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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2:32pm

Wed July 20, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama Could Agree To Brief Debt-Ceiling Extension With Conditions

In recent weeks, White House aides have left the very strong impression that President Obama wouldn't approve any short-term extension of the debt ceiling just for the sake of avoiding default on Aug 2 or shortly thereafter.

The aim of that warning seemed to be the president's intention to avoid prolonging the debt-ceiling debate any longer than needed. The risks created for the U.S. and global economies by a continuing threat of a U.S. default are just too great.

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7:04pm

Tue July 19, 2011
It's All Politics

Second Senate Debt-Ceiling Effort Raises Pressure On House GOP

House Republicans arguably found themselves under even more pressure Tuesday as a renewed bipartisan effort emerged in the Senate to reach a debt-ceiling agreement to avoid a U.S. government default on its obligations.

The Gang of Six, a group of Democratic and Republican senators trying to bridge Congress' fiscal disagreements, came forward with a package of spending cuts and higher taxes to significantly cut deficits.

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11:43am

Thu July 14, 2011
It's All Politics

Republican Leaders In Debt-Ceiling Corner Between Obama And Tea Party

As Thursday brought the prospect of another scheduled afternoon White House meeting between the antagonists in the debt-ceiling battle, it was only natural to wonder how that session would go considering what happened the day before.

On Wednesday, as been widely reported, that meeting got somewhat testy, with President Obama telling congressional Republicans, specifically House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, not to test his resolve.

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5:51pm

Wed July 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Bachmann, Other House Conservatives, Accuse Obama Of Debt Scare Tactics

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks while fellow Republicans representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas (l) and Steve King of Iowa wait.
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Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, suggested Wednesday that he'd like President Obama to be more like President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

No, he wasn't talking about wanting Obama to massively expand the federal government or engage in more Keynesian pump-priming.

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4:52pm

Tue July 12, 2011
It's All Politics

McConnell Proposes Congress Indirectly Give Obama Debt-Ceiling Power

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and other GOP Senate leaders speak to journalists on Tuesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

In a proposal that appears to be mostly about finding a way to raise the debt ceiling while protecting his fellow congressional Republicans from having to vote to do so, Sen. Mitch McConnell has suggested a way in which Congress could effectively give President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling.

But it would also seem meant to potentially put Obama on the defensive by having him take the political heat for raising the debt ceiling. Repeated polls have found a majority of Americans opposed to a higher debt ceiling.

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