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 NPR.org 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.

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5:05pm

Mon March 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Sen. John Ensign Spares All Of Us 'Ugly' Campaign

Originally published on Mon March 7, 2011 3:05 pm

U.S. Sen John Ensign, with wife Darlene, March 7, 2011.
Oskar Garcia ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sen. John Ensign said it himself. It was going to be ugly if the Nevada Republican ran for re-election, no doubt about it.

Assuming he emerged the victor after a near certain primary challenge, which was a big if, there would have likely been a very nasty general election campaign.

Democrats, desperate to keep control of the Senate, had a lot to work with, given Ensign's well publicized extramarital affair with a political aide who was married to one of his staffers. Then there was the large payment from Ensign to the couple and a Senate ethics investigation, to boot.

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1:05pm

Mon March 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Senate Democrats Want Meeting With Gov. Walker

Updated at 4:04 pm ET -- Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker rejected as "ridiculous" the request of the Senate Democrats' leader for an in-person meeting between himself and the governor.

Democrat Sen. Mark Miller is one of 14 Democrats who fled Wisconsin for Illinois to deny Republicans the quorum they needed to advance controversial budget legislation that would limit the power of public employee unions.

A quote from Walker's news conference:

"Sen. Miller is misleading the public, just like he misled us."

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11:40am

Mon March 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney: Abolish 'ObamaCare' (RomneyCare Was Different)

Mitt Romney, who is clearly on a path to run again for the Republican presidential nomination, made a speech Saturday in New Hampshire (a critical waystation on that road) that attracted much notice.

In it, the former Massachusetts governor called for the repeal of the new health care law perjoratively called "ObamaCare" by its critics.

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3:52pm

Fri March 4, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner: House Will Defend DOMA; Courts, Not Obama, Should Decide

In an expected move, Speaker Boehner said Friday the House would defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

The move comes in the wake of the Obama administration's decision to refrain from defending the law because of its legal assessment that the law is unconstitutional.

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10:02am

Fri March 4, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner: Good Jobs Data Due To Tax Cuts (Not Obama Stimulus)

Economists at the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office may credit the economic stimulus enacted by President Obama and the previous Congress for boosting economic growth and jobs through the end of last year (and presumably into this year.)

But Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP won their majority in part by arguing that the stimulus was a bust.

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