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
6:14 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Roles Reverse As Obama Seems More Hawkish Than Many In GOP

How much has the nation's political landscape changed after 10 years, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and whatever we define Libya as?

So much so that a Democratic president who ran as an anti-war candidate, at least on Iraq, has come to look like a hawk when compared to Republican presidential candidates.

On the eve of his Wednesday evening speech to the nation in which he will announce how he plans to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan, it's Obama who finds himself fending off calls for a rapid drawdown of U.S. forces there.

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It's All Politics
9:56 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Huntsman Signals He Plans To Take High Road To White House

Based on an advance text of Jon Huntsman's kick off speech for his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he plans to take the high road to the White House.

In the first speech of his official presidential campaign, Huntsman declared he would disagree with President Obama, the Democrat in the White House, as well his fellow Republicans competing to oust the president, without demonizing them.

The former Utah governor also offers a dual vision of America — one of a dire future, the other more upbeat.

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It's All Politics
8:25 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

A Month In New Job, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Is Having An Impact

Chicago officials be forewarned: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city's new chief executive, may drop in on you with no notice and administer a snap quiz.

In a conversation with Weekend Edition Saturday, Emanuel told host Scott Simon that he did just that recently.

Between two scheduled events, Emanuel decided to make an impromptu visit to a police precinct in a high crime area which was just assigned 57 additional extra police officers as part of the new mayor's effort to get more police out of desk jobs and onto the streets.

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It's All Politics
12:33 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Anthony Weiner's Political Sin: Picked Bad Time To Be Big Distraction

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) stepped onto an elevator earlier this month after leaving his office in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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Rep. Anthony Weiner couldn't exit the scene fast enough for Democrats and didn't.

Initially after the scandal of his lewd tweets to at least six young women broke, he said he wasn't quitting. Then with increasing pressure for his resignation, he appeared to try to buy time by letting it be known that he was entering rehab.

In the end, however, he was only able to get two weeks past Memorial Day weekend when the scandal went public before the pressure became so irresistible that he would be forced on Thursday to announce his resignation.

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It's All Politics
12:29 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Obama Seeks Florida's Electoral Votes In Puerto Rico

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 12:34 pm

Maybe it's cynical of us political observers or just an acknowledgement of election-cycle reality.

But perhaps the best prism through which understand President Obama's Puerto Rico visit Tuesday is the electoral college.

Using that filter, his trip is his attempt to make sure Florida's growing Puerto Rican population in his corner next year.

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