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It's Thanksgiving, which means the Duggar family just bought up every turkey in Arkansas in order to feed an ever-growing number of mouths. 

In addition to their 19 kids (and counting!), this year, Michelle and Jim Bob will be joined by 3 in-laws, 3 grandchildren, and a few million Instagram followers who will be constantly clicking "refresh," hoping for a pic of the yams.

Yes, the Duggar faithful are a zealous lot, and as a result, the family has a good deal of political clout. Some have even called the Duggars the most powerful family on TV, and it's not hard to see why.

There's no other show on television that's as popular, and as ideologically-charged as 19 Kids and Counting, and as those titular kids become adults, the Duggars influence only expands further.

Recently, Josh Duggar took a job with the ultra-conservative Family Research Council, and many believe the father of three plans on seeking political office in the near future. The video above certainly seems to support that rumor.

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As her younger sisters continue to get married and leave the nest, many 19 Kids and Counting fans have wondered what will become of Jana Duggar. 

There have been reports that Jana is not allowed to date, that she's worked like a slave in the Duggar household, and that her parents refuse to assist her in finding a husband, as they did with Jill and Jessa.

Viewers have encouraged Jana to break free and build of her own life far away from her controlling family.

Now, however, it looks as though Jana may have won the V-card-holding Christian lottery, and her prayers may have been answered in the most literal way:

  • A Jana Duggar Photograph
  • Tim Tebow in Sweater

Remember Tim Tebow? He, of the celebrated shovel pass and pious end zone celebration?

Well, despite a slew of dating rumors, Tebow remains the Christian fundamentalist world's most eligible bachelor. (He's even been dumped by every NFL team!)

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While Josh and Anna Duggar dominated the last two installments, 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 18 put the focus squarely on Amy Duggar.

The Duggar cousin, a musician, performed on a cruise ship this week, and also celebrated her birthday on 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 18.

Yes, when you watch 19 Kids and Counting online this week, you will see part reality show, part behind the scenes family dramedy, part Amy infomercial.

At least that's how it came across at times.

In the episode, entitled “Amy’s Nashville Dreams,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s niece continued to pursue her love of music in hopes of making it big.

It's been slow going in that regard.

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It's been just over three weeks since Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald got married in front of 1,000 (!) of their closest friends and family.

But while Ben and Jessa only recently returned from their honeymoon, the newlyweds may have already begun the next stage in their relationship:

Seewalds

Sources close to the Duggars say Jessa may already be pregnant with her first child. 

Jessa's older sister Jill Duggar announced her pregnancy less than two months after her wedding, and those closest to Jana say she always intended to follow in Jill's footsteps.

"They look at sex as a present from God and they couldn't wait to 'open it,'" says one insider. "I wouldn't be surprised if Jessa is already pregnant."

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For many fans of 19 Kids and Counting, Anna Duggar is something of a role model.

Anna married Josh Duggar in 2008, and she's lived her life in accordance with traditional Christian family values ever since.

Josh and Anna welcomed their third child last year, and seem to be following in Josh's parents' footsteps with regard to raising a large family in accordance with the beliefs of Christian fundamentalism.

In a video that was posted to YouTube last week, however, Anna admits that for much of her life she simply went through the motions of being a believer without truly having faith in the tenets of her church:

"I remember being in Sunday school," Anna says in the clip above. "I had a great Sunday school teacher who wanted to make sure all of us knew about Jesus and were gonna spend eternity in heaven and she said, 'How many of you guys have given your heart to Jesus?'"

"Every hand went up except mine...I felt like, 'I'm not in the club.'"

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With critics calling for TLC to cancel her reality show, Michelle Duggar has launched a counter-petition to save 19 Kids and Counting from cancelation.

Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar Photo

A Change (dot) org petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting was actually started earlier this year, after Michelle made controversial headlines politically.

She allegedly recorded a robo-call allegedly asking Fayetteville, Ark. residents to vote to repeal a law that prevents discrimination. Yes, that prevents it.

The law in question condemns property and business owners to oust or fire people based on gender identity. In other words, transgender Americans.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar then sparked an even bigger public controversy this month when they invited fans to share kissing photos on Facebook.

After they reportedly took down submissions from gay couples, they faced backlash online, and the aforementioned petition began to widely circulate.

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Earlier this week, reports that John David Duggar is courting a "mystery brunette" had the Duggar family faithful preparing for another member of the famous family to be married off.

Now, however, it looks as though there is no chaste side-hugging romance in JDD's life, and to make matters worse, his parents insist on reminding the world that he's a 24-year-old virgin.

John David Duggar

"Just thought we'd set the record straight," Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar wrote on their blog today. "John David is not courting and not in a relationship...and he has never been in one! [He is] still looking and waiting for the right one."

JD, bro - you're 24! The right one is anyone and the right time is now!

We kid! The Duggars have their own courtship process and it seems to be working for them so far. And from the sound of things, John shouldn't have anything to worry about, in terms of finding a mate:

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The Duggar family is at the center of massive controversy this week, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.

It's far from the first time they've faced heavy scrutiny, however.

In many ways, the family's most recent scandal is a culmination of many. The petition was actually started months ago, only to gain traction recently.

Here's a look back at 13 times the TLC stars faced backlash ...

Jessa Gets Strapped
Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one - a picture that now seems tame considering what they've been stirring up more recently.

The Duggars, as we all know, are conservative individuals.

Staunch ones at that, standing out among today's TV offerings, drawing many like-minded viewers. But their earnest, authentic way of life also has a broader appeal.

As more people watch 19 Kids and Counting online and their fame has grown due to social and traditional media, so has the criticism they face quite often.

The family's views on dating, courting, marriage and child-rearing are noteworthy enough, but they've also proven polarizing on political and religions grounds.

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Back in September, a petition to convince TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting was posted on the website Change.org, and began to slowly make the rounds online.

The petition was a response to Michelle Duggar's involvement in a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination law. Yes, repeal a law against discrimination.

Say yes to sex, even when you're tired!

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be...

The law in question prevents employers and landlords from denying jobs and housing to applicants on the basis of sexual preference. The Duggars? Not fans.

Michelle recorded a robocall claiming the law allowed "males with past child predator convictions" who "claim they are female" to enter women's bathrooms and locker rooms.

Well, the author of the petition to axe 19 Kids and Counting claims that Michelle's recording constitutes hate speech, and that TLC is implicitly supporting such beliefs.

Apparently, more than 123,000 people agree with him.

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Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar Dillard of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting fame shared the first photo of their baby son ahead of his anticipated March arrival.

Yes, they posted an adorable ultrasound picture of #BabyDilly!

Jill Duggar Ultrasound Photo

"I am keeping his ultrasound pictures safe ... it is so exciting to look at this picture," Jill tells People, adding that the little one "is moving and kicking now."

"It's crazy to realize I have this wonderful baby boy inside me."

Jill and Derick wed June 21, and just a few weeks later revealed her pregnancy. They saved their first kiss for the altar, and quickly made up for lost time.

The couple, ages 23 (her) and 25 (him), have set up a Duggar-Dillard baby registry and are taking childbirth classes to prepare for a natural home birth.

"I am learning a lot about birth," says Derick. "We are doing our homework together, and I keep reading new things, the medical aspects are fascinating to me."

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The Duggar Family Quotes

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

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