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WHAT’S NEXT FOR UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY FOLLOWING DISASTROUS ELECTION UPSET May’s calls for a snap election have backfired, with her party losing its parliamentary majority. Here’s what you need to know about a hung Parliament, and what’s next for the British political system and its prime minister. Though May has indicated she does not plan to resign, she may need to take a softer stance on Brexit to keep her leadership position. And follow along for more live updates here. [HuffPost]
WHAT YOU MISSED IN COMEY’S TESTIMONY, PLUS TRUMP’S TWEET ON THE PROCEEDINGS Here’s a rundown of the important pieces of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, from his allegations that the White House lied and defamed him and the FBI to whether the special investigation is looking into the obstruction of justice. Take a look at all the photos from the hearing, as well as what President Donald Trump’s lawyer had to say in response. Here’s why Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be concerned after Thursday. And Trump couldn’t resist tweeting about the testimony this morning. [HuffPost]
REALITY WINNER: LEAKER OR WHISTLEBLOWER? The difference entails quite a bit of jail time. And while prosecutors are accusing her of saying she wanted to “burn the White House down,” her parents arestanding behind her. [HuffPost]
JAPAN’S PARLIAMENT PASSED A LAW TO ALLOW ITS EMPEROR TO ABDICATE Which will likely take place at the end of 2018. [Reuters]
UNDERSTANDING THE TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION In graphic form. [HuffPost]
SYRIAN FORCES EMPLOY DRONE FOR THE FIRST TIME “An American pilot shot down an armed drone that attacked U.S.-backed forces in southern Syria on Thursday in an escalating confrontation with President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, military officials said.” [WSJ | Paywall]
TAYLOR SWIFT JUST DEMOLISHED KATY PERRY IN THEIR FEUD By dropping her entire catalogue on streaming services today, which is the same day Katy Perry’s new album debuted. Swish, swish indeed. [HuffPost]
RUSSIAN MALWARE OPERATION WAS USING BRITNEY SPEARS’ INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT AS A FRONT “A gang of Russian hackers notorious for spying on foreign governments, diplomats and military facilities has come up with a clever back-door Trojan marriage between their operation and social media — most notably Spears’ Instagram, according to Slovakian cyber-security firm ESET, which discovered the ruse.” [HuffPost]
THE BATTLE FOR THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL MONUMENTS “Twenty-seven national monuments designated or expanded since 1996, spanning more than 11 million acres of land and about 760 million acres of ocean, are threatened by a pair of executive orders signed by Trump in April.” [HuffPost]
KRISTEN BELL’S CAR SAFETY HACK Is a parenting tip for the ages. [HuffPost]
WHY YOUR DOG KEEPS ROLLING IN POOP Besides to annoy you. [BBC]
THIS GUY PLAYED BARNEY FOR 10 YEARS And has some secrets to tell about his time inside the purple suit. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
Take a look at the banking deregulation bill that passed through the House while everyone was watching the Comey hearing.
Women made history in the U.K. election.
Five things the media gets wrong about white supremacist hate.
This woman threw herself in front of an out-of-control car to save this boy.
Take a look at the absurd U.K. election photo that has the internet in stitches.
Ryan Lochte and fiancée Kayla Rae Reid welcomed a baby boy Thursday.
Grab some tissues for this video of a teen receiving a birthday present from his late father.
Why so many senators were wearing seersucker Thursday.
A look at the benefits of talking to yourself.
Happy Friday from a bevy of silver foxes.
And have you paid attention to the news this week? Test your knowledge with the HuffPost Headline Quiz.