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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7:19am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Family Research Council Attacker Could Face Terrorism Charge

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:41 am

The scene Wednesday morning outside the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., after the shooting.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Update at 11:35 a.m. ET. Charges Filed:

The man arrested for opening fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the Family Research Council on Wednesday faces charges of "assault with intent to kill" and illegal transportation of a gun and ammunition. He has not been charged with attempting a terrorist act.

In a statement emailed a short time ago to reporters, the Justice Department says:

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2:58pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hypersonic 'WaveRider' Failed

An artist's rendition of an X-51A WaveRider (in white) attached to the wing of a B-52.
Pratt & Whitney

An experimental aircraft that designers hoped would hit 3,600 mph in a test flight over the Pacific on Tuesday "suffered a control failure" and failed in its attempt to go hypersonic, The Associated Press writes.

Its report follows earlier word from Wired magazine's Danger Room blog that it had been told by an "insider familiar with the test" that:

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2:01pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Paterno 'Sobbed Uncontrollably' Day After Being Fired, Book Says

Joe Paterno on Nov. 8, 2011, the day before his firing.
Rob Carr Getty Images

The first excerpts are out from journalist Joe Posnanski's upcoming biography of former Penn State head football Joe Paterno.

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10:49am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Will E.T. Hear Us? Reply To 'WOW! Signal' Gets Beamed Into Space Today

The message is going out ... and out ... and out.
APEX/A. Hacar et al./Digitized Sky Survey 2/Davide De Martin ESO

9:26am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Teachers Return To L.A. School Where Two Were Accused Of Lewd Conduct

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 9:36 am

Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles.
Krista Kennell AFP/Getty Images

Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, where the entire staff was temporarily replaced last February after two teachers were accused of lewd conduct with students, opened for the 2012-13 school year on Tuesday with most of the instructors who had been displaced back in the classrooms.

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8:41am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Inflation Stayed In Check Last Month: No Change In July

There was no change in the consumer price index last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

It's the second month in a row that the index was flat — a sign that inflation remained in check for the first half or so of summer. Whether that trend will continue, however, is uncertain.

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8:15am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Campaign Trail: Biden's Comment About 'Chains' Sparks Controversy

By telling a racially mixed audience in Virginia on Tuesday that the Republican ticket's economic plans would "put y'all back in chains," Vice President Biden sparked the latest campaign controversy.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney called it an "outrageous charge" and said called on President Obama to "take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago."

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7:05am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Nellie Gray, Founder Of 'March For Life,' Dies

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 8:24 am

Nellie Gray, president of the March for Life Fund, at the March for Life rally near the White House in 2004.
Roger L. Wollenberg UPI /Landov
  • Nellie Gray: 'No one ... can legalize even a little bit of abortion'

Nellie Gray, who in 1974 helped start the annual antiabortion demonstration in Washington called March for Life that attracts thousands to the nation's capital, has died. She was 88.

According to The Washington Post, "Gene Ruane, a colleague, said that he found Miss Gray dead Monday in her Capitol Hill home and that the chief medical examiner will determine the cause and date of her death."

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1:50pm

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Actor Ron Palillo Dies, He Was Horshack On 'Welcome Back, Kotter'

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 2:40 pm

Actor Ron Palillo, best known as Arnold Horshack.
Todd Williamson Getty Images for TV Land

"Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Mr. Kotter!"

If you watched TV in the '70s, you probably recognize that line.

So it's with some sadness that we pass along word that Ron Palillo, the actor who played Arnold Horshack on ABC-TV's Welcome Back, Kotter, has died in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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12:58pm

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Multiple Suicide Attacks Cause Double-Digit Death Toll In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:01 pm

Suicide bombers struck in a normally peaceful area of southwestern Afghanistan today.

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10:31am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida's Biggest Python So Far Measured 17 Feet, 7 Inches; Had 87 Eggs

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 1:07 pm

Florida Museum of Natural History researchers at work on the record-long Burmese python.
University of Florida

She was about three feet longer than the distance from an NBA free throw line to the basket. She was a bit more than twice the height of many bedroom ceilings. You could park two Smart Cars beside her with a foot or so to spare.

Those are some ways to get a sense of just how big the biggest Burmese python discovered so far in Florida was.

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8:50am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose 0.8 Percent In July; More Than Expected

There was a 0.8 percent increase in retail sales in July from June, the Census Bureau says, thanks in part to gains in purchases of cars, furniture and appliances.

Overall, The Associated Press says, "all major categories showed increases, a sign that consumers may be gaining confidence." If that is indeed the case, it's good news for the economy. Consumers purchase about 70 percent of all goods and services.

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8:32am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

F-Bomb Added To Dictionary

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 11:45 am

March 23, 2010: Vice President Biden famously drops an f-bomb.
J. Scott Applewhite AP
  • Vice President Biden's March 23, 2010, f-bomb (we've bleeped it)

We expect that most folks won't need to look up the definition. But just in case, "f-bomb" now has its own entry in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

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7:56am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Unsealed Documents 'Hint At The Evidence' In Colorado Shootings

While a Colorado judge on Monday kept sealed most key documents in the case against Aurora movie theater shootings suspect James Holmes, the materials that have been made public do "hint at the evidence being marshaled," The Denv

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7:29am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Luxury Cars Do Poorly In New Type Of Crash Test

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 8:51 am

This type of crash is particularly deadly and the first set of cars tested generally didn't provide very good protection.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The first set of cars put through a new type of safety test did poorly even though they were "luxury and near-luxury cars" that should have the latest safety technology built in, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports today.

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