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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10:37am

Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

'Friends And Neighbors' Exception Part Of Deal On Gun Checks

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 1:52 pm

The scene at a gun show in Alabama last month.
Joe Songer AL.COM /Landov

We last updated this post at 1:50 p.m. ET:

Saying "this is a start and it's not the end of our work," Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia confirmed Wednesday morning that he and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have put together a bipartisan plan that they believe will "keep guns out of dangerous hands."

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9:30am

Wed April 10, 2013
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Anthony Weiner Is Eyeing A Return To Politics

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:50 am

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game in November 2012.
Elsa Getty Images

Just under two years after his once-rising political career went up in flames because of an extramarital sexting scandal, former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is plotting a possible comeback.

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Wed April 10, 2013

8:10am

Wed April 10, 2013
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Students Stopped The Stabbing Suspect At Texas College

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 1:19 pm

Dylan Quick, who is accused in the stabbings at Lone Star College, in a photo supplied to the news media Wednesday by the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff's Office.
Reuters /Landov

"My first thought was I need to go catch him."

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7:15am

Wed April 10, 2013
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8 For 8: Connecticut Wins Another Women's Hoops Title

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:28 am

Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart takes a shot during first-half action in the women's Division I NCAA championship game Tuesday night in New Orleans. She was the tournament's most outstanding player.
Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant MCT /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman on the women's championship

For the University of Louisville's Lady Cardinals, it just wasn't meant to be.

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6:48am

Wed April 10, 2013
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'Very High' Chance North Korea Will Soon Test Fire Missile

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:23 am

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea, its defense minister said as the U.N. warned of a potentially 'uncontrollable' situation. A Japanese soldier walks past a missile launcher deployed in Tokyo.
Toru Yamanaka AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's next provocative move — the test firing of a medium-range ballistic missile — could happen at any moment, according to South Korean officials.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that "the possibility of a ballistic missile launch is 'very high' and 'may materialize anytime from now,' South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se told lawmakers in Seoul today."

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1:11pm

Tue April 9, 2013
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Actor Who Played Satan Scoffs At Obama Comparison

Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani with an image of himself in character as Satan.
Abdeljalil Bounhar AP

"It's nonsense," Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani says of the fuss created by some conservative TV talkers who think Ouazzani was made to look as much like President Obama as he did Satan in The History Channel miniseries "The Bible."

Still, he tells The Associated Press that the notoriety is a good thing:

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10:49am

Tue April 9, 2013
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Charges Fly In Ky. Senate Race After McConnell Tape Surfaces

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:24 pm

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

An audio recording has surfaced of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides seeming to discuss whether they would use actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she challenged McConnell in 2014.

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9:44am

Tue April 9, 2013
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Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:35 am

Cher in 2011.
Danny Moloshok Reuters /Landov

What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?

#nowthatcherisdead

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Tue April 9, 2013

7:54am

Tue April 9, 2013
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Thatcher's Funeral Set For April 17

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:09 am

A Union flag flies at half staff over the Houses of Parliament, and next to the Big Ben clock tower, in honor of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday.
Luke MacGregor Reuters /Landov

British Prime Minister David Cameron's office announced Tuesday morning that "Lady Thatcher's funeral service will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral."

The "Iron Lady" — former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — died Monday in London following a stroke. She was 87.

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7:20am

Tue April 9, 2013
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North Korea's Warnings More Boring Than Alarming To Those In South

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:25 pm

Two women sit at a cafe Monday in central Seoul, South Korea. While North Korea has been issuing threats on a daily basis, many South Koreans say they're more bored than worried.
Lee Jae-Won Reuters /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': Frank Langfitt reports from Seoul

There were more ominous-sounding words from North Korea on Tuesday. Pyongyang warned tourists and foreign companies in South Korea to leave for their own safety because a nuclear war may be imminent.

It was the latest in a string of threats in recent days.

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6:51am

Tue April 9, 2013
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3 Things To Know About Louisville's Basketball Championship

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:00 am

The Louisville Cardinals celebrated after beating Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Mark Cornelison MCT /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': David Greene and Mike Pesca talk about Louisville's win

By beating Michigan 82-76 Monday night in Atlanta, Louisville won this year's Division I men's basketball championship.

In winning:

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2:04pm

Mon April 8, 2013
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Louisville Basketball Has A Rare Chance At A Double

In New Orleans on Sunday, the women from Louisville (in red) defeated California to reach the championship game against Connecticut on Tuesday.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Around midnight ET Monday, we should know whether something that's only happened once might happen again.

If the University of Louisville's men win the Division I basketball championship — they play Michigan in a game set to start at 9:23 p.m. ET on CBS TV — then there's a chance that this year both the men's and women's trophies will go to the same school.

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10:53am

Mon April 8, 2013
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'Independent Adviser' To Review Rutgers' Actions

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 11:36 am

Mike Rice, who was then Rutgers' men's basketball coach, during a game last season.
David Pokress Ai Wire /Landov

Rutgers University says it plans to have an "independent adviser ... conduct a review of the circumstances surrounding the men's basketball program as well as the procedures used to investigate allegations related to former head coach Mike Rice."

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