The New York Times story on E. coli contamination in ground beef is a graphic account of the dangerous regulatory gap on food safety in this country. It is also a reminder that bacteria is not the only thing that needs monitoring at a food-processing plant. What about labor standards? Workers at the Greater Omaha Packing plant had concerns that they were being asked to work under conditions that were unsafe, not only for their health but for the safety of the food:
The White House farmers market opened yesterday. It's located just north of the White House on a block of Vermont Ave. between H and I and will operate from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through the end of October.
Via Mashable, the Obama administration is looking to hire an archivist to capture the communications going out via social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook, to comply with the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
As we reflect on Kennedy's legacy, I'm struck by how key his January 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama now appears. His announcement came reasonably early (before Super Tuesday), and, as Marc Ambinderpointed out, "allow[ed] him to separate the politics of the Clintons from the politics of Democrats before the Clinton administration." Moreover, his pick helped both to mainstream Obama's appeal and confer the blessing of a very respected wing of the Democratic Party.