The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday May 12)

May 12, 2017

Here are the stories making headlines today.

As You Laugh at Kiambu for Electing Waititu, This is What He Did in Thika Yesterday

It may be 3 months before Ferdinand Waititu is confirmed as Kiambu governor, but Babayao has already gotten down to work. Waititu gave incumbent William Kabogo a comprehensive beating, and the path is now clear for him to be the next governor.

Tuskys CEO Attacked After Telling Kenyans To Live on 30% of Salary and Save 70%

Tuskys CEO Dan Githua found himself in a difficult situation after he suggested to Kenyans that they should live on 30% of their salary and save 70%. Tweeting on Saturday, Githua wrote, “KIJANA! Can u live on 30% of your sal & save 70%.

Safaricom Launches Payment Card Linked Directly To Your MPesa

Safaricom released its full year results yesterday, showing stellar performance across all its services. Revenue increased 14% to reach Sh 212.89 billion. Voice is still the biggest income source, contributing Sh93.5 billion of these. SMS revenue however declined 3.7% to Sh16.7 billion. Data r

Trump: I was going to fire Comey regardless of DOJ recommendation

“I was going to fire Comey,” Trump told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an interview. “Regardless of the recommendation I was going to fire Comey.” The White House initially said Rosenstein’s memorandum to Attorney General Jeff Sessions prompted Trump to fire Comey, but Trump contradicted that account, saying he had already planned to do so and requested a memo to back up his decision.

About the claim FBI rank-and-file had lost faith in Comey …

That was the line of argument coming from the White House on Wednesday via deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey,” she said at the daily press briefing. “The DOJ lost confidence in Director Comey.

Europe braces for laptop ban on flights to U.S.

European airlines and regulators are preparing for the possibility that the Trump administration could ban laptops and other large devices from the cabins of flights from Europe to the U.S. Such a move would represent a massive expansion of a laptop ban imposed in March on airlines flying out of 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.

CIA creates a unit to deal with North Korea

The creation of the center focusing on specific threats from the Korean peninsula will allow the CIA to “harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities of the Agency” to deal with North Korea, according to the agency’s statement.

France: Half of Macron’s election candidates are women

At 39, Macron will be sworn in on Sunday as the youngest president in France’s history, and he has promised to breathe new life into French politics and the country’s sluggish economy. Macron’s is now looking to get his fledgling La Republique En Marche! party a strong presence in Parliament to push through his legislative agenda.

Modern HIV drugs may add 10 years to life expectancy

The paper, published Wednesday, found that 20-year-olds who started with antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are predicted to live up to 10 years longer than those who first underwent similar treatment in 1996 — when it first became widely available.

Vandals break into Trump’s Bronx golf course and hack down trees with a chainsaw

The pair scaled a metal fence to enter the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, police said.

Vladimir Putin boosts action-man image on the ice

The Russian president, a former KGB spy, has long been keen to portray an image of an action man and he shows no sign of slowing down. On Wednesday, the 64-year-old starred in a gala ice hockey match in Sochi, showing off his skating prowess and stick skills as he scored six goals in the exhibition game for the Night Hockey League Wednesday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

‘Deadpool’ is getting an adult animated series and Donald Glover’s running it, OMG OMG

Hold on to your chimichangas, folks, because Deadpool is getting an animated adult comedy series on FXX, and Atlanta’s Donald Glover is showrunning it. Let that sink in for a minute, because we’re still screaming. FXX has ordered 10 episodes of an untitled Marvel’s Deadpool animated series, which will debut on the cable network in 2018.

Nintendo games were used to smuggle spiders. Sweet dreams, gamers.

Another piece of evidence that we’re all actually living in a burning tire fire has surfaced: Nintendo Famicom game cartridges intercepted at the U.S.-Mexico border contained a treasure trove of smuggled spiders. First question: WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? There is a reason, but let’s look at the facts of the case first. Shudder.

Donald Trump slams ‘no-talent’ Stephen Colbert in latest rant against the media

We’re betting Stephen Colbert will have some thoughts on Donald Trump’s latest media tirade. In an interview with Time, the president lashed out at The Late Show host, calling him “no-talent” and “filthy” following Colbert’s controversial May 1 monologue, in which the Colbert Report alum made an oral sex joke about the POTUS and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

We’re no closer to ‘Winds of Winter,’ but George R.R. Martin does have a new TV show in the works

While Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is hard at work (we hope) on the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, Syfy has announced that they’re developing another one of the author’s stories for television.

Netflix’s new series is definitely going to make you paranoid about dating apps

Netflix has already made us suspicious of every piece of technology in our lives thanks to the nightmare fuel known as Black Mirror, but the streaming service’s new series hopes to make us especially paranoid about dating apps. Osmosis is Netflix’s second French original series (after Marseille), which is set in a near-future version of Paris.

Donald Trump Jr. accuses Twitter of censorship over ‘Obamacare’ tweet

Donald Trump Jr.’s Instagram post Thursday morning included the hashtags: #obamacare, #censored, #twitter, #freespeech, and #thought. Why all the hashtags? Well, Trump Jr. seems to believe Twitter is censoring him on the platform.

A Russian blogger was sentenced for playing ‘Pokémon Go’ in a church

If you happen to be in Russia, don’t play Pokémon Go inside a church. Even if that bloody Mewtwo is hiding there. You might end up in jail. A 22-year-old Russian blogger, Ruslan Sokolovsky, was just given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence after posting a video he took of himself playing Pokémon Go inside the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

This guy’s cleverly placed sign got him a new car… sort of

A very small percentage of social media users will ever know what that #spon life is all about. One Twitter user got a glimpse of it and immediately knew that he wanted more. British artist Hector Janse van Rensburg a.k.a. Shitty Watercolour tweeted an image of himself chilling in his bathtub next to a bottle of Radox shower gel.

Donald Trump Admits He Was Looking For An Excuse To Fire James Comey

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump had already made up his mind to fire FBI Director James Comey long before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote up a memo to justify the decision, the president said in an interview with NBC News on Thursday. In an interview with Lester Holt, Trump called Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander.”

Trump Hurls Insults At TV Hosts Who Are Critical Of His Presidency

President Donald Trump is displeased with television hosts who are critical of his presidency, including CNN’s Chris Cuomo and CBS’s Stephen Colbert. In an interview with Time, Trump discussed the media he consumes and said he has “been able not to watch or read things that aren’t pleasant” as president.

Bow Wow Refuses To Take The L For That Fake Photo

Bow Wow, Shad Moss, babe ― just take the damn L and move on. The rapper made headlines this week after he posted an Instagram photo of a private jet, indicating he was riding in it, but the internet determined that was a lie. The fake photo inspired a meme challenge that has spread like wildfire.

Merriam-Webster Politely Tells Trump He Didn’t Invent ‘Prime The Pump’

President Donald Trump came up with the phrase “prime the pump” to describe government stimulus of the economy, he claimed to The Economist in an interview published on Thursday. Merriam-Webster, tireless defender of words, had a quick and decisive response on Twitter: Nope.

Here Are The Canceled And Renewed TV Shows For 2017-2018

For TV fans, spring is a double-edged sword. As the 2016-2017 season wraps up with a slew of highly anticipated season (and series) finales before summer TV doldrums hit, the major networks are determining which shows will make the cut and which shows will go the way of “Blood & Oil.”

Russian LGBT Network Claims To Have Saved 42 Chechen Gay Men

The Russian LGBT Network, an LGBTQ rights group dedicated to fighting for the acceptance and protection of queer Russians, claims that the organization has successfully helped 42 gay men escape anti-gay persecution in Chechnya.

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