Editor's note

In 1971, a national security official named Daniel Ellsberg leaked classified Vietnam War documents to a New York Times reporter – what became known as the Pentagon Papers. In the aftermath, there was an unspoken bargain of mutual restraint between the press and the government: The press would occasionally publish classified information and the executive branch would treat those leaks as a normal part of politics. But during the Obama administration, this bargain fell apart. American University School of Communication lecturer Margot Susca explains how the public and government’s view of leaks has shifted in recent years, and why this presents a danger to open government.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and treatment options have improved greatly in the past 30 years. Yet one improvement, a shortened course of radiation therapy, has not been widely adopted. In the first study of its kind, University of Florida health economist Ashish Deshmukh and collaborator Anna Likhacheva found that a shortened course of radiation therapy “is less expensive and improves quality of life substantially.”

Today, CareerBuilder released its latest survey results, revealing that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates. And earlier this month, the offensive Facebook posts of ten students lost them their spots in Harvard’s class of 2021. Thao Nelson, career counselor and lecturer at Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, gives her advice on what students should – and shouldn’t – post if they want to safeguard their future.

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From the Pentagon Papers to Trump: How the government gained the upper hand against leakers

Margot Susca, American University School of Communication

American citizens have long favored government openness over secrecy. But with heightened anti-leak and anti-press rhetoric, do some now want strengthened government control of information?

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  • Why treating breast cancer with less may be more

    Ashish A. Deshmukh, University of Florida; Anna Likhacheva, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Women with breast cancer often have six weeks of radiation therapy after surgery to remove the cancer. A recent study suggests that shortening that time is not only effective but also cost-saving.


  • Dear students, what you post can wreck your life

    Thao Nelson, Indiana University

    To post or not to post? Colleges and employers are increasingly checking social media to get a sense of their candidates. Here's what you should (and shouldn't) post in order to secure your future.

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