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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8:07am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Pope Resigning; Mississippi Recovering From Tornado

Good morning.

Today's top story broke just as our day began:

-- Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- Manhunt For Ex-L.A. Cop Continues; "Dorner's LAPD Firing Case Hinged On Credibility." (Los Angeles Times)

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6:55am

Mon February 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:49 pm

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

(Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.)

For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28.

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3:26pm

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Feeling #CoopedUp Or Having #FunInTheSnow? Share Your Blizzard Stories

Battling the wind in Boston on Friday, as the storm moved in.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

The snow is going to pile up in parts of the Northeast and New England this weekend.

Which means millions of people are going to be:

-- Cooped up with their loved ones for a day or two.

-- And/or having fun in the snow.

Here's what we'd like:

Tell us how things go in your home or what amazing things you see or do during what's expected to be quite a storm.

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12:14pm

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Clashes In Tunis At Funeral Of Opposition Leader

A protester, and riot police in the background, during the clashes Friday in Tunis.
Louafi Larbi Reuters /Landov
  • Eleanor Beardsley reporting from Tunis

"Police and mourners clashed at the mass funeral on Friday of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose assassination has plunged Tunisia deeper into political crisis," Reuters writes.

According to the wire service, "braving chilly rain, at least 50,000 people turned out to honor Belaid in his home district of Jebel al-Jaloud in the capital, chanting anti-Islamist and anti-government slogans."

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10:24am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Is Nemo A No-Go Name For You?

Watch out: Nemo's coming.
Eric Charbonneau PR Newswire

The blizzard that's barreling toward the Northeast and New England has been dubbed Nemo by the folks at The Weather Channel, who as we've reported before are taking it upon themselves to name winter storms.

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9:04am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Bush Family's Emails Hacked; Probe Underway

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 9:35 am

Former presidents George H.W. Bush (left) and George W. Bush at a 2010 World Series game in Arlington, Texas.
Matt Slocum/Pool Getty Images

A Smoking Gun report about the hacking of several email accounts belonging to members of presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush's family and some family friends has prompted a criminal investigation.

The Houston Chronicle says that Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed an investigation is under way, but declined further comment.

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8:39am

Fri February 8, 2013

8:14am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

50 Million People In Path Of Potentially Historic Blizzard

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:40 pm

Trying to stay warm, a woman in New York City hung on to her hood Friday.
Justin Lane EPA /LANDOV

(We'll be updating this post; most recently at 6:30 p.m. ET.)

Add up the populations in areas that the National Weather Service is warning will get at least 1 to 2 feet of snow starting Friday afternoon and you quickly see just how serious the situation will be.

About 50 million people are in the potentially historic storm's path.

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7:22am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Massive Manhunt Continues In Southern California

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:32 pm

In Big Bear Lake, Calif., officers searched Thursday for suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.
Bret Hartman EPA /LANDOV

(We'll be updating this post throughout the day; most recently at 12:30 p.m. ET.)

Police in Southern California were still searching Friday for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, who they say is the lone suspect in a series of shootings over the past week that have left three people — including a cop — dead. It's feared he is intent on killing more police officers in revenge for his firing from the L.A. police force four years ago.

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3:24pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Mr. Bean's Supercar Crash Racks Up $1.4 Million Repair Bill

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 10:15 pm

Rowan Atkinson (in character as Mr. Bean) in 2007.
Lisa Maree Williams Getty Images

Rowan Atkinson, the British comedian who's probably best known to Americans as Mr. Bean, is in the record books for something that's not all that funny.

According to reports from The Scotsman and other news outlets in the U.K., Atkinson's insurers paid 910,000 British pounds (about $1.4 million) to repair the McLaren F1 supercar that he wrecked in 2011. That's a U.K. record, newspapers say.

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12:51pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:28 pm

One of makeup artist Stuart Freeborn's best-known characters, Yoda.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

The makeup artist who gave Star Wars' Yoda and Chewbacca their out-of-this-world looks, and helped bring to life other memorable characters such as the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died.

Stuart Freeborn was 98. According to The Associated Press, his granddaughter Michelle Freeborn "said he died Tuesday in London from a combination of ailments due to his age."

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10:02am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Urges 'Humility'

President Obama speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Speaking at his fifth National Prayer Breakfast since taking office, President Obama said Thursday morning that the annual gatherings are always "wonderful." But he worries, Obama told the lawmakers and clergy gathered in Washington, D.C., that "as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast is forgotten ... on the same day as the prayer breakfast."

"It's like we didn't pray," he added.

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9:32am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

'Massive Manhunt' In Los Angeles For Ex-Cop Suspected In Killings

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:03 pm

Christopher Jordan Dorner. He's the suspect in two murders and the shooting of three police officers, one of whom has died. A manhunt is under way in and around Los Angeles.
Irving Calif. Police Department

A former Los Angeles police officer is the focus of a "massive manhunt" under way in that city because he's a suspect in a double murder last weekend and the shooting of three police officers early Thursday.

One of those officers has died.

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8:59am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Minnesota's Moose Mystery: What's Killing Them?

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 5:22 pm

On an April 2010 canoe trip to Knife Lake, Minn., Steve Piragis of Ely, Minn. was greeted by this bull moose. (Indentations on the moose's head indicated that he had shed his antlers.)
Sam Cook Courtesy of Duluth News Tribune

In northeastern Minnesota, moose are dying at an alarming rate and state officials are having difficulty determining why.

And though hunters are not part of the problem, the state announced Wednesday that there will be no moose hunting season this coming fall.

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8:57am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

366,000 New Claims For Jobless Benefits, Down Only Slightly

There were 366,000 first-time clams for unemployment insurance last week, down just 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

Of note: that number from the previous week — 371,000 — is an upward revision. A week ago, the agency estimated there had been 368,000 claims over that period.

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