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Former <i>19 Kids and Counting </i>star Josh Duggar sentenced to 12 years in prison on child pornography charges

Former reality star Josh Duggar has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison after being convicted on child pornography charges.  A judge on Wednesday sentenced Duggar, who starred in the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, to 12.5 years in prison. His lawyers asked for a sentence of five years, while prosecutors asked for 20 years, the maximum, according...

Beto O'Rourke angrily confronts Texas Gov. Abbott during school shooting presser

Democratic candidate for Texas governor Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday furiously confronted opponent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) regarding the devastating Tuesday shooting at Robb Elementary. It is difficult to tell from videos what exactly O'Rourke said, having gotten up from his seat during a scheduled presser, only that it quickly angered those surrounding...

The Big Lie, gun reform, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries

Wondering how to quickly dissect the results of Tuesday's primaries? There are a few big themes. For starters, certain outcomes served as a "booming repudiation of [former President Donald Trump's] relentless preoccupation with the 2020 election," otherwise known as the Big Lie, The New York Times writes. In Georgia, for example, where plenty of 2020...

Kate Moss testifies in Johnny Depp trial, denies rumor he pushed her down the stairs

Model Kate Moss testified in the Johnny Depp defamation trial to deny a rumor about her relationship with the actor.  Depp's legal team called Moss, who dated the Pirates of the Caribbean star in the 1990s, for brief testimony on Wednesday, and she disputed claims that Depp once pushed her down the stairs. Instead, she testified that while they were...

Texas runoff between last anti-abortion House Democrat and progressive challenger still too close to call

It's a nail-biter in Texas. The Tuesday runoff contest between longtime incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros in Texas' 28th District is still too close to call as of Wednesday morning, NPR reports. The more conservative Cuellar has held the seat since 2005, and boasts backing from a number of top House...

Internal report blames Boris Johnson and senior leadership for lockdown parties

A highly anticipated report from civil servant Sue Gray faults senior U.K. government leadership for lockdown parties, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he takes "full responsibility." Following an investigation into parties held at 10 Downing Street in violation of COVID-19 rules in place at the time, Gray released her full report Wednesday....

Who should decide religious doctrine, Twitter or the church?

When a Catholic archbishop in San Francisco decided to withhold Communion from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) because of her support for legal abortion, there were some strange responses.  Twitter was filled with comments about this supposed breach of the separation of church and state, along with calls to tax churches. Noted theologian Whoopi...

Matthew McConaughey reacts to shooting in his hometown of Uvalde: 'We must do better'

Matthew McConaughey is joining a chorus of voices calling for action after a school shooting that hit close to home for the actor.  The Oscar winner is from Uvalde, Texas, where at least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday. McConaughey said the massacre proved "we are failing to be responsible for...

Robb Elementary victims were all in same 4th-grade classroom

All those wounded and killed in the Uvalde, Texas school shooting were inside one 4th-grade classroom, Lt. Chris Olivarez, spokesperson for the Texas Department for Public Safety, told CNN on Tuesday. The shooter barricaded himself in the room before killing two teachers and at least 19 children, Olivarez said. "Just goes to show you the complete...

Did Georgia Republicans just reject Trump's 'Big Lie'?

Former President Donald Trump went all-in on the effort to defeat Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and other state officials who have refuted his "Big Lie" that he actually won the state in the 2020 election. But on Tuesday, Georgia Republicans went all-in on Kemp and other officials Trump strove to unseat. Kemp crushed Trump's handpicked challenger and...

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