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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8:00am

Mon October 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Herman Cain's Long Odds Get Lengthier After Sex Harassment Report

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 10:48 am

Herman Cain on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.

Chris Usher AP

It should have been another good weekend for Herman Cain. It wasn't.

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2:42pm

Fri October 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Criticized For Slow Motion, Climate-Change 'Flip Flop'

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 3:00 pm

Mitt Romney.

JIM WATSON AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney drew barbs Friday for his continued shift to the ideological right on the climate change issue.

Actually, the criticism for Romney that blew in from both the political right and left came as critics accused him of a full flip flop on global warming.

Romney's political foes jumped on comments he made in Pittsburgh Thursday at a campaign appearance.

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12:57pm

Tue October 25, 2011
It's All Politics

Rick Perry Offers Flatter Tax In Effort To Regain Traction

Because you can apparently never have enough flat-tax plans in a race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday officially introduced his own version.

That gives us two flat tax proposals in the GOP race, Perry's and Herman Cain's (all together now) 9-9-9 plan.

Actually, Perry's plan is not so much a flat tax as a flatter tax since he maintains some deductions and exemptions and even the current tax code for those who would prefer to use it.

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12:30pm

Mon October 24, 2011
It's All Politics

'It's All Politics' Comments Woes

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 10:53 am

We're aware that comments have not been posting on the It's All Politics blog.

At first we thought it was a hiccup that would self-correct. Now we realize it's far more significant than that. We have alerted the relevant technical miracle workers.

We hope the bug that has kept comments from appearing will soon be found and eliminated. Until then, there's always Facebook and Twitter as workarounds.

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10:36am

Mon October 24, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama's Executive-Power Use Shows He Still Holds Some Cards

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 12:22 pm

Auctioneer Eddie Burks calls out bids during a foreclosure auction in Las Vegas, April 2011.

Julie Jacobson AP

An advantage of being an Oval Office incumbent seeking re-election was readily evident Monday in President Obama's roll-out of his administration's latest effort to help struggling homeowners.

With many Americans either facing foreclosure and others, because of declining property values or much tighter lending standards, unable to refinance their mortgages to take advantage of lower interest rates, the Obama administration is doing extensive renovations of its current housing policies.

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