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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7:16pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:14 am

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
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Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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6:54pm

Mon October 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Arlington Cemetery's Gravesites Now Searchable Online

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:42 pm

Headstones in Arlington National Cemetery last March. The new online database should make it easier to find specific graves.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Arlington National Cemetery, which has come under intense criticism in recent years because of unmarked graves, misplaced records and mishandling of some veterans' cremated remains, today launched an online database (and apps) that it hopes will allow "family members and the public to find gravesites and explore Arlington's rich history."

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5:23pm

Mon October 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Great Caesar's Ghost! Clark Kent Quits 'Daily Planet'

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 5:53 pm

Back in the day, Clark and Lois were news hounds. Would they be bloggers today? (George Reeves and Noel Neill, from the television series Adventures of Superman, circa 1955)
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Another reporter has quit the mainstream news business because he thinks there's too much emphasis on entertainment rather than old-fashioned reporting:

"In Superman issue 13, the Man of Steel's alter ego, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, quits the Metropolis newspaper that has been his employer since the DC Comics superhero's earliest days in 1940," USA Today says.

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4:32pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

One More Time: Here's Where To Get Debate 'Fact Checks'

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:06 pm

While President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are debating tonight in Boca Raton, Fla., the fact checkers at news outlets and independent organizations will again be busy.

So for those who want to know where to go for their truth squadding:

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3:43pm

Mon October 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Oldest Auschwitz Survivor, A Teacher Who Defied Nazis, Dies At 108

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:57 am

Antoni Dobrowolski during a 2009 interview.
TVB24

Antoni Dobrowolski, who was put in the Auschwitz concentration camp because he defied Nazi orders not to teach young Poles, has died. He was 108 and was the oldest known survivor of that World War II Nazi death camp.

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1:11pm

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Saying Moderator Is Prettier Than CNN's Crowley Gets Candidate In Trouble

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Democrat Richard Carmona, who is running for the Senate from Arizona.
Ross Franklin ASSOCIATED PRESS

As Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois was courting controversy last night by saying during a debate that the "health of the mother" isn't a reason for an abortion anymore, out in Arizona a Democratic candidate for Senate was stepping in it by telling a male debate moderator that "you're prettier" than CNN's Candy Crowley.

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11:07am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

What The ...? Tom Hanks Drops 'F-Bomb' On 'Good Morning America'

TMZ.com was on the story quickly.
TMZ.com

If we were asked to list actors who would be likely to slip up and drop the "f-bomb" on live, national TV, we don't think Tom Hanks would have come to mind.

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10:09am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Dipped In September, But Prices Rose

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:19 am

A "sold" sign in San Francisco in August.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 1.7 percent drop in sales of existing homes in September from August, the National Association of Realtors says.

But the median selling price compared to one year earlier was up for the seventh month in a row, leading NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun to say "we're experiencing a genuine recovery."

According to NAR:

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8:56am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Suspect In Libya Attack Denies Involvement, Is Living In Open

Sept. 11: The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was aflame after coming under attack.
AFP/Getty Images

Not only is Ahmed Abu Khattala saying he wasn't part of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but the man who witnesses and officials have said was "a ringleader" that night is living openly and "scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments," The New York Times reports.

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8:05am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama, Romney Trade Jokes; Critics Aim At Obama's 'Optimal' Comment

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama at the 67th Al Smith Dinner in New York City Thursday night.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images
  • Scott Horsley on the NPR Newscast

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, as predicted, took on the challenge of being funny last night at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City — which as we said Thursday has become a quadrennial must-stop on the campaign trail for those seeking the White House.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, they "added a laugh track to their campaigns."

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7:16am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Malala Stood For First Time Since Being Shot By Taliban, Doctors Say

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:20 am

Demonstrators in Islamabad at a protest earlier this week about Malala Yousafzai's shooting.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images
  • Larry Miller reporting

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who spoke out against the Taliban and was shot in the head by one of its gunman for her bravery, "has stood for the first time since her attack," ITV News, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.

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2:48pm

Thu October 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Second Federal Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 5:57 pm

Edith Windsor, whose case led to an appeals court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

The Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it discriminates against same-sex couples, a second federal appeals court has ruled.

NPR's Joel Rose reports that it took the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York less than a month to come to its decision. As he tells our Newscast Desk:

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2:09pm

Thu October 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Google's Stock Drops After Premature Release; 'PendingLarry' Goes Viral

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 3:05 pm

Google CEO Larry Page. What's he going to say now?
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Oops.

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12:39pm

Thu October 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Winter Outlook: Above Normal Temps In West; Below In Southeast

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 2:12 pm

Jan. 21, 2012: A winter scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. Snow may be a relatively rare sight this coming winter in the U.S.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Here are some of the details from the winter weather forecast released this morning by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center:

-- There are "enhanced chances for above normal temperatures across most of the western half of the lower 48 states."

-- The Florida peninsula is likely to experience "below-normal temperatures."

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12:15pm

Thu October 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Mississippi Queen: My Race Wasn't A Factor In Homecoming Title

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 12:21 pm

University of Mississippi Homecoming Queen Courtney Pearson, as she was escorted on to the football field last Saturday by her father, Cmdr. Kerry Pearson.
Robert Jordan UM Communications
  • Michel Martin talks with Courtney Pearson

Courtney Pearson just became the first African-American woman to be elected homecoming queen at the University of Mississippi.

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