Anna welcome home baby girl Meredith Grace

Four kids and counting. Josh and Anna Duggar announced on Twitter that they have welcomed home a baby girl, Meredith Grace Duggar. The couple shared a family photo of the adorable new addition, who weighed in at 17 lbs., 14 oz. "Anna and Meredith are resting & doing well," Josh wrote on the post. Arkansas pastor says Caitlyn Jenner is defying God but Josh Duggar can be forgiven Bristol Palin compares Lena Dunham to Josh Duggar on blog post Josh and Anna already have three children, Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 4, and Marcus, 2. There is another baby on the way as well. Jessa Seewald, Josh's younger sister, is expecting her first child. The oldest son of the Duggar family has been laying low since details of his molestation scandal surfaced in May. Following the news, TLC canceled his family's reality show "19 Kids and Counting." Continue Reading

Duggars reeling from Josh’s sex-abuse scandal

The Duggars, the reality TV family famous for its progeny (19 Kids and Counting) and its conservatism, is reeling now that oldest son, Josh, has been forced to acknowledge he was investigated for molesting underage girls when he was a teenager in Arkansas.His acknowledgement came after InTouch magazine published a story Thursday about police records it obtained from Springdale, Ark., hidden since 2006, that show Josh Duggar confessed to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, who then waited more than a year before contacting police about what his then 15-year-old son admitting doing to five girls.Josh Duggar apologized Thursday and abruptly resigned his job at the Family Research Council in Washington, one of the leading conservative groups fighting abortion and gay marriage among other causes.For most of Thursday, his Twitter account was silent but by evening he had tweeted a link to the family's statement."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," Josh Duggar, 27, said in the statement posted on the family's Facebook page. "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," the statement said. "I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."Josh's parents, Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, also issued a joint statement, saying they hope that people who watch them on TV realize that "we are not a perfect family." "When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before."Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, posted a statement on its website, saying Josh's actions as a teen were "previously unknown" to the organization, a close ally of conservative Republicans in Washington."Josh Continue Reading

Timeline: Duggar sex-abuse scandal

TLC is pulling the plug on the hit series 19 Kids and Counting, following the revelation that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's son, Josh, sexually molested five young girls, including his own sisters. The decision to cancel the show comes nearly two months after reports surfaced that as a teenager Josh molested several young girls, and that his parents kept it a secret. Following the networks decision to cancel the show, Jim Bob and Michelle said in a statement that they hope, "the painful situation" the family went through "can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well." Here's a timeline of events from a 2006 police report obtained by InTouchthat details when Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, first became aware of the alleged sexual abuse to when the story emerged in the media. Names in the police report have been blacked out to protect alleged victims. March 2002: The 33-page police report reveals that Jim Bob Duggar tells police his son admits he fondled the breasts and genitals of several victims while they were sleeping in the family's home, and that similar incidents happened four to five times. May 2002: Jim Bob Duggar loses a primary bid for the Republican Senate seat to Senator Tim Hutchinson in Arkansas. Duggar ran on a platform that "rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes." July 2002: Duggar says his son Josh came to him in July and reported that he touched one of the victims while they were sleeping on the couch. Duggar says his son was punished after the incident, according to the police report. 2003: In March of 2003, nine months after the first incidents, Jim Bob Duggar and his wife Michelle Duggar are made aware of two more incidents, according to the report. In one instance, he allegedly molested a victim while she was sitting in his lap, according to the report. Around the same time, Continue Reading

Josh Duggar, wife Anna break social media silence amid molestation scandal to wish his son happy birthday

Josh and Anna Duggar have returned to social media for the first time since Josh’s molestation scandal made headlines last month. The reality couple both took to Instagram to wish their son Michael a happy birthday, their first public social media posts in four weeks. Josh, 27, posted a photo of his smiling son, along with the caption: “Happy 4th Birthday Michael James.” MIKE HUCKABEE CONTINUES TO DEFEND DUGGAR FAMILY, SAYS MEDIA HAS EXPLOITED THEM Anna, 26, shared a black-and-white video from her son’s birthday celebration in which he blows out his birthday candles with his relatives looking on. “So glad to be in Arkansas celebrating Michael’s 4th birthday,” she wrote. Josh and Anna, who have two other kids and are expecting a baby girl, were spotted moving out of their Maryland home last week. They are reportedly relocating to the Duggar clan's home state of Arkansas to be close to family, including Michael's grandparents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The "19 Kids and Counting" stars also wished their first grandson a happy birthday in a photo shared on the family's Twitter account. While Josh's Instagram photos has receive more than 44,000 thousand likes, the comments reflect the heated debate over the revelation that he when he was a teenager, he molested several young girls, including his sisters Jill and Jessa, in 2002 and 2003. JOSH DUGGAR'S SISTERS--AND VICTIMS--DEFEND THEIR BROTHER, INSIST HE'S NOT A CHILD MOLESTER “Why are there so many people who say mean things about this family?! It's such a long time ago and his sisters have forgiven him!” wrote one fan on Josh’s photo. “If ‘a true Christian wouldn't be so hateful and judgmental’ then how would you evaluate the horrible judgement the Duggars put on single mothers, all other religions & most of all, the LGBTQ community? Continue Reading

Mama June threatens to sue TLC for airing ‘19 Kids and Counting’ in wake of Josh Duggar’s molestation confession

Mama June Shannon is livid that TLC hasn’t kicked the Duggars to the curb. The former reality star told TMZ that she is considering suing the network for continuing to air “19 Kids and Counting” after Josh Duggar, 27, admitted that he had molested several girls, possibly including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager. Shannon pointed out that her show “Here Comes Honey Boo” was axed by the network last year over a molestation scandal involving minors, even though none of the show’s cast members had been accused of the crime. Mama June is upset that TLC canceled her series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" but continues to air "19 Kids and Counting," which features Josh Duggar (pictured with his wife Anna). TLC canceled “Honey Boo Boo” after it was reported that Shannon had renewed a romantic relationship with her ex, convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, whom her daughter Anna Cardwell accused of molesting her when she was 8 years old. Shannon told TMZ that she couldn’t understand why TLC would cancel her show but leave “19 Kids and Counting” on the air — including airing a marathon of the show on the same day the family confirmed the allegations. The mother of four also took to Twitter to vent about the situation, writing, “But I wasn't dating one and no they r going to not cancel them it's f****ed up @TLC.” Josh and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle released statements on Thursday in which they expressed regret for their actions 12 years ago. Josh, who resigned from his position as a lobbyist with the Family Research Council, said he “acted inexcusably” and was “extremely sorry” for his actions. His parents, who waited nearly a year before reporting their son's offenses to police, expressed similar sentiments. They also stated Continue Reading