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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12:11pm

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Newtown Killings Shift Public's Attitude On Guns?

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 10:22 am

A gun shop in Glendale, Calif.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

If recent experience is a good guide, public opinion may not shift too much.

Pew Research Center writes that:

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7:56am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Other News: Egyptians Vote; Assad's Forces Fight Back

In Cairo earlier today, a man dips his finger on an ink pad so that he can mark having voted during a referendum on the new Egyptian constitution.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

We continue to follow the tragic news from Newtown, Conn., about Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school.

There is, of course, other news:

-- "Some Polling Issues As Egyptians Vote On Draft Constitution." (NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson)

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7:30am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

'We Have Endured Far Too Many Of These Tragedies,' President Says

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 8:21 am

Flags were were lowered to half-staff at the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings after Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

President Obama focuses on the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in his weekly radio/Web address. His message echoes the emotional comments he made to the nation Friday afternoon.

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7:06am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

In Connecticut: Prayers, Grief, Questions And Stories Of Heroism

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 5:46 am

Parishioners attend a prayer service at Saint Johns Episcopal Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

12:31pm

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Murder Him? 'I Barely Saw Him,' McAfee Says Of Neighbor

John McAfee in Miami on Thursday.
Paula Bustamante AFP/Getty Images

If you're fascinated by the story of anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee and his flight from Belize after authorities there said they want to talk to him about a neighbor's murder, CNBC has abo

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11:20am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Tragedy In Connecticut: 20 Children, 6 Adults Killed At Elementary School

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:36 am

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a shooting there Friday.
Shannon Hicks Newtown Bee/AP

9:57am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

'We've Got Bigger Fish To Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers, Obama Says

A woman, identified only as "Hurricane," lights up in Seattle. Washington state's law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect on Dec. 6.
Cliff Despeaux Reuters /Landov

It looks like the feds will not be worrying much about those folks who choose to smoke pot in Colorado and Washington state, where new laws decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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9:30am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

'Manufactured Charges' Maligned Her Character, Rice Says

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

"In recent weeks, new lines of attack have been raised to malign my character and my career. Even before I was nominated for any new position, a steady drip of manufactured charges painted a wholly false picture of me."

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9:10am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Missiles For Turkey; Inflation In Check; Egypt Prepares To Vote

A supporter of the opposition to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was playing soccer near a Republican Guard tank earlier today outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Egyptians are being called to vote over the next two weekends in a referendum on a draft constitution.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

8:48am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Inflation Is In Check; Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent In November

Sign of the times: Markdowns at a discount clothing store in New York City last month. Such stiff competition for consumers' dollars is helping to keep inflation in check.
Spencer Platt Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Does The CPI Need A Fix?

A sharp drop in the cost of a gallon of gasoline helped pull consumer prices down 0.3 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

According to BLS, gas prices plunged 7.4 percent last month.

Excluding the food and energy sectors, the so-called core rate of inflation rose just 0.1 percent.

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8:10am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

In Repeat Of Disturbing News, Man With Knife Attacks School Children In China

Wei Jingru, one of the students injured in today's attack, is being treated at a hospital in central China's Henan Province.
Li Bo Xinhua /Landov
  • NPR's Louisa Lim on the NPR Newscast

Twenty-two children and one adult are reported to have been injured at a school in China today by a man wielding a knife.

It happened in a village about 500 miles south of Beijing. As NPR's Louisa Lim tells our Newscast Desk, the attack is the latest of what has been a disturbing series of such incidents in recent years.

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7:23am

Fri December 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Crisis: Turkey Getting Patriot Missiles, Some U.S. Troops To Operate Them

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 9:12 am

A U.S. Army Patriot Surface-to Air missile system on display in South Korea.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

"The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from a potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday." (The Associated Press)

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4:20pm

Thu December 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Error Of The Year: CNN And Fox News Share The Dishonor

Poynter.org

We didn't make the list, and boy are we glad.

CNN and Fox News share the shame of the Poynter Institute's "error of the year" for mistakenly telling their audiences that the Supreme Court had struck down Obamacare.

In truth, the court had done the opposite.

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4:08pm

Thu December 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Ambassador Rice Asks Not To Be Considered For Secretary Of State

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 4:23 pm

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
Allison Joyce Reuters /Landov

Moving to withdraw her name from among those being considered to be the next secretary of state, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has told President Obama she does not want to be nominated.

The White House just released a statement from the president that says, in part:

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1:17pm

Thu December 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Soar In Gaza Of Fragrance Named For Rocket Fired At Israel

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 8:50 am

Bottles of M75 on sale at a shop in Gaza City. The fragrance is named for the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel.
Ashraf Amra APA /Landov

Before anyone else does, we'll make the "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" reference that comes to mind when you read this:

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