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What to Watch

Children from across the country will flock to the White House today for the annual Easter Egg Roll.
Children from across the country will flock to the White House today for the annual Easter Egg Roll. (By J. Scott Applewhite -- Associated Press)
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Monday, April 13, 2009

-- President Obama and the first family are hosting one heck of an Easter Egg Roll at the White House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to online ticketing, 30,000 people from 45 states are expected to attend -- about 10,000 more than usual. The theme of this year's event is "Let's go play," to encourage young people to lead healthy and active lives. The South Lawn egg roll, a Washington tradition since 1878, is open in two-hour shifts to pre-ticketed families with children 10 or younger and features athletic activities -- such as dance, yoga, soccer and basketball -- with stars of Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association and the Women's National Basketball Association; cooking classes with celebrity chefs such as José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn and Art Smith; and live music from the likes of Fergie, Ziggy Marley and Jessica Jarrell.

The National Park Service also hosts related activities and crafts at a White House Visitor Center "Kids Corner," beginning at 7:30 a.m. And because no Washington gathering can ever be a politics-free zone, filmmaker and activist Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation holds a 9 a.m. event outside the White House featuring people dressed as Easter bunnies distributing eggs stuffed with toy soldiers and questions about the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, the subject of Greenwald's latest film project.

-- For parents who tire of the kid stuff, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman is speaking at 12:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, a few blocks from the White House, on "Tax Time Amid Hard Times," part of a luncheon series. Don't expect a free lunch, however; there's a $35 fee for walk-in diners.

-- New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) comes to Arlington with Americans United for Safe Streets to launch its latest television ad, calling on Virginia to close a gun-show loophole allowing some sellers to get around requirements to conduct background checks. Also speaking will be Omar Samaha, brother of Virginia Tech shooting victim Reema Samaha.

-- Back at the Press Club, Obama critic and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman expands on his New York Times columns with a briefing for foreign media titled "The Return of Depression Economics?"

-- Congress continues its Easter recess.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta

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