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.


It's All Politics
11:11 am
Tue July 5, 2011

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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It's All Politics
8:33 am
Fri July 1, 2011

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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It's All Politics
5:18 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Obama Debt-Ceiling Pitch Sounds Re-Election Themes

Watching President Obama Wednesday at his first full-scale news conference since February, it was difficult not to be aware of the two simultaneous campaigns he was waging.

The first and more short-term campaign was his effort to get congressional Republicans to agree to raise the federal debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline set by the U.S. Treasury Department to avert a debt default by the U.S. government.

Since the economy is the issue that tops all others for voters, Obama said the debt-ceiling was about jobs.

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It's All Politics
7:05 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Rod Blagojevich's Tongue Finally Meets Its Match - 17 Federal Convictions

Rod Blagojevich's seemingly irrepressible tongue finally met its match — convictions on 17 of 20 federal corruption counts.

Until Monday, there seemed to be very little that was capable of quieting the voluble former Illinois governor whose powers of self-justification were remarkable, even for a politician.

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It's All Politics
12:43 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Obama, Biden To Meet With Reid, McConnell On Debt Talks

There's apparently at least one congressional Republican leader willing to sit down with President Obama to talk about raising the debt ceiling. The White House on Friday issued the following statement:

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