Since mid-April, presidential preference polls have shown a dead heat between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. With both candidates stuck at around 46 percent, many observers assume that the GOP candidate benefits, since late-deciders usually break against the incumbent.
- Google says it faces a rising tide of demands from governments to remove search results, videos and other content to which various governments around the world object. "It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect — Western democracies not typically associated with censorship," wrote Dorothy Chou, Google's senior policy analyst.
- Alabama's anti-immigrant law has driven tens of thousands of Hispanics from the state — and left some employers scrambling to fill positions for which legal residents are unqualified or uninterested.
- A 30-block-long silent procession, led by civil rights groups and gay activists, protested the New York City Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics.
- Stephen Downing, the former chief of the LAPD's Bureau of Investigation, with oversight of the Narcotics Division, now favors full drug legalization. He might want to have a chat with the feds.
- Having effectively seized complete control of the country, Egypt's military leaders insist they will "hand over power to the elected president" — apparently Mohammed Morsi — at the end of this month.
- After pulling a plurality of votes in Greece's latest election, Greece's New Democracy party is struggling to piece together a ruling coalition. With Spain's bond yields jumping over seven percent and Italy also teetering, stock markets dipped over fears of European instability.
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