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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12:42pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

CNN Camerawoman: Racial Taunts Aimed At Her Could Happen Anywhere

"This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," CNN camerawoman Patricia Carroll, in an interview with an institute that promotes diversity in the news media, says of the ugly racial taunts directed her way Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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9:12am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Fact Checkers Say Some Of Ryan's Claims Don't Add Up

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:02 am

Rep. Paul Ryan stretched some truths Wednesday night when he accepted the Republican Party's 2012 vice presidential nomination, according to the fact checkers who parse politicians' words for news outlets and independent watchdogs:

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8:07am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

In A Picture: Ryan's Speech Was Much Ado About Obama

Wordle.net

For those who like word clouds, here is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's speech Wednesday night at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, during which he accepted his party's vice presidential nomination.

This picture of how often he said something drew our eyes to:

-- "Obama." That would be the president, of course, who Ryan said has failed the American people.

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6:31pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

As It Happened: Wednesday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:37 am

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan waves with his family Wednesday at the GOP convention in Tampa. Also on stage: his daughter Liza, sons Charlie and Sam Ryan, wife Janna and mother Elizabeth.
Win McNamee Getty Images
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Hello from Tampa, where tonight Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and told the nation that if he joins Mitt Romney in the White House they will work to solve the nation's problems, not blame them on others.

"We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead," he said. "We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles."

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3:57pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

GOP Convention Switches On Web Appeal For Isaac Relief

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 6:06 pm

The website of the 2012 Republican National Convention this afternoon.
2012 Republican convention

As Isaac continues to pound the Gulf Coast from Louisiana east through Mississippi, Republicans gathered in Tampa for their 2012 national convention continue to strike a balance between going on with their politicking and partying while trying not to look indifferent to the suffering of others.

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2:13pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Love On Stage At The GOP Convention: Staffer Pops Question; She Says Yes

Bradley Thompson proposes to his girlfriend Laura Bowman on the stage of the Republican National Convention this morning in Tampa.
David Goldman AP

Awww:

Bradley Thompson, a production manager at the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, took the opportunity this morning to propose to his girlfriend, Laura Bowman. He popped the question right in front of the big on-stage screen — on which were the words "Laura Bowman, will you marry me" and some lovely photos.

From the kiss he got in return, it appears she said yes.

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1:26pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Is Clint Eastwood Going To Make Mitt Romney's Day?

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 1:31 pm

Clint Eastwood.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images for AFI

Thanks to Townhall.com's Guy Benson, one of the hotter stories of the morning here in Tampa seems to be that actor/director/American icon Clint Eastwood is reportedly coming to the Republican National Convention and may be the "to be announced" speaker on Thursday night's schedule.

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12:21am

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Takeaways From Tuesday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:38 am

Delegates showed their love for Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

If you missed some of Tuesday's action at the Republican National Convention, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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1:52pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

As It Happened: GOP Kicks Off Its Convention; Makes Its Case To The Nation

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 1:23 am

Texas delegates cheer as Romney is formally nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
Jae C. Hong AP
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With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.

Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.

We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.

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11:53am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Gov. Haley: Democrats's Attitude On Minorities Is Offensive

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:35 pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) after her sit-down with USA Today and Gannett editors in Tampa this morning.
Mark Memmott NPR

Saying that "it's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority" that Democrats portray the GOP as "the party that hates you" when they reach out to non-whites, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the case this morning that it's the Republican Party that minorities should be looking to join.

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8:36am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 10:09 am

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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5:25pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Herman Cain And His ABCs: He Sees Blacks Turning To The GOP

Herman Cain on Monday at the Tampa Convention Center.
Mark Memmott NPR

Why is one-time Republican presidential contender Herman Cain optimistic about the GOP bringing more African-Americans into its tent?

Because "a lot of people in this country have not realized or it does not get picked up in the polls [that] some black people can think for themselves," he said Monday afternoon. "They don't have to be told what to think and who to vote for and they are responding to the facts."

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2:21pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Officially, The Convention Has Begun; And The GOP's 'Debt Clocks' Are Running

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:31 pm

Within minutes after being turned on Monday, the GOP's clock measuring how much the national debt had grown was moving up quickly.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

With a bang of his supersized gavel, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just opened the 2012 GOP convention.

And moments later with another bang of the gavel he declared it in recess.

As we've reported, tropical storm Isaac convinced Republicans to delay the real start of their convention until Tuesday.

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1:37pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Turnout for Monday's protest rally and march in downtown Tampa was much lower than expected and rain drenched the crowd.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Organizers had predicted a turnout of thousands at a rally in a Tampa park Monday morning to protest Republican policies.

They ended up getting a better showing, as least early on, from the members of the media desperate to cover something — anything — on what was to have been the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

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11:58am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

McConnell's Message: On The Budget, The 'Missing Person Was The President'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:15 pm

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., checked out the Republican Convention stage in Tampa on Sunday. The backdrop is in honor of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died over the weekend.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Political conventions, even ones that have been delayed a day by a tropical storm, are all about getting a party's message out to the nation.

Minutes ago in the Tampa Convention Center, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky used a sit-down with USA Today and Gannett correspondents to restate one key argument Republicans have been making and will continue to make through Election Day:

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