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Brendan James

Brendan James is the front page editor for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, he worked as a reporter at Yahoo! News and interned at Andrew Sullivan's blog The Dish. He can be reached at brendan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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On Monday Barack and Michelle Obama hosted the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll. Featuring a theme of "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,'' the South Lawn of the White House supplied live music, cooking and events for children.

After addressing a crowd of 30,000 from the Truman Balcony (a seven-foot-tall Easter Bunny standing by), the president read children stories and the First Lady spoke to parents about healthy eating and provided attendants with healthy snack-making demonstrations.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The crash of a Chicago commuter train that derailed and plowed up an escalator at one of the world's busiest airports would have been far worse, and likely fatal, had it not happened how and when it did, a transportation expert says.

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