Daily Digest | If You Are Watching This...I Was Assassinated
BY Editors | Wednesday, May 13 2009
- Guatemalan Lawyer Posthumously Accuses President of His Own Murder Amazing story out of Guatemala. A lawyer was shot to death in Guatemala City on Sunday. Before he died, he taped a video in which he said "If you are watching this message, it is because I was assassinated by President Alvaro Colom." The video has made its way to YouTube, where it's making waves.
- Hillary Clinton Launches "21st Century Statecraft" Initiative by State Department When it comes to government agencies adapting to the Networked Age, the State Department is no slouch. And under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it has also been at the forefront of Obama administration moves to experiment with and adopt new ways to interact with the public, including using YouTube and text-messaging as ways to pose questions directly. At her commencement speech at this morning's NYU graduation, Clinton offered further glimpses of this new approach, to "use every tool at our disposal."
- Campaigning by Kindle Tyler Gernant, a Democratic candidate running for Montana's sole House seat, is engaged in what's likely a tech-politics first: campaiging by Kindle. Gernant has made his policy papers available as a download on the e-reader. No word on how many Montanans have Kindles, or if they will want to pay $.99 for the papers.
- White House Shines Webcam on a Shift in Food Safety's Political Dynamics For food geeks, the antiquated and convoluted way the U.S. handles food safety is a constant source of agita. So, today's live web broadcast on whitehouse.gov of the admittedly policy-light briefing about fixing the American way of food is particularly compelling. Via the web, scattered advocates for food reform might actually be able to fight industry interests on more equal footing.
- Obama's Online Health Care Drive: Epic Fail? Organizing for America just launched a new email and petition drive to ratchet up pressure on Congress to pass the President's health care plan. But Ari Melber says these OFA legislative "organizing" efforts run the risk of being boring, vague and redundant -- and thus more likely to falter.
- Orzsag Blogs Back Against AP's Climate Change Framing One more from the White House blog. Or more precisely, OMB director Peter Orzsag's blog, known around these parts as Orszblog! "Clearing the Air" over a memo that reportedly "challenged" an EPA global warming dispatch, Orzsag calls the news stories "simply false."
- Steven Chu Vents About IT Bureaucracy at DoE Steven Chu, Nobel laureate and the new Secretary of Energy, says IT people "forgot the Department of Energy has a job, and it's not to protect the Department of Energy." Chu wants to clear away red tape and make the department a faster, leaner organization.