Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Home Sales Are Up, But So Are 'Contract Failures'

There was a 1.4 percent increase in sales of existing homes in October from September, the National Association of Realtors reported this hour.

At its 4.97 million annual rate, the pace of sales was up 13.5 percent from October 2010.

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8:27 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Penn State Taps Former FBI Director Freeh As 'Investigative Counsel'

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has been brought in to be a "special investigative counsel" for Penn State's internal look into how its officials handled reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky might have been sexually abusing young boys.

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8:06 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Speed Of Light Hasn't Been Broken, Second Set Of Scientists Says

Albert Einstein: His famous theory faces a challenge.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 3:40 pm

Full disclosure: We're not even close to being qualified to figure out who's right and who's wrong on this one.

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7:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Top Stories: No Debt Deal Likely; Suspect Arrested In Alleged NYC Bomb Plot

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 7:23 am

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6:50 am
Mon November 21, 2011

UC Davis Pepper-Spraying: Police Chief Put On Leave, Chancellor To Speak

In this image made from video, a police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
Thomas K. Fowler AP

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:56 am

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6:08 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Halman Stabbed To Death, Brother Arrested

"Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect," The Associated Press reports from Rotterdam. He died earlier today.

Halman, 24, is Dutch-born. In the past two years with the Mariners, he appeared in 44 games — hitting at a .207 average, with two home runs and nine runs batted in.

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5:45 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Death Toll Rising In Cairo After Crackdown In Tahrir Square

An Egyptian protester prepares to hurl a tear gas canister back at security forces as others run for cover earlier today in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 6:26 am

The death toll from three days of clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square has risen to at least 24, a morgue official tells The Associated Press. (Note at 8:25 a.m. ET: Earlier, the official told the AP that the toll was 35; now, he says 11 of the deaths were unrelated to the violence.)

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Superfailure Looks Likely; Then What?

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:28 am

The headlines this morning all say pretty much the same thing:

-- "Deficit Effort Nears Collapse." (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Debt Supercommittee Members Brace For Failure." (The Washington Post)

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Sun November 20, 2011

VIDEO: After Pepper-Spraying, A Powerfully Silent Protest At UC Davis

University of California Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi walked through a three-block long group of silent protesters Friday night after campus police used pepper spray on some protesters earlier in the day. There have been calls for her resignation.
http://www.youtube.com/lhfang86

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

NCAA To Examine Penn State's Sports Programs

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in September.
Justin K. Aller Getty Images

Saying it is deeply troubled by "tragic events" alleged to have happened at Penn State, the NCAA has told the school it is launching an examination of whether the university has "institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics program, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant ... personnel."

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The Two-Way
11:58 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Balanced Budget Amendment Falls Short In House

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 12:02 pm

A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution just failed to get the two-thirds majority vote in the House that's needed to move such a measure forward.

It was approved by a simple majority: 261 to 165. But for a two-thirds majority, at least 290 votes would be needed.

There are currently 434 House members (one seat is vacant). Of those, 242 are Republicans and 192 are Democrats.

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11:12 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Drummers Generate Loud Debate

The scene on Oct. 10 at one of the Occupy Wall Street drum circles in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.

Andrew Burton AP

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 11:30 am

"The defining sound of the Occupy Wall Street" protests in Manhattan, as Weekend Edition Sunday's Audie Cornish has said, is "the never-ending drum circle."

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9:43 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Perry Unveils His 'Cut, Balance And Grow Plan'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry at last week's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

John Gurzinski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 9:45 am

Saying that it "reorders the way they do business in Washington by reinventing the tax code and restoring our nation to fiscal health through balanced budgets and entitlement reform," Texas Gov. Rick Perry is this hour unveiling his "cut, balance and grow plan" on taxes.

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9:14 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Occupy Oakland Protest Broken Up By Police

"Oakland police arrested dozens of people at a plaza outside City Hall and at a second, smaller camp nearby early this morning, two weeks after the protesters launched efforts as part of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed and economic inequality," The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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8:38 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Consumer Confidence Back Down To Recession Level

A sharp drop in a widely watched gauge of consumer confidence has brought that key economic barometer to a low "last seen during the 2008-2009 recession," Conference Board director of consumer research Lynn Franco says in a report released by the private research group this morning.

The board says its consumer confidence index fell this month to 39.8, from 46.4 in September. Other measures of consumer sentiment, about current conditions and expectations, also declined.

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8:16 am
Tue October 25, 2011

All The Poop About The #no2trial Is Being Tweeted

If you need a break from the "real news:"

The Washington Post's Justin Jouvenal is "live-tweeting" from the so-called #no2trial today in Fairfax, Va.

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7:06 am
Tue October 25, 2011

What A Show! Northern Lights Seen Across Much Of Nation

The Northern Lights over Marquette, Mich., last night.

Courtesy of Shawn Malone/LakeSuperiorPhoto.com

From Alabama and Georgia north to the border with Canada, there are reports from all over the continental U.S. today about a fantastic show last night:

An intense geomagnetic storm that produced some of the best "Northern Lights" in recent memory, reports SpaceWeather.com.

Many folks are posting photos and videos. Here's one that the poster says was taken in Michigan.

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6:11 am
Tue October 25, 2011

VIDEO: 2-Week Old Girl Rescued From Rubble In Turkey

Though the death toll (more than 360) continues to climb and the chances of finding more survivors are dimming, there is this bit of good news about what's happening in eastern Turkey, where a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck on Sunday:

A 2-week-old baby girl, Azra Karaduman, was rescued today from the rubble of an apartment building.

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5:45 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Mundane Mixup Helps Rangers Take 3-2 Lead In World Series

A little too late: Pitcher Marc Rzepczynski of the St. Louis Cardinals is removed by manager Tony La Russa in the eighth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers. Earlier in the inning, Rzepczynski was mistakenly left in the game because of a miscommunication between LaRussa and his bullpen. And the pitcher gave up the game-winning hit.

Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 4:01 pm

If anyone asks you why the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last night to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series, tell them it was a missed call.

But it wasn't, as NPR's Mike Pesca said on Morning Edition, a mistake made by an umpire.

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5:00 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Gadhafi Buried, Location Kept Secret

Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Abdel Magid Al Fergany AP

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 7:17 am

The bodies of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and his son Muatassim were buried this morning in a secret location, according to officials of the local military council in Misrata, Libya.

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10:29 am
Mon October 24, 2011

#WeCantWait: Obama's Fans And Foes Take The Argument To Twitter

twitter.com

The news that President Obama and his team are going to make the case that "we can't wait" any longer for Congress (and in particular, his Republican opponents) to take action on his ideas about how to boost job growth has inspired much discussion on Twitter today.

"#WeCantWait" is, it seems, an almost perfect hashtag no matter which side you're on.

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8:53 am
Mon October 24, 2011

NPR's Michele Norris Stepping Away From Hosting Duties

NPR's Michele Norris.

Stephen Voss

Michele Norris, an All Things Considered co-host since December 2002, is stepping away from that post until after the 2012 presidential campaign because her husband has taken a senior position with President Obama's re-election effort.

She is not leaving NPR's airwaves, however. While she will not be involved in coverage of the 2012 election, Norris will continue to report and produce projects for the organization.

In a message just sent to NPR staff, Norris says:

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Mon October 24, 2011

WikiLeaks Suspends Operations, May Have To Close

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stood in front of a selection of inverted banking company logos as he spoke to journalists today in London.

Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Saying that "an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade ... has destroyed 95 percent of our revenue," WikiLeaks has suspended publishing operations and founder Julian Assange says it may have to shut down permanently by year's end.

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7:40 am
Mon October 24, 2011

'We Can't Wait,' Obama Says As He Unveils New Economic Initiatives

President Obama talked about jobs last week in North Chesterfield, Va.Â

Jay Paul Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 3:50 pm

Update at 5:42 p.m. ET. As expected, President Obama announced that his administration was easing the terms of a federal program that would open the doors for homeowners to refinancing their homes no matter how far underwater their mortgage is.

The AP reports that the Federal Housing Finance Administration "estimated an additional 1 million people would qualify. Moody's Analytics say the figure could be as high as 1.6 million."

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6:24 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Gadhafi's Death To Be Investigated, Transitional Leader Says

"Libya's transitional leader has ordered an investigation into the death of Moammar Gadhafi after the U.S. and other international powers pressed for the probe," The Associated Press reports. It adds that "Mustafa Abdul-Jalil told a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi that the Transitional National Council formed a committee to investigate the killing on Thursday, amid conflicting reports of how the dictator who ruled Libya for four decades died."

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5:49 am
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Ambassador Leaves Syria Due To 'Credible Threats'

Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria.

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

"The U.S. has pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad's government for the threats.," The Associated Press writes. "State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday that Ambassador Robert Ford returned to Washington this weekend after 'credible threats against his personal safety.' "

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5:20 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Napoli, Holland Are Names To Remember As Rangers Even Series At 2-2

Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland and catcher Mike Napoli celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in game four of the MLB World Series.

Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Pitcher Derek Holland gave up just two hits over 8 1/3 innings as his Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Sunday night and evened the best-of-seven World Series at two games each.

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5:50 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Pujols Has 'Greatest Night' Ever, Cards Lead World Series 2-1

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his third home run of the game — tying a World Series single-game record — Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. His team beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:02 pm

Three home runs. Five hits. Six runs batted in.

Sounds like what a Major League Baseball team might do on a typical night.

But that's what one guy — the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols — did Saturday evening against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the World Series. His heroics led the Cards to a 16-7 win and a two-games-to-one advantage in the best-of-7 fall classic.

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