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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7:11am

Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, shakes hands with his choice for running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Monday in in Manchester, N.H.
John Moore Getty Images

Two new polls come to much the same conclusion about the 2012 presidential campaign:

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1:08pm

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Roger Clemens Returns To Pro Baseball Saturday; Majors Next?

Roger Clemens in 2007, as he was throwing batting practice for the Houston Astros. Could he be back in an Astros' uniform next month?
David J. Phillip AP

The Rocket is going to be pitching again Saturday night.

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10:02am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:40 am

A notice on the door at the Hands of Our Future day care center in Dover, Del., which has been closed because employees allegedly had two 3-year-olds fight each other.
CBS Philly

It's tempting to make a "fight club" reference (and some news outlets have), but the outrageous nature of the allegations seems to call for a more straight-forward approach:

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9:03am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Rosie O'Donnell Had Heart Attack, Uses Verse To Spread News And Message

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:15 am

Rosie O'Donnell in July 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Rosie O'Donnell has chosen an unusual way to tell her fans that she suffered a heart attack last week:

In verse.

On her blog.

And she's using the experience to urge other women to "listen to the voice inside" and call 911 if they suffer the symptoms she did — which she tried to ignore for a day.

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8:24am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

In Afghanistan: General's Plane Damaged; Afghans Start Spying On Own Troops

An aircraft that had been set to fly Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey out of Afghanistan today was damaged by shrapnel from rockets fired at the Bagram air field north of Kabul from outside its fences.

Two maintenance workers on the ground were slightly wounded, NPR's Tom Bowman reports. Dempsey was not near the aircraft at the time. He later left Afghanistan on another plane.

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8:09am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Diana Nyad Ends Latest Bid To Swim From Cuba To Key West

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:21 am

Diana Nyad in the Florida Straits on Monday.
Christi Barli AFP/Getty Images

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has ended her third recent attempt to swim the 100 miles or so from Cuba to Key West, Florida, her official Twitter page says.

That word followed reports from ABC News' Good Morning America and CNN.

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7:23am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:47 am

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP
  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.

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1:51pm

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 9:20 pm

Saying that the comments "don't make sense to the American people" and were "way out there," President Obama just weighed in on the controversial remarks made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who said in a television interview that "if it's a legitimate rape," it's rare for a woman to get pregnant and therefore want an abortion.

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11:17am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Famed Augusta National Golf Club Adds First 2 Female Members

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:06 pm

The 16th green at Augusta National — framed by some of the course's famed azaleas — in 2001.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Breaking news from The Associated Press about a historic day for one of the nation's most historic sporting venues:

"For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

"The home of the Masters has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. Both women have accepted."

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10:57am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Scott McKenzie, Who Sang 'San Francisco' In The Summer Of Love, Dies

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:04 pm

Scott McKenzie, center, with the members of The Mamas and the Papas in 1967. John Phillips, far right, wrote San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). McKenzie died Saturday.
Worth AP

He sang a gentle song that became a hit and something of a theme song for 1967's "Summer of Love."

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10:24am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Hundreds Of Christians Hiding In Pakistan After Girl's Arrest

In the Islamabad slum where a Christian girl is accused of burning some Muslim verses, the gate to her family's home is locked and the people who live there have fled.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images
  • Lauren Frayer, on the NPR Newscast

"Hundreds of Pakistani Christians are hiding out at a priest's compound, praying for the safety of an 11-year-old member of their community" who is in police custody, NPR's Lauren Freyer reports from Islamabad. The Christians also fear their own safety.

The cause of anger directed toward them by some in the Muslim nation: The girl may have burned some Islamic religious materials. According to The Associated Press:

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9:28am

Mon August 20, 2012

9:07am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

'I Function Off Fear,' Said Director Tony Scott, Who Died Sunday

Tony Scott in a 2009 file photo.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • Neda Ulaby on 'Morning Edition'

The death Sunday of director Tony Scott, who appears to have jumped from a Los Angeles County bridge in what's being investigated as a suicide, has "shocked Hollywood and the fans of his memorable movies," as NPR's Neda Ulaby said earlier on Morning Edition.

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8:35am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Congressman Who Took Nude Dip In Sea Of Galilee Apologizes

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 8:40 am

Rep. Kevin Yoder.
Yoder.House.gov

Saying he apologizes for "any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents," Kansas Republican Rep.

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7:57am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

In Afghanistan, A Struggle To Stem Deaths From 'Insider Attacks'

Aug. 13: At Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley are carried during a dignified transfer. He was killed in a "green on blue" attack.
Mark Wilson Getty Images
  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson speaks with David Greene on 'Morning Edition'

The killing Sunday in Afghanistan of an American soldier in what officials say was the latest in a series of "green on blue" attacks by Afghans in uniform against coalition personnel was the 10th in just the past two weeks.

There have been "30 such attacks so far this year, up from 11 in 2011," The Associated Press writes.

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