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The Hill’s Copy Editor Leaves After Six Years

Chief Copy Editor Extraordinaire (not his real title, but one we and our tipster find fitting) Mike Laws is leaving The Hill after working there for six years.

“Still feels slightly unreal to me, after all this time, though my last day is next Wednesday, so I guess I better get used to the idea,” Laws told FishbowlDC this morning.

The reason for his departure? Laws has been doing a Master of Arts program part-time at Johns Hopkins, and is a little more than halfway through. He wants to concentrate on his studies. He says he’ll be living on the Eastern Shore but traveling back and forth between there and D.C. and Baltimore to meet with his thesis adviser.

We wish Laws all the best. See a few pictures of him, along with a question we asked to allow him to reminisce and reflect on his time at The Hill. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“The networks are all driving me crazy to do television shows—“a ratings machine”—but because of Apprentice have been loyal to NBC.” — Former never had a shot in hell presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Journo meets her twin: Rachel Maddow (And no, we’re not referring to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes)

“Never met Maddow until now. We kind of look alike. My intro: ‘Are you my long lost sister?’ Her: ‘Glad we both got the memo.’ Maddow, heading into West Wing, said she was here for a ‘hippie cabal.’ Asked if I was coming. NO, DAMN IT, I WASN’T INVITED.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Capitol Police come to the rescue of a cell phone

“Phone just fell and slid into a member’s personal storage closet. Big thanks to the five Capitol Police who came to rescue it.” — Lauren French, Politico Pro tax reporter.

Dan Froomkin tweets like a 12-year-old

“If u cn give info 2 the press w/no intent of it going 2 enemy & b found guilty of aiding the enemy… that’s scary.”  — HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin, who has been taking tweeting lessons from Politico‘s Jonathan Martin. Read this 5 times. He links 2 this.

Important Q’s to Ponder: “Didn’t Anna Wintour and Rod Blagojevich get there [sic] hair from same play doh factory?” — Breitbart.com‘s Dana Loesch. And this: What are anna wintour’s qualifications to be uk ambassador other than her accent? (which is very good.)” — ABC News reporter Matt Negrin.

Tapper on Beck’s show to discuss — are you crazy, what else? — The OutPost

“Here I am on @glennbeck’s show today talking about The Outpost.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. His next appearance: Sesame Street, followed by Snapped.  bit.ly/TMEVDE

Smart ass!

“How about ‘up?’ That’s a direction.” — HuffPost‘s Jeff Young in a moment of dripping sarcasm. He was reacting to this from NBC News: “NASA needs stronger direction to lead in space, report finds.”

Cliffhanger: Journo weighs reconciliation with ex

“After a year apart the ex wants to reconcile. He has definitely changed. #sohaveI #surprisingdecision” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman. He continued, “Sometimes the only correct answer is no. #doingsomethingformyselfforonce.” And finally: “Have agreed to have dinner and hear him out at least.” Hey Randy, let us know what happens! Now we’re invested.

Senator questions armored cars at pumpkin festivals

“Spending must be cut for #fiscalcliff when gov pays for armored vehicles to guard rural pumpkin festivals. All in my DHS report out tmrw.” — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

Hess on fence on nipple-related act

“Is projectile ejaculating frosting from your nipples a feminist act? Katy Perry says no but I’m still on the fence.” — Slate blogger Amanda Hess. She links to this story that she wrote headlined: “Enough with the feminism police.”

Find out what’s making Steve Buttry all nostalgic… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

D.C. book shop takes pride in Petraeus mistress video

“Kind of weird that the video circulating in most news reports of Paula Broadwell is of her reading from her Petraeus bio at our store.” — Politics & Prose.

Petraeus scandal fatigue

“*Yawn* Call me when they find pantless photos.” — Washington freelancer Sam Knight.

TV exchange turns Cillizza into toddler

On Monday afternoon WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza appeared on NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell‘s MSNBC program.

Mitchell: “I’m not sure if that was Grover Norquist or Grover from Sesame Street.”

Cillizza: “Ahhh, poopyhead!” (Cillizza is referencing Norquist’s assertion that President Obama portrayed Mitt Romney as a “poopyhead.”)

Mitchell: (What appeared to be authentic laughter)

Reporter proposes new online law

“Tweeting a link to the 2nd or later page of a story should be punishable by death.” — HuffPost health care reporter Jeff Young.

Journo warns against bullshit spam

“Here’s a warning: stay away from opening anything from Zoosk, some bullshit social network thing, that will spam everybody you’ve ever known.” — Michael Wolff, contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

Sting is so dreamy

“To me, Sting is one of the hottest men ever to live.” — former Herman Cain Spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael.

Does General Petraeus sex scandal story have, ahem, long legs?

“I must say, Julian, that your notion of this story not having long legs is chalk full of raw irony.” — Fill-in host Michael Eric Dyson to Democratic strategist Julian Epstein, who appeared on MSNBC Monday afternoon and said he didn’t think the scandal had long legs (wink wink!).

Find out which journo’s husband snorts when he snores and which Politico journo is showing off his girlfriend’s pesto…. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“Good morning. A cup of coffee with my son Daniel outside- before getting ready for work. Thoughts on the day?” Love those dinosaur pj’s! — FNC’s Bret Baier on Friday morning.

The King of Buzz Returns

“Emerging from a week off the grid, doesn’t seem like I missed much.” — Buzzfeed Political Editor Ben Smith, who is apparently disappointed in all of us. Grab the tissues.

The Fix Hits Grocery and Destroys Day for Everyone

WaPo The Fix’s Chris Cillizza ventured out to the supermarket over the weekend and made sure to make the culinary experience fun-filled for everyone. Just see the reactions — they’re funnier than Cillizza’s original news.

Cillizza: “Taking a 3 year old and a newborn to the grocery store by yourself should be an Olympic sport. #London2012.”

“@TheFix Just sat next to a family with about a 3 y/o at Wegmans seafood bar. Shouldn’t be a sport, should be a crime.” — Col. Morris Davis.

“@TheFix maybe for a man; for women it’s called ‘errands’” — flack and news junkie Wanda Moebius putting Cillizza in his place. Wanda is a VAP at the Advanced Medical Technology Association. She’s formerly senior direcot at PHRMA, senior director at Dittus and managing director at Hill & Knowlton.

Dicking Around in the Airport

“In airport line women in flats look down on women In high platform heels teetering above them.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson. This was a toss-up between “Unnecessary Tweet of the Day” and “Dicking Around” but we’re sticking with his feature name.

Reporter has fun with sugar

“Thanks for the helpful tip, bag of sugar!” — HuffPost‘s Jeff Young. If you can’t make it out clearly, the bag reads: “Great for baking.”

Mark Knoller doesn’t watch Army Wives?

“TV choices tonight include Cupcake Wars and Ice Road Truckers. Hard to choose.” — CBS White House Radio Reporter Mark Knoller in apparent wrenching internal conflict Sunday night.

We’re hanging on your every word, Howie

“Torn between Olympics tweeting and TV critics tweeting about Charlie Sheen, and Russell Brand mocking Palin. Both competitive sports.” — The Daily Beast/Newsweek, Daily Download and CNN’s Howard Kurtz.

Self-appointed media critic

“Judging by the people’s reaction, we are ready to vote out Obama and the media that cover him. #Onetermforallofthem.” — Short-lived Mitt Romney aide and former UN Spokesman Richard Grenell.

NPR’s Norris disses Ben & Jerry

“No disrespect to Ben & Jerry’s but you can keep your $6 ice cream cones. Two bucks will set you up nicely at DQ.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Press Sec. praises the Twitter Gods

“I got a warning email from @twitter within a minute of the first tweet from my hacked account going out. Amazing.” — Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) Comm. Director Ian Koski.

HuffPost Nabs Bloomberg Reporter

Bloomberg isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. After just a year and a half, Jeff Young has left Bloomberg for HuffPost Biz to cover healthcare. Despite working for the New York-based section, he is based in the Washington bureau.

Before Bloomberg, Young worked at The Hill for five years. He was among a small crew of reporters from The Hill who trooped over to Bloomberg within months of one another. He left Bloomberg in September and began reporting for HuffPost two weeks ago. In a note to FishbowlDC, he explains what happened. Most of all, he says, going to HuffPost just “felt right.”

“I’m covering health care for the New York-based Business team but I’m working out of our D.C. bureau near the White House,” he wrote by email. “I just couldn’t leave Washington — I had like $20 left on my SmarTrip card that would’ve gone to waste. I’m super-excited to be part of a growing, forward-thinking digital news organization and working alongside so many smart people.

“I actually left Bloomberg News last September after about a year and a half on staff. It goes without saying that they’re doing a lot of excellent work there (and everyone should buy a BGOV subscription!) and I learned a lot from my editors and fellow health reporters but I ultimately realized that writing for a financial news service wasn’t for me. I took some time to think over what I really wanted to do and when the HuffPost opportunity came up, it just felt right. Plus, I can be a lot looser on my Twitter account now. This is more important to me than I’d like to admit.” He added in his note yesterday, “P.S. Today is my birthday.”

Young, who do you think we are, Playbook? You think we’re going to give you a “Birthweek” or something? Congratulations on your new job, and fine, Happy Birthday!

BGov Takes Tiron from The Hill

Bloomberg Government has hired The Hill‘s Roxana Tiron. Roxana will join BGOV as a defense reporter on the US Government team which covers the White House, Congress, State Defense and Justice Departments, the Supreme Court, FTC, etc. Specifically she will be reporting on defense policy from legislative, regulatory and business perspectives, ranging from Capitol Hill to federal agencies.

Tiron will join her former colleagues from The Hill: Jeff Young, Jim Snyder and Silla Brush at Bloomberg immediately after the new year.

Two Scribes Leave The Hill

Two reporters are leaving The Hill. One is Walter Alarkon, whose last day is today. The other is Silla Brush, who moves to Bloomberg News next month. Earlier this year, The Hill lost two other reporters to Bloomberg NewsJim Snyder and Jeff Young.

The Hill’s Snyder Goes to Bloomberg

The Hill loses another reporter to Bloomberg. Just recently, reporter Jeff Young left the publication for Bloomberg. Now, it’s Business and Lobbying Editor Jim Snyder who has accepted a position with Bloomberg.

An internal memo from Editor Hugo Gurdon announces the news:

After seven years at The Hill, the great Jim Snyder has decided to move to pastures new – or anyway, to take on a new challenge. He has accepted a job offer from Bloomberg and will be leaving us in a couple of weeks. Jim is a fine reporter, a sardonic wit and a consistently calm presence in the newsroom. I am sorry to see him go, as I know you will be, too, but I am also grateful for his many years of work here. He has helped build our policy coverage and our Business & Lobbying section into the best in Washington. We will give him a good send-off. Thanks, Hugo

The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

The Hill Gains One, Loses Another

This just in…from The Hill’s Editor Hugo Gurdon:

I wanted to let you know about a few changes in the newsroom.

Russell Berman, who was previously at AOL News and The New York Sun
(after internships at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times), will join
us on April 2 as a staff writer covering the House Democrats.

Erika Niedowski, who has been Moscow correspondent for the Baltimore
Sun, Washington bureau chief for the National, and assistant managing
editor of the Washington City Paper, will become an assistant editor
at The Hill on April 19.

I am delighted by these two arrivals. There is also one departure.
Jeff Young has decided to take a new direction in his career and is
leaving us to join Bloomberg. He has been at The Hill five years
covering healthcare for the Business & Lobbying section. He has been
in the thick of the news reporting healthcare reform for the past
year and I am very grateful to him for the long hours he has spent
making sure our coverage stood out. I am sure that you join me in
wishing Jeff all the best in the future.

Thanks, Hugo