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 March 25, 2011
It's All Politics

Canada's Leader Harper Loses Historic No-Confidence Vote

Americans tend not to pay as much attention to Canadian affairs as they probably should.

So it will no doubt come as a surprise to many below the 49th Parallel that the Canadian government was in trouble.

That's actually putting it mildly. Canada's coalition minority government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper actually fell Friday, losing a historic no-confidence vote, requiring new elections that will likely be held May 2. It will be the fourth election in seven years.

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Thu March 24, 2011
It's All Politics

Will Michele Bachmann Run For White House? She'll Let Us Know

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has drawn significant attention lately because of her travels to places like South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire that will presumably play important roles in deciding who the Republican presidential nominee will be. (That New Hampshire trip didn't turn out so well, as you'll recall.)

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Wed March 23, 2011
It's All Politics

Healthcare Law At Year One: More Questions Than Answers

At the one-year anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Healthcare Act, perhaps the truest thing that can be said is the healthcare overhaul remains controversial and confusing.

Usually a year's passage brings greater clarity to an issue. But one year on it seems there are more questions than answers.

In part, that's because various pieces of the law take effect over several years. In part, it's because of the legal challenges likely to only be resolved when the Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of the law.

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