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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4:30pm

Thu July 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Speakership Hits Tea Party Iceberg

Just as the Washington narrative had started to shift a bit from "House Speaker John Boehner doesn't have the juice to get his conference to support him" to "Boehner is getting his fellow Republicans to rally around him" it shifts back to the former.

That's because he was unable to get enough members of the Republican conference to commit to voting for his debt-ceiling increase.

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10:48am

Thu July 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Has Few If Any Votes To Spare For His Debt-Ceiling Bill

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 10:15 am

Think Progress, the liberal group, posts on its blog its own whip count of the House Republican "no" votes on Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling bill.

TP was trying to assess if Boehner can get the 217 votes he needs to pass his proposal. (Because of vacancies he doesn't need the 218 that would normally be required in a 435-member House.)

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10:48am

Wed July 27, 2011
It's All Politics

CBO Says Reid Debt Plan, Like Boehner's, Falls Short Of Goal

Originally published on Wed July 27, 2011 10:21 am

The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that Sen. Harry Reid's debt ceiling plan falls short of the kind of deficit reduction the proposal envisions, sending the Senate minority leader back to his numbers crunchers to try and find more savings.

The CBO, a non-partisan heartbreaker of a government agency that estimates for lawmakers what their proposed policies are likely to cost, sort of Washington's version of the Delphic oracle, told Reid that his plan would cut the deficit by $2.2 trillion over a ten year period from 2012 to 2021.

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12:01pm

Tue July 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Vox Populi Strains Congress' Phone Lines, Websites

Originally published on Tue July 26, 2011 11:39 am

Americans are evidently responding to President Obama's request Monday evening that they contact their lawmakers.

Congress' phone lines and web sites were jammed Tuesday, becoming unavailable for many who tried to communicate with Capitol Hill.

Congress' call center sent the following email across Capitol Hill:

Due to the high volume of external calls, House telephone circuits serving 202-225-XXXX phone numbers are near capacity resulting in outside callers occasionally getting busy signals. Outbound calls are unaffected.

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11:06am

Tue July 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Rep. David Wu Is Resigning; Was House's First Chinese-American Lawmaker

Rep. David Wu, the first Chinese-American to serve in the House, announced Tuesday that he will resign, ending what seemed to be headed toward becoming another embarrassing congressional sex scandal.

The Oregon Democrat faced a House ethics investigation after allegations surfaced that he had what is being widely described as an "unwanted sexual encounter" with a teenager. The young person was the daughter of Wu's childhood friend.

The Oregonian reported:

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