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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1:22pm

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Live Blog: President Obama's News Conference

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:44 pm

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
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  • Listen to NPR Coverage of the News Conference

Eight days after his re-election — with the fiscal cliff looming, questions being raised about the deadly attack on the U.S.

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9:57am

Wed November 14, 2012
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Hamas Military Chief Killed By Israeli Airstrike, Reports Say

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:13 am

A car hit by one of today's airstrikes in Gaza City.
Ali Hassan Reuters /Landov

Update at 3 p.m. ET. At Least 10 Dead; Israel Issues More Warnings:

As we've been reporting, Israel hit targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip today with multiple airstrikes. The Associated Press says at least 10 people were killed. Among them was Ahmed Jabari, the commander of Hamas' military wing.

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9:39am

Wed November 14, 2012
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Reports: Pelosi Wants To Remain Democratic Leader In House

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 10:31 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET. Pelosi Confirms:

Saying that she wants to work on "empowering women .... growing the economy ... [and] a healthy political climate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California just confirmed that she intends to remain as leader of the Democratic caucus in the House.

Pelosi, who was first elected to Congress in 1987, is the only woman to have served as speaker of the House (from 2007 to 2011).

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8:49am

Wed November 14, 2012
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Should Petraeus Scandal Be A Big Topic At Obama's News Conference Today?

President Obama at the White House last week.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Eight days after his re-election, President Obama today holds his first full-scale news conference in the East Room of the White House since March.

It's safe to think that the White House had hoped the focus would be on subjects such as the fiscal cliff, taxes, the economy and the president's thoughts on what he can get accomplished in his second term.

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7:47am

Wed November 14, 2012
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Panetta: Don't Leap To Conclusions About Gen. Allen

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:24 pm

Then-Army Gen. David Petraeus (left) and Marine Corps Gen. John Allen in August, 2011.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
  • Journalist Tom Ricks talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'

"No one should leap to any conclusions" about whether the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan did anything inappropriate when he was communicating with a Tampa socialite, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today.

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1:46pm

Tue November 13, 2012
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Prince Charles Doesn't Order Seven Eggs And Eat Just One, Palace Says

Prince Charles does like eggs, but he doesn't insist on being able to choose from among many, the palace says.
Michael Dunlea PA Photos /Landov

Weird headline, right? But in case you were wondering, Britain's royal website says:

-- Prince Charles has not asked that seven eggs be boiled for his breakfast, only to eat just the one that pleases him most. He's never done that "at breakfast or any other time."

-- His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, "gave up smoking many years ago."

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12:43pm

Tue November 13, 2012
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'Washington Post' Editor Steps Down; 'Boston Globe' Editor To Fill Job

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 12:49 pm

Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

The Washington Post just announced that executive editor Marcus Brauchli is leaving that position to "become vice president of The Washington Post Company with responsibility for evaluating new media opportunities."

His successor has already been hired: Martin Baron, editor of the Boston Globe, will move to the Post on Jan. 2.

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11:10am

Tue November 13, 2012
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Cleveland's Convicted Idiot Finishes Punishment; Says She's Learned Lesson

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 10:50 am

On Wednesday, Shena Hardin  held her sign of shame higher — as the judge said she should.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer /Landov

Update at 9 a.m. ET, Nov. 14: "It's A Learning Lesson ... I'll Move Forward."

Shena Hardin, the Cleveland woman ordered to stand on a street corner with a sign saying she was in idiot for driving on a sidewalk to get past a stopped school bus, finished that two-day punishment this morning and issued a statement saying she's learned a lesson.

As Cleveland's 19ActionNews reports, Hardin:

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10:12am

Tue November 13, 2012
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Second General Getting Snared In Petraeus Scandal Is 'Mind-Boggling'

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 4:36 pm

Marine Gen. John Allen.
Alex Wong Getty Images
  • NPR's Tom Bowman and Carrie Johnson, on 'Morning Edition'

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET: The Associated Press just moved a "bulletin" saying that according to a "senior defense official" the emails between Gen. John Allen and Jill Kelley were "flirtatious."

Update at 4:33 p.m. ET: NPR's Tom Bowman reports that U.S. officials tell him Paula Broadwell sent Gen. Allen messages warning him about Kelley. Allen, in turn, warned Kelley about those messages.

Our original post:

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8:40am

Tue November 13, 2012
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Top Stories: Petraeus Affair Widens; More Air Strikes In Syria

A picture taken from the adjacent Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar shows people running in front of smoke after a Syrian aircraft bombed the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain earlier today.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Good morning.

Earlier, we posted a guide to "who's who and what's what" in the Petraeus affair.

As for other stories making headlines, they include:

-- "Residents Flee Air Strikes On Syria Border Town." (Reuters)

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8:01am

Tue November 13, 2012
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Petraeus Affair Widens: Who's Who & What's What? Here's A Guide

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:31 pm

Then-Gen. David Petraeus in mid-2011, just before he became CIA director.
Barbara Sax AFP/Getty Images

Feb. 19, 2013: See our note below about Gen. John Allen.

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2:29pm

Mon November 12, 2012
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Abbie Evans, Who Cried About 'Bronco Bamma,' Seems Happy With His Win

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 6:45 am

Abigael Evans, looking happier after the election.
Elizabeth Evans video on YouTube

All is well, it seems, with 4-year-old Abigael Evans of Fort Collins, Colo.

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12:54pm

Mon November 12, 2012
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Voice Of Elmo On Leave To Confront 'Unsubstantiated' Allegations

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:46 pm

Puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Update on Nov. 13 at 5:43 p.m. ET. The man who accused Kevin Clash of having sex with him while he was underage has recanted his testimony. We've added a separate blog with the details.

Our Original Post Continues:

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10:55am

Mon November 12, 2012
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Israel Reports 'Direct Hits' On Source Of Mortar Fire From Syria

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:11 am

An Israeli armored vehicle at the entrance of Tel Hazeka Israeli army base in the Golan Heights on Sunday.
Jini Xinhua /Landov

Some of the latest news on the conflict in Syria:

-- Israel Fires Back. "Israeli troops fired tank shells into Syria on Monday in retaliation for a mortar round that struck near an army post in the Golan Heights, scoring 'direct hits' on the source of the fire, the [Israeli] army said." (Al-Jazeera)

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10:05am

Mon November 12, 2012
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Woman In Petraeus Affair Spoke About Having Access To Classified Information

Paula Broadwell in July 2011.
ISAF Reuters /Landov

Paula Broadwell, the woman whose extramarital affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation Friday from the post of CIA director, is a major in the Army Reserve who specializes in counterterrorism issues. She's also the author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, a biography of the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

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