Ohio Is Must-Win For GOP Candidates; Google’s New Privacy Policy Divides Opinion; Latino Voters Could Decide Presidency: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on February 29, 2012

1:06pm: The Republican presidential candidates are focusing on next week’s Super Tuesday, after last night’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona. Mitt Romney won both states, and the candidates are now fanning out to the 10 Super Tuesday states. Romney is in Ohio. Rick Santorum is in Tennessee. And Newt Gingrich is in his home state of Georgia. But Ohio is getting the most attention, since no Republican has won the presidency without the Buckeye state. We’ll find out what could happen.

1:12pm: Google’s new privacy policy goes into effect tomorrow. The company says it’s not collecting any new information—just combining existing information from each of its 70 different services, like Gmail, YouTube, and the social network Google+, to come up with one giant profile for each Google user. Google says its new policy is easier to understand than its old one, and will help users. Commentator Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols thinks the new policy is “not a big deal,” and writing on ZDNet that users should, “get over it already.” But 30 state attorneys general have sent a letter to Google saying they find the new policy troubling. EU officials are warning that it may violate privacy laws, and groups like the Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center say it will cause irreparable injury to consumers.

1:40pm: While few Latinos voted in yesterday’s primary in Arizona, they and Latinos in swing states could provide the margin of victory to either President Obama or the Republican candidate in the general election. Latino voters are growing in number, and unhappy with both Republican immigrant-bashing and Obama’s increased deportations of immigrants and failure to follow through with promises of immigration reform.

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