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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6:49pm

Wed April 6, 2011
It's All Politics

GOP Strategist Offers NPR Messaging Advice

You wouldn't necessarily expect a Republican messaging strategist to give NPR talking points to defend itself against the House Republican effort to defund the public radio network.

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11:07am

Wed April 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Too Close To Call, Recount Likely

It's the day after the election and the race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat that turned into a proxy battle between Republican supporters of Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic and union opponents is still undecided at this writing.

In an ostensibly non-partisan race, Justice David Prosser, the Republican incumbent backed by conservatives, had a small lead over Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg, the assistant attorney general who has union support. As of Wednesday morning, it appeared a runoff was inevitable.

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6:18pm

Tue April 5, 2011
It's All Politics

Wasserman Schultz Expected To Be DNC Chair; Tim Kaine To Run For Senate

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is expected to be named the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, NPR has learned.

Wasserman Schultz would succeed Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor, who has announced he will run for a U.S. Senate seat from his home state.

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11:21am

Tue April 5, 2011
It's All Politics

GOP Proposes, White House Snubs New Republican 2011 Spending Offer

Originally published on Tue April 5, 2011 9:21 am

The political fingerpointing continued apace Tuesday as the threat of a federal government shutdown appeared to grow.

Furthering an effort to pin a shutdown, if it happens, on Democrats, Republicans late Monday evening proposed a new short-term spending plan that would fund the government to the end of the 2011 fiscal year which ends in September. The proposal is on the House Appropriations Committee website.

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10:24am

Mon April 4, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama Re-Election Video Covers Key States, Demographics

Originally published on Mon April 4, 2011 8:24 am

A screenshot of Ed in North Carolina from President Obama's re-election announcement video.
Organizing for America

Colarado, Nevada, North Carolina, Michigan. These four states are political battlegrounds that will help decide whether President Obama gets a second term.

So Obama supporters from those states get plenty of face-time in the president's video, released Monday, that announced his re-election bid.

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