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POLITICOs Tweet on Resignation of Executive Editor Rick Berke

In an email to staff Sunday evening and after less than a year at the Rosslyn-based political news outlet, Rick Berke resigned as executive editor of POLITICO. Current and former POLITICO staff took to Twitter to share their farewells.

John Bresnahan, senior Congressional reporter, POLITICO

Steven Shepard, Campaigns and elections editor, POLITICO

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Quotes of the Day

BREAKFAST AT ABC’s THIS WEEK: HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: “French toast, home fried potatoes, sausage patties and bacon in the ABC green room. Seriously?” Host George Stephanopoulos replied, “Sorry, Arianna, I ate all the Greek yogurt.”

On Margaret Thatcher’s passing

“Margaret Thatcher was the first politician I ever met. She was a wonderful person and a great leader.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erik Erickson.

“Obviously, everyone should relate Thatcher’s death to something in American politics, and then tweet it, because that is a Good Thing to Do.” — Politico‘s Tony Romm.

“Over-under on # of people who will write interesting columns about what Thatcher meant to them: 4″ — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Music editor ties the knot

“En route to the church to marry my best friend, @mabinty. #weddingday.” — WCP‘s Marcus Moore, who married Mabinty Koroma.

Violent dream talk.

“I’m killing people off in my dreams right and left this week. Sorry, everyone. I don’t like it either.” — Photographer and blogger Laurie White.

Weekend TV Watching

“This episode of Cops takes place in Portland. The squad car pulls over a naked man on a bike who is ‘protesting global warming.’” — Politico’s Byron Tau.

“Watching ‘Point Break’ with Alex Pappas. It’s his favorite movie.” — The Daily Caller’s Will Rahn regarding he and his colleague, Alex Pappas.

Tschida’s exotic vacation to southeast Asia

“Long airport layover, so sign up for ‘foot massage.’ 90-year-old man comes in says please take off trouser but please leave underwear on.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. And unfortunately, upon returning home, Tschida falls ill: “Back from the jungle and all day long I go from chills to sweat. Sure hope it’s the D.C. weather and not dengue fever. But with my luck?”

Editor throws caution to wind

“Went to the P St. Whole Foods after 2pm because YOLO” — Foreign Policy magazine Managing Editor Blake Hounshell.

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Politico Reporter Blows Embargo, Pew P.O.’D

Newly hired Politico reporter Tony Romm apparently didn’t think the embargo meant him earlier this week, when he blew right through the Pew Center’s embargo rules on a study on broadband use – an annual study that is reportedly highly anticipated. Politico published the story one day before the embargo was supposed to be lifted, causing upheaval among reporters around town who had been working on long-term pieces.

Pew wasn’t thrilled either.

In fact, Pew was upset, as it was described to FishbowlDC. But, funny, when we asked Pew, notoriously sensitive about its PR, if it was upset about the broken embargo, the researcher who wrote the report, Aaron Smith, declined to comment, saying the affair had been handled internally and was over. Smith, however, did apologize in an e-mail obtained by FishbowlDC, saying Politico was supposed to honor the embargo rules like everyone else.

The embargo from Pew was clearly stated: “Pew Internet: new report on home broadband adoption (for Thursday a.m. publication”). To even obtain this e-mail, reporters had to write to Pew to confirm they’d respect the embargo.

Romm had no comment when we made the request over e-mail this morning. But on Wednesday, the day he broke the embargo, he expressed remorse on Twitter: “I have done more harm than good today, and I’ve only been at work for 29 minutes. This can’t go well.”

WaPo‘s Cecilia Kang alludes to “another outlet” breaking the embargo. Read about it after the jump…

> Update: A comment from Dan Berman, editor for Politico. “POLITICO mistakenly broke the embargo on the home broadband report yesterday. Tony has apologized to Pew and we consider the matter closed,” Berman said through a spokesperson.

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The Hill Loses Blogger to a Job Outside World of Journalism

ericzimmermann.jpg Eric Zimmermann, a blogger for The Hill‘s Briefing Room Blog, is leaving the publication to go to work for the The Benenson Strategy Group as an analyst. Zimmermann has been with the publication just shy of a year and a half. His last day is Friday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at The Hill and have learned a lot,” Zimmermann wrote to FishbowlDC. “I just decided journalism wasn’t for me right now. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work at Benenson Strategy Group.”

Since Zimmermann is not leaving for a competing publication, he was not asked to forgo his two-weeks notice and pack up his things within 20 minutes like the last blogger, Tony Romm, who left The Hill for a job at Politico.

Bloggers Mike O’Brien, Jordan Fabian, and Elise Viebeck will pick up the slack and carry on with the Briefing Room blog. Zimmermann has been one of four scribes who write for the blog.

Politico Acquires Another Blogger From The Hill

We’re hearing word that Tony Romm , The Hill‘s Briefing Room blogger, resigned Friday morning. He gave his two-weeks notice, but apparently that didn’t go over so well. Romm, we’re told, was asked to leave by close of business today. He is headed to Politico. (A Hill employee remarked over e-mail, “Happy hour may not happen.”)

Most recently, Politico lured away The Hill‘s Kim Hart, who wrote Hillicon Valley. She will be writing for a tech blog at Politico.