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.



Fri June 10, 2011
It's All Politics

Sarah's Choice: Email Dump Will Add To Doubt That She Will Run

Today in Alaska, state officials will release tens of thousands of pages of emails Sarah Palin sent or received as governor from 2007 to 2009. To imagine what this trove may contain, imagine what might show up in your own email (or that of your intimates). There may well be moments of high courage and eloquence. But there will also be other moments.

Now, guess which kind of moments would prompt the most conversation among your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers. Not to mention people imagining you as president.

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Thu June 9, 2011
It's All Politics

Newt Gingrich's Top Aides Quit; He Vows To Continue

In what appears to be a major setback to his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, top aides quit Newt Gingrich's campaign en masse Thursday.

Besides top campaign officials who served as Gingrich's brain trust, the former House speaker also lost his entire paid staff in a key early state, Iowa.

As NPR's Mara Liasson reported for the network's newscast:

Gingrich's entire staff in Iowa, his national consultants and his long time aide, Rick Tyler, have resigned.

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Mon June 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Rick Santorum Makes White House Bid Official: 'In It To Win'

Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who has cultivated a following among some social conservatives in his party, said Monday he was officially entering the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum never really gave politics watchers any reasons to doubt he would enter the wide open race for the GOP nomination. His interest in the White House has long been known though his resounding 2006 Senate re-election defeat at the hands of Democrat Sen. Bob Casey placed more than a little speed bump in front of those plans.

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Fri June 3, 2011
It's All Politics

John Edwards, An American Tragedy

John Edwards exits the 2008 presidential race as his family watches, January 30, 2008.
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Certain words and people seem made for each other. For John Edwards, the word must surely be tragedy, in all its dimensions.

When he first came on the national radar in the 1990s, it was for his success as a personal-injury lawyer who was able to win large judgments for his clients, the families of those injured or killed in medical or other accidents, the daily tragedies caused by negligence.

Then, when he ran for the U.S. Senate, most of us learned about the loss of his teenaged son Wade in a car accident. Incomprehensible tragedy.

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Thu June 2, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney, Making White House Bid Official, Offers Anti-Obama Case

"Barack Obama has failed America."

As that stark line from Mitt Romney's Thursday speech in which he officially announced that he is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination for a chance to unseat President Obama, the putatutive GOP frontrunner is doing what the challenger to an incumbent president does. You call the president a flop and try to make the race a referendum on his presidency.

Romney, appearing at a rally at Bittersweet Farm in New Hampshire, had at least three narratives of the Obama presidency aimed at different groups of voters.

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