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Brendan James

Brendan James is a newswriter at 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. Follow him on Twitter at @deep_beige.

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The Atlantic proved it believed in second chances on Wednesday when it published an essay by Jared Keller, a former staffer who was fired last month for plagiarism at the news startup Mic.

"We're well aware of his mistakes," Anna Bross, senior director of communications at The Atlantic, told TPM in an email after Keller's piece — "What Makes Americans So Optimistic" — went up Wednesday morning.

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