Peter Orszag Joins the NYT While Mashable Runs the Most Influential News Media Twitter Feed, Plus Other News of the Day

– The New York Times opinion page just got a new set of cowboy boots to join its ranks, and, no, it’s not a Southerner. Former White House budget director Peter Orszag, who’s known to sport the rustic wear, will write a monthly column for the paper. He served from the beginning of Barack Obama’s term until July 2010, and as NYT editor Andrew Rosenthal says, Orzag is “one of the most recognizable names in economics.”
– Cornell University Ph.D candidate Daniel Romero put together a list of the 100 most influential news media Twitter accounts, and the social media maven @mashable came in at number one. CNN’s breaking news feed came in at number two while the Boston Globe‘s The Big Picture’s feed finished third, despite only having 23,000 followers. It only includes organizations, so no single people on the list, unless you count Matt Drudge and his @drudge_report feed, which placed 62nd and, of course Mr. Mashable himself, Pete Cashmore.

– In honor of Labor Day, Fortune put together a slideshow of famous labor pictures. They range from a worker helping to build the Empire State Building to a female welder hired during World War II. It’s an interesting look back at the history of the worker.

– We’ll be off on Monday as well, but back blogging on Tuesday. Happy Labor Day All!

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