The Upshot
  • New security measures to prevent cheating on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams were announced Tuesday, including a requirement that students submit a photo of themselves when they sign up for the tests.
    The measures are in response to a massive cheating scandal on Long Island last year, which is why the improved rules were announced at a news conference in Nassau County, New York, CNN reported.

    "A photo ID simply won't work to game the system anymore," said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is overseeing the investigation into the Long Island cheating scandal.

    [Related: Lingering questions in cheating scandal]

    Starting in September, students will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the exams. That head shot of the student will be printed on the student's test admission ticket and on the roster given to the proctors of the exams. Before the test, the administrators  will cross reference the submitted photo with a photo ID as well as with the

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  • Mitt Romney may want to take heart that in the history of political missteps, he is not alone. Having a campaign aide compare the candidate's move into the general campaign to an Etch A Sketch (you can  shake it up and start over again) is up there, but let's face it: Both Republican and Democrats have pulled some real doozies ("I am not a crook," anyone?)

    Here, some classic moments and Titanic-size gaffes.

    Michael Dukakis in a tank.

    If the name doesn't ring a bell, it's because the former Masscahusetts governor, running on the democratic ticket, lost the 1988 election to George H.W. Bush in a landslide. The image of the Northeastern liberal was hard to shake, so in an effort to change the conversion, he made a fatal decision for a  photo op sitting in a tank at a General Dynamics plant. Compared with the actual World War II veteran Bush, Dukakis looked ridiculous. Needless to say, the photo backfired, and the campaign failed.

    George W. Bush: "mission accomplished"?

    The televised

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  • It's official: There are lines that even Facebook won't cross. Noting on its company blog a "distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people's Facebook profiles or private information," Facebook has moved to make it a violation of the social network's terms of service to "share or solicit a Facebook password."

    With Facebook becoming the new normal of how people share and communicate, some employers have folded Facebook into the candidate screening process -- asking to access a job applicant's account, either by using a subscriber's password or by "shoulder surfing" -- watching while the applicant logs on to their profile.

    This is apparently happening to actual people: The Associated Press described a situation of one Justin Bassett who was asked by an interviewer for his Facebook password when his basic account wasn't revealing enough. He refused, and withdrew his application for the job.

    Erin Egan, chief privacy officer for Policy

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