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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12:34pm

Mon March 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Tim Pawlenty Making Presidential Exploratory Committee Move

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is to make it official Monday afternoon that he's forming a presidential exploratory committee, which means he's getting closer to launching an all-out run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Pawlenty's Facebook and Twitter pages are alerting his followers to a "special message" scheduled for 3 pm ET.

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11:26am

Mon March 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama's Libya Moves Show His Freer Foreign Policy Hand, Rankling Congress

President Obama's ordering of U.S. military into action in Libya is yet the latest example of a feature of the U.S. presidency that it doesn't take a political scientist to see, that presidents can and do often act with a freer hand in foreign affairs and war-making than they can in domestic affairs, especially when control of Congress is divided between or totally in the hands of other parties.

And Congress is, of necessity, rarely happy about that.

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12:51pm

Fri March 18, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Gov. Walker's Collective Bargaining Law For Now

A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday to stop Gov. Scott Walker from implementing a new law severely limiting collective bargaining rights while she considers the merits of a challenge to the controversial legislation.

According to news reports, Dane Country Judge Maryann Sumi imposed the restraining order on the basis that a lawsuit against the law had a high likelihood of prevailing.

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10:59am

Wed March 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Haley Barbour's Challenge: Dropping Deep South's Baggage

Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi clearly appears to have some built-in advantages in the race for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

He knows better than most his party's inner workings, having served in key roles from his days in the Reagan White House's political operation forward.

Of course, strong and long ties to the party's establishment aren't necessarily positive for a candidate in a GOP with a strong anti-establishment movement like the Tea Party.

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6:14pm

Tue March 15, 2011
It's All Politics

House OKs Keeping Government Open 3 More Weeks; Unhappiness Reigns

House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House appear to agree on two things at least: the federal government shouldn't be shut down and funding the government via stopgap spending bills is no way to run a government.

Aside from that, they don't agree on much else. Which is why on Tuesday the House voted again to fund the government for three more weeks past Friday with a piece of legislation that would cut an additional $6 billion in spending. The vote was 271-158.

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