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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2:45pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:59 pm

Conrad Bain, with actors Todd Bridges (left) and Gary Coleman (right) in 1978 when they were starring on Diff'rent Strokes.
NBC Television Getty Images

He'll always be best known as "the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes," as The Associated Press writes.

Conrad Bain, 89, died Monday in Livermore, Calif., his daughter says.

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12:12pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama On Gun Violence: Americans Must Stand Up And Say 'Enough'

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:09 pm

President Obama at the White House today, with Vice President Biden in the background.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

At a White House event with children who wrote him letters after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today said the nation cannot wait any longer to do what can be done to reduce gun violence.

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11:13am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: French Troops Fighting In Mali, Foreign Hostages Grabbed In Algeria

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 7:32 am

CIA World Factbook

After five days of airstrikes aimed at Islamist rebels, French troops are engaged in their first ground battles with those forces in Mali, according to several news outlets.

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10:39am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Obama's Plan On Guns; Inflation Remains In Check

Good morning.

Sorry we're late with the roundup. We've had quite a few things to post about already today, as you can see:

-- Before Obama's Plan Is Out, NRA Calls Him An 'Elitist Hypocrite'

-- Inflation Rate Slowed Sharply In 2012; Prices Were Flat In December

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9:51am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Before Obama's Plan Is Out, NRA Calls Him An 'Elitist Hypocrite'

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:50 am

National Rifle Association
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports

8:51am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Inflation Rate Slowed Sharply In 2012; Prices Were Flat In December

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:21 am

The cost of a gallon of gas kept rising last year, but not at the torrid pace of 2010 and 2011. That helped keep inflation in check.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Consumer prices rose just 1.7 percent in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. That's about half the pace of 2011 — when prices went up 3 percent.

In December, BLS says, prices were unchanged.

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8:24am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Interior Sec. Salazar Is Latest Member Of Cabinet To Announce Departure

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:58 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to step down at the end of March, his office confirms to NPR's Jeff Brady.

Word of Salazar's plan broke over night. According to The Denver Post, the former senator from Colorado intends to "return to Colorado to spend time with his family."

As the Post writes:

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8:04am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Fireball, Panic As Helicopter Crashes In London

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:00 am

A firefighter walks toward some of the wreckage at the scene of today's helicopter crash in London.
Andy Rain EPA /LANDOV

7:39am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Blast Rocks Kabul; Dozens Wounded, Attackers Killed

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:57 am

Debris littered the street at the scene of today's attack in Kabul.
Sean Carberry NPR

Men wearing bombs strapped to their bodies and traveling in two vehicles carrying more explosives wounded dozens of civilians in Kabul today when they attacked a government security office, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from the scene.

Sean tells the NPR Newscast desk that the Taliban is claiming responsibility and that:

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7:16am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Chaos Expected As NYC School Bus Drivers Strike; 152,000 Students Affected

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:20 am

All locked up: School buses sat idle this morning in the Jamaica section of New York City.
Justin Lane EPA /LANDOV

It's been a rough morning for many parents and their children in New York City, where about 8,000 school bus drivers and monitors have gone on strike — meaning about 152,000 students had to get to school some other way.

According to The New York Times:

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3:33pm

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'NRA Practice Range' App Sparks Outrage, Questions

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:45 pm

A screen image from "NRA: Practice Range."
MEDL Mobile

The appearance Monday of a new iPhone/iPad app called "NRA: Practice Range" is causing controversy. Critics say release of the game one month after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was callous. And they're also incensed that it's tied to the NRA, which has pinned part of the blame for mass shootings on violent video games.

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12:08pm

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

House Set For 'Marathon Debate' On Sandy Aid; Final Vote Likely Tonight

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:39 pm

Shattered homes lined the beach front in Mantoloking, N.J., after Sandy tore through. The superstorm caused billions of dollars in damage to New Jersey, New York and surrounding states.
Tom Mihalek Reuters /Landov

Update at 7:35 p.m. House Passes Measure

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve $50.7 billion in aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The vote was 241-80; the measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take it up next week.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.

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10:59am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Latest Political Crisis: Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
Waqar Hussein EPA /LANDOV

"The news that the [country's] Supreme Court had called for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ran through Pakistan like an electric current Tuesday afternoon," The Christian Science Monitor writes from Islamabad.

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10:07am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart Offers Veterans Jobs, Expects To Hire 100,000 Over Five Years

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:28 pm

The scene in a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Va.
AP

Saying that "hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make," Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon confirmed this morning that the retail giant is launching a plan to hire more than 100,000 recently discharged veterans over the next five years.

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9:30am

Tue January 15, 2013

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