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
12:09 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Obama Gives Eventual GOP Nominee Taste Of Michigan Campaign Ahead

President Obama appears to check smartphone as he heads for the Oval Office after speaking to the UAW, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 7:03 pm

President Obama never mentioned Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum or the other Republican presidential candidates by name in his speech before the United Auto Workers Tuesday.

He didn't need to; everyone knew whom he had in mind when he accused some critics of the federally financed auto industry bailout of peddling distortions.

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It's All Politics
1:06 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Romney's Wealth 'Gaffes' Seem Less About Money, More About Him

Mitt Romney walks with driver Brian Vickers at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 2:34 pm

By this point, as virtually everyone knows, Mitt Romney has fed a stereotype of himself as an out-of-touch plutocrat through a series of comments the news media have labeled "gaffes."

The word gaffe, of course, as Michael Kinsley once observed, has at least two meanings: the generally used one of something that's a social faux pas, and the Washington one, which the journalist said was "someone telling the truth by accident."

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It's All Politics
7:11 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Monday's Political Grab Bag: Romney, Santorum Tied In Michigan?

On the eve of Tuesday primaries in Michigan and Arizona, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appeared to be tied in the Great Lakes state though the former Massachusetts governor likely had the momentum and looked to be significantly ahead in the southwestern border state.

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It's All Politics
6:41 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

VA Governor Claims Reports Of Ultrasound Retreat Greatly Exaggerated

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Bob Brown AP

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 1:51 pm

The news media are wrong, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell wants you to know. The state's Republican chief executive didn't retreat on the anti-abortion legislation that would have mandated that women seeking an abortion in the state have an invasive ultrasound.

He still wants them to have ultrasounds, but external ones, McDonnell said at a Friday forum hosted by and reported on by Politico.

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It's All Politics
6:39 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Romney's Big-Stadium Speech Makes Some Ask: Why Union-Bash In Detroit?

Mitt Romney at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 4:12 pm

Mitt Romney made what his campaign billed as a big economic speech Friday at Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions which can hold 65,000 people.

Photos of Romney's crowd of 1,200 members of the Detroit Economic Club seated at the 30 yard line against a backdrop of all those empty seats didn't necessarily present the kind of image a presidential campaign normally strives for just days before an important primary, in this case Michigan's.

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