Frank James

Frank James joined NPR News in April 2009 to launch the blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Mark Memmott.

"The Two-Way" is the place where gives readers breaking news and analysis — and engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

James came to NPR from the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for 20 years. In 2006, James created "The Swamp," the paper's successful politics and policy news blog whose readership climbed to a peak of 3 million page-views a month.

Before that, James covered homeland security, technology and privacy and economics in the Tribune's Washington Bureau. He also reported for the Tribune from South Africa and covered politics and higher education.

James also reported for The Wall Street Journal for nearly 10 years.

James received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Dickinson College and now serves on its board of trustees.



Wed July 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Bachmann, Other House Conservatives, Accuse Obama Of Debt Scare Tactics

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks while fellow Republicans representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas (l) and Steve King of Iowa wait.
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Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, suggested Wednesday that he'd like President Obama to be more like President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

No, he wasn't talking about wanting Obama to massively expand the federal government or engage in more Keynesian pump-priming.

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Tue July 12, 2011
It's All Politics

McConnell Proposes Congress Indirectly Give Obama Debt-Ceiling Power

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and other GOP Senate leaders speak to journalists on Tuesday.
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In a proposal that appears to be mostly about finding a way to raise the debt ceiling while protecting his fellow congressional Republicans from having to vote to do so, Sen. Mitch McConnell has suggested a way in which Congress could effectively give President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling.

But it would also seem meant to potentially put Obama on the defensive by having him take the political heat for raising the debt ceiling. Repeated polls have found a majority of Americans opposed to a higher debt ceiling.

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Wed July 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama Taking His Economic Message To Twitter Town Hall

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When you're a U.S. president, you can never have too many followers. So it makes sense, then, that President Obama would eventually turn to that ultimate population of followers, the 140-character delimited Twitterverse by holding the first White House Twitter town hall Wednesday.

At the event scheduled to start at 2 pm eastern time and "presented" by Twitter, people will be able to tweet their questions to the hashtag #AskObama.

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Tue July 5, 2011
It's All Politics

Debt-Ceiling Crisis: 27 Days Until D-Day And Stalemate Continues

With the July 4 holiday behind us, it's now 27 days until D-day, with the "D" standing for default, which the Obama Administration assures us the federal government will do on its debts unless Congress increases the nation's $14.3 debt ceiling before then.

Where do things stand? Pretty much where they did before the holiday, except now there's even less time.

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Fri July 1, 2011
It's All Politics

State Woebegone: Minnesota Government Shuts Down In Fiscal Dispute

In a battle between a governmental chief executive and legislature over taxing and spending that is getting wearingly familiar in the U.S., the Minnesota state government shut down after Republican lawmakers refused to consider tax hikes on the wealthy proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer- Labor Party.

Tom Scheck of NPR member station Minnesota Public Radio, reported the following:

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