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Jeb Bush staff shake-up: Sign he's losing 'invisible primary'?

Jeb Bush shook up his staff Monday amid reports that he and his supporters aren’t pleased with the progress, or lack thereof, of his campaign for the White House.

Yes, we know he hasn’t officially declared yet. That’s supposed to happen in Miami on June 15. But Mr. Bush has been running hard in the invisible primary stage of the GOP nomination contest. He’s been courting donors and party leaders and trying to build his image. And that hasn’t been going so well. He hasn’t lost the invisible primary, but he isn’t winning it either.

The money is indeed flowing in. But in early polls Bush is bunched together in a front-runner tier with others, such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio. Republican luminaries aren’t exactly lining up to endorse him and jump on his team.

There’s no growing sense of inevitability about the Bush effort. In that sense Jeb is already behind where his brother George W. was at a similar point in 1999.



U.S.-led airstrikes aid Al Qaeda affiliate against ISIS

BEIRUT: U.S.-led aircraft have for the first time bombed ISIS fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels including the Nusra Front, an activist group said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described the overnight raids in northern Aleppo as an intervention on the side of the rival rebels, which include forces who have been targeted previously by U.S.-led strikes.

“The coalition carried out at least four strikes overnight targeting ISIS positions in the town of Suran,” the Britain-based Observatory said.

“It’s the first time that the international coalition has supported non-Kurdish opposition forces fighting ISIS,” Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman told AFP.


In a historic shift, Turks elect Yazidis, Armenians and Roma candidates to parliament

Source: GlobalPost

ISTANBUL, Turkey — When it became clear that a Kurdish-rooted party would enter parliament for the first time in Turkish history, Kurdish towns and neighborhoods across the country erupted with deafening joy, as cars honked and fireworks exploded late into the night.

But the Kurds weren’t the only winners in Sunday’s elections. As the results rolled in, many of the country’s ethnic and religious minorities realized that they too had reason to celebrate: the new parliament is set to be the most diverse in decades.

Turkey’s Yazidi (Ali Atalan and Feleknas Uca, HDP) and Roma (Ozcan Purcu, CHP) communities will be represented in Ankara for the first time. Other freshly elected MPs include Armenians (Markar Esayan, AKP, Selina Dogan, CHP and Garo Paylan, HDP), Syriacs (Erol Dora, HDP) and Alevis, as well as a record number of women.

After a closely fought election, Turkey faces a coalition government. President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost its absolute majority, taking only 258 of the parliament’s 550 seats.

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6575980/2015/06/09/kurds-werent-only-winners-turkeys-game-changing-election

75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments

These mineralised fibres of collagen are samples extracted from the ribs of an indeterminate dinosaur and analysed using a scanning electron microscope. Photograph: Sergio Bertazzo

Ian Sample Science editor

Scientists have discovered what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres in the fossilised remains of dinosaurs that lived 75 million years ago.

Traces of the soft tissues were found by accident when researchers at Imperial College in London analysed eight rather shabby fossils that had been dug up in Canada a century ago before finding their way to the Natural History Museum in London.

The finding suggests that scores of dinosaur fossils in museums around the world could retain soft tissues, and with it the answers to major questions about dinosaur physiology and evolution. More speculatively, it has made scientists ponder whether dinosaur DNA might also survive.

Most of the fossils the scientists studied were mere fragments and in very poor condition. They included a claw from a meat-eating therapod, perhaps a gorgosaurus, some limb and ankle bones from a duck-billed dinosaur, and a toe bone from triceratops-like animal.


New FBI files show wide range of Black Panther informant's activities

Newly released FBI records reveal that Richard Masato Aoki, widely revered as a radical hero in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s, had a deep relationship with the FBI, informing on his fellow Asian activists and on Black Panther Party leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

Going beyond previously disclosed FBI records that outlined his role as an informant, the documents show that while acting as a militant leader, Aoki covertly filed more than 500 reports with the FBI between 1961 and 1971 on a wide range of activists and political groups in the Bay Area.

Aoki, who grew up in West Oakland, was a well-known figure in the Bay Area's activist community and one of the earliest members of the Black Panthers who publicly acknowledged giving them some of their first guns. After he died in 2009 at age 70, he achieved new notoriety with the release of a feature documentary about him and a biography. Neither work mentioned his relationship with the FBI.

The records show that FBI agents considered Aoki a valuable informant with "top level" access to the Panthers. The bureau assigned him a "confidential source symbol number" to protect his identity -- SF 2496-S -- and took extra security measures. One document said disclosure that he was an informant could "have an adverse effect upon the national defense interests."



Wisconsin Republicans fire DNR scientists working on research related to climate change, pollution

Republican lawmakers are cutting scientists from the Department of Natural Resources who worked on issues related to climate change, pollution and mining.

Republicans claim the cuts are designed to refocus the DNR on hunting and fishing. But Democrats say the GOP is retaliating against researchers in areas they oppose for political reasons.

“It has to be political,” Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, said of the cuts. “The public hasn’t called for this. Most people in the state want decisions about the environment to be based on science, not politics.”

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an unannounced 2016 presidential contender, included provisions in his state budget to slash 17.5 researcher positions from the DNR’s Science Services Bureau, which would leave it with 12.85 research positions.


One voter shows up at Santorum event in Iowa

At first, one was the loneliest number for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday.

Just one Iowan showed up at 2 p.m. campaign stop Monday at a restaurant in the unincorporated community of Hamlin, population 300, according to a report from The Des Moines Register — Peggy Toft, an insurance agent who chairs the county’s Republican Party.

Eventually, there were four Iowans gathered at Santorum’s table (not counting photographers and campaign aides), where the 2016 hopeful lunched on a breaded tenderloin with a side of onion rings.

Santorum told the Register that the low turnout was not surprising, but that it is all a part of the plan.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/rick-santorum-iowa-event-one-voter-turnout-118774.html
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