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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7:32am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Done In A Day: China Wraps Up Murder Trial Of Once-Prominent Politician's Wife

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 9:10 am

Gu Kailai during today's trial at the Hefei Intermediate People's Court. (Screen image from Chinese TV.)
Reuters /Landov
  • Frank Langfitt on 'Morning Edition'

As we said two weeks ago, China's state-controlled media had already concluded that Gu Kailai was guilty of murder even before any sort of a trial.

Today in central China the wife of once-prominent politician Bo Xilai got her day in court.

Literally.

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3:21pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Sweet Story: Bear Breaks Into Candy Shop, Feasts; Camera Captures It All

The bear burglar.
Estes Park News

So, a bear walks into a candy shop.

No, we're not starting a bad joke.

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12:17pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Was It? July Was Warmest Month On Record For U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 1:14 pm

Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

11:24am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

After Being Shot By Police, Sikh Temple Gunman Killed Himself, FBI Says

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:23 pm

Wade Michael Page, the man authorities say killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, appears to have "died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson told reporters in Milwaukee this morning.

After a Oak Creek, Wis., police officer shot Page in the stomach, she said, video from the scene appears to show Page taking his own life.

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10:38am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Wisconsin Teen Looks To Repeat As Texting Champ, FAWC

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 7:02 pm

A closeup from the 2007 competition.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Update at 5:11 p.m. ET. Back-ToBack:

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9:48am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

For Sikhs, 'Anger Is Not Just Futile, It's A Sin'

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:06 am

Mourners gathered Tuesday night in Oak Creek, Wis.
Darren Hauck Getty Images
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Swaranjit Arora.

Sunday's attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, which left six people and the gunman dead, has for many of us opened a window on a religion, a culture and a people we know little about.

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8:53am

Wed August 8, 2012

8:30am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Flooding In Philippines Forces 400,000 To Evacuate; 16 Deaths Reported

A man paddled an improvised raft along a flooded street in suburban Manila earlier today.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

The scope of the flooding in Manila and other parts of the Philippines due to torrential rains in recent days is daunting.

According to the country's disaster response agency:

-- 1.2 million people are in affected areas.

-- Nearly 400,000 have fled to evacuation centers or homes of friends or relatives.

-- At least 16 deaths have been attributed to flooding or landslides.

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7:21am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Situation In Sinai Is 'Extremely Dangerous' As Egypt Moves Against Militants

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 8:27 am

In Cairo on Tuesday, Egyptian Army military policemen carried the coffin of one of the 16 border guards killed during an attack on a crossing post in the northern Sinai on Sunday.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Leila Fadel on 'Morning Edition'

The news that Egypt's military has attacked groups of what it says are "Islamist militants" in the Sinai with missiles from aircraft and shells fired from tanks underscores how "extremely dangerous" the situation has quickly become along that nation's border with Israel, NPR's Leila Fadel said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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1:34pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Once Again, A Call To Remember The Victims; This Time In Wisconsin

In Brookfield, Wis., on Monday members of a Sikh community held a candle-light vigil for those who were killed and injured.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

After the July 20 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., there were calls to focus as much or more on the victims and their stories as on the gunman.

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11:39am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

British Bank Denies Laundering Iranian Money; Say It's Not A 'Rogue Institution'

  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Jim Zarroli on 'Morning Edition'

As its stock tumbled today following word that New York State regulators have labeled it a "rogue institution" that allegedly hid about 60,000 secret transactions involving $250 billion in Iranian funds, Britain's Standard Chartered Bank strongly denied the accusations.

It "rejects the position or portrayal of facts as set out in the order," the bank said.

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10:30am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

One Clue To Romney's Veep Pick: Whose Wiki Page Is Getting The Most Edits?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 7:46 am

Wikipedia's entry for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Is today's activity there a clue to Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick?
Wikipedia

Tech President reminds us that one way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders' Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.

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10:18am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies, Family Spokesman Says

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 11:04 am

Marvin Hamlisch in 1979.
Evening Standard Getty Images

"Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting and won a Tony for A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at the age 68," The Associated Press reports.

According to the wire service:

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8:57am

Tue August 7, 2012

8:21am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens Sickened By Fumes From Refinery Fire Near San Francisco

Smoke poured from the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. Here, the plume rises behind Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg AP

"Shelter-in-place" warnings have been lifted for people living downwind from a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., where a large fire that started Monday evening "sent thick black smoke wafting" over areas around San Francisco and Oakland, the Contra Costa Times reports.

According to the newspaper, authorities say the blaze is now contained.

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