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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6:19am

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Sandy: Latest News As The Worst Begins To Be Felt

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:18 am

Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
Seth Wenig AP

2:34pm

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Zapping Nuclear Waste With Laser Beams Could Actually Be A Great Idea

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:01 pm

This laser's just pretty, not powerful: Artist Yvette Mattern's laser rainbow in Whitley Bay, England, earlier this year.
Bethany Clarke Getty Images

"World's Most Powerful Laser Beams To Zap Nuclear Waste."

That Bloomberg Businessweek headline got our attention. We were imagining the explosion that might result.

But as it turns out, the zapping "could destroy nuclear waste and provide new cancer treatments," according to the story.

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11:43am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

No One Gets The Tour De France Titles Lance Armstrong Lost

Lance Armstrong, in the yellow leader's jersey, during the 2002 Tour de France. Now, there's no winner of that race or the six others in which he finished first.
Mike Powell Getty Images

Declaring that they have "listened to the world's reaction to the Lance Armstrong affair," leaders of the international governing body for cycling today said that no one will be awarded the seven Tour de France titles that have been stri

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10:42am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Italy's Berlusconi Given 4-Year Sentence For Tax Evasion; May Never Serve it

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

A court in Milan has convicted former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a charge of tax evasion and he's been given a 4-year prison sentence, The Associated Press and Reuters report.

But whether he will ever actually go to jail on the charge isn't yet known.

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9:27am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Several Dozen Killed In Afghanistan By Suicide Blast

Men mourn beside the bodies of victims from today's suicide bomb attack in Maymana, Afghanistan.
EPA /LANDOV

An explosion outside a mosque in northwest Afghanistan today killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens more.

From Kabul, NPR's Sean Carberry reports that witnesses have said a man approached on foot and then detonated a suicide bomb. It happened in Maymana, the capital of Faryab Province. Worshipers were gathering to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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9:05am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Some Clashes Despite Ceasefire In Syria

"Fighting raged near a military base in Syria's north as a ceasefire in the bloody civil war was supposed to go into effect Friday at dawn," activists tell The Associated Press, which says the news illustrates "the difficulty of enforcing even a limited truce coinciding with a Muslim holiday."

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8:35am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Economic Growth Picked Up Slightly In Third Quarter

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:31 am

A GM assembly line in Lansing, Mich.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

The U.S. economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

That follows growth (at annual rates) of 1.3 percent in the second quarter and 2 percent in the first.

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7:17am

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

If Sandy Becomes 'Frankenstorm,' It Could Be Worst In A Century

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:52 am

National Hurricane Center's "5-day forecast cone" at 2 p.m. ET today (Oct. 26).
www.nhc.noaa.gov

"We're not trying to hype it," National Weather Service meterologist Paul Kocin tells Bloomberg News. "What we're seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century."

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3:05pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Barbara Walters To Donald Trump: 'You're Making A Fool Of Yourself'

The Donald: His old friend Barbara isn't happy.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

From one friend to another:

TV icon Barbara Walters turned to the camera on ABC's The View this morning to tell developer/reality TV star/birther conspirator Donald Trump that "you're making a fool of yourself."

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1:11pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Unclaimed Jobless Benefits Far Exceed Fraudulent Claims, Study Says

Two people check job listings at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn. (March 2011 file photo.)
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Taxpayer-funded jobless benefits that shouldn't have been paid because of errors or fraudulent claims totaled about $11 billion in 2009, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

But the total amount of unclaimed benefits was nearly 10 times larger, economists estimate: $108 billion. They estimate that during the 2007-2009 recession, only about half of those eligible for them were collecting the benefits.

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12:03pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Will It Hold? Assad Regime Says It Agrees To Truce; Rebels Are Skeptical

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:21 pm

A message has appeared on the website of Syria's SANA news agency saying that the country's armed forces will halt military operations for four days, starting tomorrow.

On its face, that would appear to be acceptance of U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's plan for a truce during the Eid al-Adh holiday that Muslims begin observing on Friday.

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11:18am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Banned In China: Ai Weiwei's 'Gangnam Style' Video

Ai Weiwei, "Gannam style."
YouTube

10:46am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida's 'Mystery Monkey' Captured After Three Years On The Lam

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 11:21 am

The "mystery monkey," now known as Cornelius, while he was on the loose in 2010.
Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay Facebook page

The "mystery monkey" who had been on the loose in the Tampa Bay area for more than three years was captured Wednesday, our friends at WUSF report.

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9:07am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 23,000 Last Week; Durable Goods Orders Rose

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the company's factory in Everett, Wash. Orders for aircraft drove the increase in demand for durable goods last month.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 23,000 last week from the week before, to 369,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Claims have bounced around in recent weeks, in part because of some changes in the way at least one state reports its figures.

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7:59am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Colin Powell Endorses Obama Again

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on CBS This Morning earlier today.
CBSNews.com

Saying that "I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on" and that fellow Republican Mitt Romney has not "thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have," former secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell this morning endorsed President Obama's re-election bid.

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