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.



Tue May 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama Chooses Ex-Utility Exec, John Bryson, For Commerce Secretary

President Obama has chosen his new Commerce secretary. He's John Bryson, former chief executive of Edison International, the large Southern California electric utility.

By choosing Bryson, 67, who sits on the boards of Boeing and Walt Disney Co., the president appears to be sending another pro-business signal to corporate America.

Should Bryson be confirmed by the Senate, he would provide the president with another administration member well-connected to the U.S. business community.

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Mon May 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's New Mayor, Ushers In Post-Daley Era

Rahm Emanuel has a delicate problem to navigate on becoming Chicago's 55th mayor Monday.

If he were succeeding an administration of the opposing party he could, justifiably or not, blame his predecessor for all the problems he inherited. But Chicago is effectively a one-party town so that's out.

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Fri May 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Huckabee To Say Saturday If He Will Explore Presidential Run

Looks like we won't have much longer to wait to answer the question of whether Mike Huckabee, the folksy former Arkansas governor, will compete for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Huckabee will share his intentions on his Fox News Channel show Saturday evening.

There are strong reasons that argue for Huckabee to, at the very least, form an exploratory committee for a presidential run.

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Wed May 11, 2011
It's All Politics

GOP Freshmen Admit To Playing Politics, Ask Obama To Stop Doing Same

In a fascinating attempt to gain the political high ground, freshmen House Republicans have asked President Obama, and by extension, his fellow Democrats, to stop using what the GOP members call Medicare scare tactics to try and gain political advantage.

The plea for civility comes after Obama and other Democrats have pounded House Republicans for supporting a GOP 2012 budget proposal that would privatize the Medicare program for future seniors, forcing anyone under 55 to buy health coverage from private insurers when they become eligible for the benefit.

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Mon April 25, 2011
It's All Politics

Haley Barbour Decides Against White House Run, Doubts 'Fire In Belly'

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has decided against running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Barbour, long a member of the national GOP Party establishment as a one-time chair of the Republican National Committee chair, said he couldn't guarantee his supporters that he had the all-consuming "fire in the belly" it takes to wage the kind of campaign it takes to get the nomination, let alone to try and beat an incumbent president.

And whatever fire he did have might have been dampened by polls that gave him very little encouragement.

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