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Henneberger Seeks Funding to Resume Politics Daily

We hear that Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Hennenberger, who was formally laid off last week from HuffPost/AOL, is seeking venture capital to reassemble the Politics Daily team at a new site. Meanwhile, some of her now former writers are being folded into HuffPost/AOL, such as White House Correspondent Alex Wagner who is going to Huffington Post Media Group to be Social Impact Reporter along with David Wood (Military Defense Correspondent) and Andrea Stone (Senior National Correspondent).

In her recent sign off from Politics Daily, Henneberger lays out her plan: “All I’ve learned in the last two years has actually made me more rather than less optimistic about the future of journalism; though PD didn’t survive, quality does work on the Web. I’m even hopeful that I may get to try and put together a new start-up with the old url – a request that I’m told AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is seriously considering, for no reason other than that he’d rather see us live on, too. And whatever he decides, I wish all of my former AOL colleagues only smooth landings.”

We’ve requested comment from Henneberger on the matter.

Whatever happens, the Editor-in-Chief is clearly missed…

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QUOTES of the DAY

Syndicated columnist Karl Frisch posted photographs from foggy Snowshoe Mountain, a ski resort in West Virginia, this weekend. He’s a former senior fellow at Media Matters and now a strategic consultant with Bullfight Strategies, a communications firm founded by former Media Matters President Eric Burns.

A Stephen Tschida Weekend Special

“Asked stylist 2 make hair less bushy. Put something in, thinkin chemically straightened? Not feeling very macho, but it looks GREAT!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, the wild guy from the train, catches us up on his hairdo in a weekend tweet. He was in Miami at the time of the hair styling.

A journo’s flight to Cairo

“My flight into Cairo this morning was about 90 percent empty. The airport looks like something out of “28 Days Later.” — ABC’s Terry Moran in a weekend tweet.

Erickson says no to Facebook stalker

“Dear person I don’t know: emailing me to complain I haven’t accepted your friend invite on Facebook is a great way to get me to ignore u.” CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in a testy weekend tweet.

White House Super Bowl party etiquette

“IS IT UNCOOL TO ARRIVE EARLY?: White House says Obama Super Bowl party starts at 6:28 pm on Sunday night” — Cox Radio congressional reporter Jamie Dupree in a weekend tweet.

Scribe enjoys weekend Drudge match

“I have more Twitters followers than Matt Drudge right now. I’m just enjoying my five minutes before @_DRUDGE drives over me.” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a weekend tweet. By Sunday, Drudge suddenly had a new handle. It’s now: @DRUDGE. Miller added, “I want to know how @DRUDGE got a new username last night. The underscore is missing today from @_DRUDGE. Did @Twitter execs intervene?” (Drudge leaped passed Miller (4,754) and and now has 13,617 followers. Drudge began tweeting on Friday, Feb. 5.)

D.C. journalists react to HuffPost to AOL sale

“um, AOL has $315M? Who knew?” — ABC News’s Amy Walter in a Monday morning tweet.

“If AOL values a blog network at $315 million, then I’m expecting a VERY big raise from Yahoo.” — Yahoo! News Editor Chris Lehmann in a Monday morning tweet.

“Is Arianna the magic Doritos powder for AOL?” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni in a Monday morning tweet.

“According to the image on HuffPo‘s homepage, Arianna is going to be in charge of Patch, too. How horrible is that?” — The Daily Caller’s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Monday morning tweet.

The Critic

“Dear Pepco, learn how to make a website that works. Thx.” — NJ The Hotline’s Jeremy Jacobs in a weekend tweet.

Mr. Exciting

“Not the most exciting conversation I’ve ever had, but not bad.” — Scott Mackey from WaPo‘s Date Lab in the Sunday Magazine. He rated the date a “solid 3″ out of 5. He also said their “charismas” weren’t “meshing together.” Just the phrasing alone, we rate him a 1.

Editor gets all Reaganed out

“Have read, run & written so much Reaganalia this week would not be surprised to look up and see shoulder pads, leg warmers & big hair…” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a weekend tweet on account of all the stories surrounding the late President Reagan’s 100th birthday.

Amazing Bugg news: Co-publisher of Metro Weekly Sean Bugg is now following us on Twitter. As some readers may know, Bugg has singlehandedly landed in the Unnecessary Tweet of the Day feature more times than any other D.C. area journalist we cover. Congratulations Bugg! His preferred topics of conversation online: the gym and vegetables.