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
2:39 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Under Obama, U.S. Gov't Spends At Lowest Rate In Decades, Says Journalist

President Obama is getting a bum rap on the pace of federal spending, a journalist writes.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 10:39 am

(Updated on 5/23/12 @ 11:55 am. See end of post for Romney campaign response.)

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It's All Politics
11:49 am
Fri May 18, 2012

'President Romney's' First Day In Office: All About Reversing Obama Per Ad

Romney "Day One" ad

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 12:23 pm

Challenging an incumbent president means finding ways to narrow the stature gap between the Oval Office occupant and would-be president.

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It's All Politics
10:39 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Obama Team Frets About GOP Attacks By Rich-Powered SuperPacs

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 3:39 pm

Updated @ 2:14 pm ET -- Strategic Perception Inc., the ad firm whose principal, Fred Davis, was mentioned in a story about a proposed superPAC anti-Obama attack-ad campaign that would use Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has now issued a statement:

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It's All Politics
3:38 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

White House Sandwiches Followed By Snark, Disappointment, Warnings

President Obama's limo in what was, in part, the world's most impressive lunch run, Washington, May 16, 2012.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 5:44 pm

President Obama and congressional leaders lunched at the White House Wednesday on sandwiches the leader of the free world purchased during a visit to a Washington, D.C., eatery where he met earlier in the morning with a group of small-business people.

Descriptions of the White House lunch meeting from those on the opposing red and blue teams aware of the details of the discussion made it sound like yet another meeting featuring the nation's top policymakers that you could have accurately described beforehand.

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It's All Politics
11:05 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Chris Christie, Corey Booker Bridge Partisan Divide With Laughter

The new political comedy team of Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yuck it up in January 2011.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 1:24 pm

In our politically polarized age, we need to grab our moments of bipartisan bliss where we find them. Like in a comedic sketch by two New Jersey politicians with with soaring national reputations and who both are widely thought of as eventual White House prospects.

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It's All Politics
3:08 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

In Romney, Obama Video War, Downbeat Americans Take Center Stage

The down-on-his-luck American may have been forgotten in times past but not by today's presidential-campaign video makers.
Romney campaign ad screenshot

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 4:47 pm

Forget about President Franklin Roosevelt's "Forgotten Man," the everyday American who's down on his luck economically and ignored by the powers that be.

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It's All Politics
2:19 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Romney And Obama: A Tale Of Two Commencement Speeches

President Obama delivers the commencement address Monday at Barnard College in New York.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:06 pm

As close as the general election is expected to be, virtually everything the presidential candidates do from here until November is about maximizing the turnout of voters in their respective bases without repelling independents or moderates.

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It's All Politics
5:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

After GOP Hits, Obama Energy Website Substitutes Coal For Efficiency

Coal piled near a conveyor at a mine near Meta, Ky., in August 2011.
Ed Reinke AP

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 1:57 pm

Both Democrats and Republicans sing the praises of all-of-the-above energy strategy aimed at reducing the nation's lengthy addiction to foreign oil though both sides suspect the other of lacking sincerity

Republicans, for instance, generally doubt that Democrats really want to exploit as much of the nation's oil and coal resources as they do. Democrats, on the other hand, distrust Republicans' commitment to renewables and energy efficiency.

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It's All Politics
5:07 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Romney, Boehner Message: It's Still The Economy (Not Gay Marriage), Stupid

House Speaker John Boehner speaks Thursday at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill. Boehner spoke on a number of topics but would not comment on gay marriage when asked.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 5:51 pm

Let others get distracted by the news the day before that President Obama now personally supports gay marriage. Mitt Romney and Speaker John Boehner said Thursday they intended to stay on message and keep hitting the president in what they view as his Achilles heel — the economy.

Being that it's also the issue voters have in repeated polls said is most important to them, it was hard to argue with their decision.

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It's All Politics
12:23 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Reaction To Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Suppport: From Sublime To Silly

Reaction to President Obama's bombshell that he now supports gay marriage ran the gamut from profound to lighthearted.
The White House Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 9:06 am

(This post has been revised.)

If anything could predictably induce torrents of Internet reaction, it would be a U.S. president making the surprise disclosure that he supports same-sex marriage. And so it has been following President Obama's Wednesday ABC News interview in which he said he personally backs gay marriage.

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