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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8:01am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

How Cold Is It? It's So Cold ...

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:20 am

Julie Caruso of Akron, Ohio, was wrapped up Tuesday as she waited in line for a White House tour. It was well below freezing in the nation's capital. Temperatures were even lower in other parts of the nation.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: Jean Cochran on the cold wave

As Mom would say, bundle up. If you go outside today just about anywhere from North Dakota east and south through the upper Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and up into New England, it's freezing.

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3:36pm

Tue January 22, 2013
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French Soldier's Skeleton Scarf Goes Viral, Military Launches Investigation

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:54 pm

This isn't the sort of picture of a French soldier that his commanders want to see. Photographer Issouf Sanogo says troops were protecting their faces from dust kicked up by a helicopter landing in central Mali on Sunday.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

The photo is quite striking, to be sure.

Agence France Press photographer Issouf Sanogo writes that when he was with French soldiers in central Mali on Sunday, "a helicopter was coming in to land and churning up tremendous dust clouds. Instinctively, all the soldiers grabbed their scarfs to avoid getting a mouthful of sand."

Sanogo started taking pictures.

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2:40pm

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Beyonce's National Anthem Was Pre-recorded, Marine Band Says

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:02 pm

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

Update at 6:14 p.m. ET. Backing Off?

Capt. Eric Flanagan, a spokesman for the United States Marine Corps, sent us a statement that seems to back off a bit from their earlier statements saying Beyoncé lip-synced her way through the National Anthem during President Obama's inauguration, yesterday.

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1:35pm

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

White House 'Welcomes' House Vote On Extending Debt Limit

White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Drew Angerer AFP/Getty Images

President Obama "welcomes" the plan by House Republicans to vote Wednesday on a three-month extension of the nation's borrowing limit, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, and "would not stand in the way of the bill becoming law." (The Hill)

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11:47am

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Prince Harry On Killing Taliban: 'Take A Life To Save A Life'

Prince Harry, known when on duty as "Capt. Wales," in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter while he was in Afghanistan last month.
John Stillwell/PA wire/pool EPA /Landov
  • Larry Miller reports for the NPR Newscast

"We fire when we have to," and sometimes that means you "take a life to save a life."

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10:19am

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Hit Five-Year High In 2012

A "sale pending" sign outside a home in San Francisco last August.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Though they dipped 1 percent in December from the month before, 2012 was the best year since 2007 for sales of existing homes, the National Association of Realtors reports.

It estimates that 4.65 million previously owned homes were sold last year, up 9.2 percent from 2011 and the most since 2007's 5.03 million.

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8:56am

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Petraeus Affair: Jill Kelley Says She And Paula Broadwell Weren't 'Romantic Rivals'

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:58 pm

Jill Kelley outside her home in Tampa last November.
Tim Boyles Getty Images

We're hearing for the first time today from one of the people caught up in the story that led to retired Gen. David Petraeus' resignation from the post of CIA director last November.

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8:19am

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Frigid Weather; Debt Ceiling Vote

Good morning

Monday's presidential inauguration continues to dominate the news. If you want to see how the day played out, check the live blogging we did. For all of NPR's coverage, click here.

Meanwhile, we've started our day with news about the big freeze:

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7:36am

Tue January 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Brrr! 'Dead Of Winter' Sets In; Coldest Air In Nearly Two Years

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:57 am

Those deep blues and purples are where it's going to be really cold today.
National Weather Service

It felt like -51 degrees Fahrenheit in Langdon, N.D., on Monday and brutal wind chills like that are going to continue across northern states as winter really sets in.

Even in the "warmer" places, it's not going to feel like it's much above zero for the next few days. And "lake effect" snows are expected to pile up around the Great Lakes.

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2:24pm

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

'Not Going To See This Again': Obama's Poignant Pause To Look Back At Crowd

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:36 pm

President Obama, as he paused to look back at the crowd before going into the Capitol.
C-SPAN.org

As he walked up the steps and back into the Capitol today following his inaugural address, President Obama paused and turned around to look back.

"I want to take a look," he could be heard saying, because "I'm not going to see this again."

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8:58am

Mon January 21, 2013
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As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 7:25 pm

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.
Alex Wong Getty Images
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Calling on Americans to "answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom," President Obama used his second inaugural address to push for action on the nation's problems and to say that partisan politics should not get in the way of pragmatism.

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7:48am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Katie Couric Lands Manti Te'o 'Exclusive'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 9:09 am

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o before the BCS National Championship game against Alabama on Jan. 7 in Miami.
Marc Serota UPI /Landov

The big "get" goes to Katie Couric.

While Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o has spoken to ESPN — and said he did not participate in the hoax about a "dead" girlfriend who turned out to be neither real nor dead — that wasn't on camera or recorded.

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7:32am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Inauguration Day; 'MLK' Day; And The Super Bowl Is Set

Good morning.

It's Inauguration Day in the U.S., and that's going to require much of our attention today. But as always, there is other news.

Our early headlines:

-- Join Us For Coverage Of Inauguration Day; Here's The Schedule

-- Reports: Death Toll In Algeria At 80

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7:07am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Death Toll In Algeria At 80

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:54 pm

Smoke rose Sunday during demining operations at the gas plant in eastern Algeria that Islamist militants attacked last week.
Louafi Larbi Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:50 p.m. ET: Three Americans Were Killed, State Department Says (See Statement Below).

Our original post:

As feared, the reports from Algeria about the number of people killed during last week's hostage crisis at a gas plant are getting grimmer.

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6:37am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Super Bowl Will Be A Family Affair: Harbaugh Brothers' Ravens, 49ers To Clash

Head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) of the San Francisco 49ers and his brother, head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, before a game on Thanksgiving Day 2011. Their teams will meet again in the Super Bowl.
Rob Carr Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Mike Pesca on the Ravens' win

Super Bowl XLVII will be a never-before matchup of teams coached by two brothers.

The Baltimore Ravens, led by John Harbaugh, will play his younger brother Jim's San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

Maybe it should be called the Harbowl, as they're saying on NFL.com.

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