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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8:01am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: After Trade, Ichiro Says Sayonara To Seattle With Hit As A Yankee

Now batting for the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Baseball fans love perfect moments.

-- Babe Ruth hitting his "called shot."

-- Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat (and not tipping his cap).

-- Willie Mays and "the catch."

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7:22am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Murdoch Editors Face Criminal Charges In U.K. Phone Hacking Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 8:05 am

Rebekah Brooks, who has now been charged in the phone hacking scandal.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Two former top editors at News Corp.'s now defunct News of the World tabloid in the U.K., including a man who later became a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, now face criminal charges related to the so-called hacking scandal.

The BBC writes that "eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face a total of 19 charges relating to phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service" announced today. Coulson, after leaving Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., worked for Cameron.

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2:35pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Ochocinco Is Oh So Over; NFL Player Officially Goes Back To His Old Name

The then-Chad Ochocinco when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. He had changed his name the year before. Now, he's back to being Chad Johnson.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Chad Ochocinco has been deep-sixed.

After unofficially changing his name (but not his @ochocinco Twitter handle) back to what it used to be, the Miami Dolphins' No. 85 officially once again became Chad Johnson today.

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1:33pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Message To Syria: You Can't Use Chemical Weapons On Foreigners, Either

Headlines today about one of the latest statements from the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad have tended to focus on the news that a spokesman says the government would never use chemical or biological weapons against its own people.

The stories take two angles: One, that this confirms Syria has such weapons; two, that it's good the regime says it won't use them on civilians.

Of course, the regime has also pledged to abide by a ceasefire brokered by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and in the ensuing weeks the bloodshed in Syria has continued.

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10:27am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Stocks Are Sliding On Fears About Europe, Other Worries

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 3:16 pm

Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street this morning as traders reacted to word that Europe's debt crisis may be deepening and that China's economy may slow, Bloomberg News says.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 200 points, or a little less than 2 percent, after an hour of trading. Other indices were also off.

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9:19am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Penn State Fined $60M, Banned From Bowls, Wins From 1998 On Vacated

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 5:19 pm

Before its removal from outside the school's football stadium on Sunday, a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno was covered. An independent report concluded he was among top university officials who failed to act when they learned that Jerry Sandusky might be sexually abusing young boys.
John Beale AP

Saying that the punishment is "warranted by the conspiracy of silence" among Penn State University's top leadership that turned a blind eye to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys, the NCAA just announced sanctions on the school that include:

-- A $60 million fine. The money will go into an endowment fund to support programs around the nation that assist victims of sexual abuse, NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

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8:52am

Mon July 23, 2012

8:22am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens Dead After Iraq's Bloodiest Day This Year

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 8:31 am

In Baghdad's Sadr City district, the view through a vehicle that was destroyed in one of today's attacks.
Karim Kadim AP

The death toll keeps rising and is now said to be around 100 after a series of bombings and shootings today in Iraq. More than 200 people were wounded in what appear to have been coordinated attacks in at least 13 cities. According to The Associated Press, it has been that nation's "deadliest day so far this year."

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7:57am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

13 Reported Dead, 10 Injured When Pickup Crashes In Texas

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 8:02 am

A pickup truck overloaded with 23 men, women and children who authorities suspect were in the country illegally crashed Sunday in south Texas. There are reports now, from KSAT-TV in San Antonio and other local news outlets, that 13 people are dead and 10 injured.

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7:28am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

If Not For Jammed Gun, Officers' Sharp Eyes, More Might Have Died In Aurora

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 2:43 pm

James Holmes, in an Arapahoe County, Colo., court on Monday.
KUSA-TV
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee

A dazed-looking James Holmes, his hair dyed a reddish orange, made his first court appearance this morning as the state of Colorado began its case against the man arrested at the scene of Friday's massacre in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and an additional 58 were wounded.

It was a short hearing in an Arapahoe County, Colo., courtroom, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. He'll be formally charged next Monday, the judge announced.

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11:04am

Sat July 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Other Top Stories: Ferry Accident In Tanzania; More Fighting In Syria

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 12:22 pm

While the shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., is dominating the news today, there are other headlines:

-- "146 Presumed Dead In Tanzania Ferry Accident." (The Associated Press)

-- "Syrian Forces Battle Rebels In Aleppo." (Reuters)

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9:23am

Sat July 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Aurora Rampage Joins Grim List Of Worst Mass Shootings

A memorial outside the movie theater in Aurora, Co., where 12 people died and about 58 were wounded by a gunman early Friday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

When tragedies happen, comparisons are always made to past events. It's become part of the news coverage of the Aurora, Colo., theater rampage to refer to it as "one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history," as The Associated Press says.

The wire service has a list — "Some of the world's worst mass shootings" — that includes many that happened in the U.S.:

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8:18am

Sat July 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Aurora Suspect: A 'Smart And Quiet Man' Who Allegedly Hid A 'Deadly Plan'

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 1:35 pm

A photo of James Holmes released by the University of Colorado Denver.
University of Colorado Denver

The Denver Post continues to dig into the life of James Eagan Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in the shooting rampage Friday in Aurora, Colo., that left at least 12 people dead and about 58 wounded.

Friday, as Eyder wrote, an image emerged of Holmes as something of a recluse.

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7:23am

Sat July 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Tragedy In Colorado: The Latest

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 6:55 pm

An Aurora police officer assists a woman carrying her belongings from her home near the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes. Bomb technicians are working to defuse his booby-trapped apartment.
Alex Brandon AP

The shocking shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., early Friday continues to dominate the news. We followed it throughout the day (it's now 5 p.m. ET) and will pick it up again early Sunday. NPR.org, the NPR Newscast Desk, Weekend All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Sunday are on the story too. All of NPR's coverage is being collected here.

Here's what happened today, starting with a quick summary:

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7:09am

Fri July 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Real-Life Horror: Many Killed, Dozens Wounded At Colorado Movie Theater

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 1:17 am

Two women mourn near the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire during the opening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images
  • Witness talks to 'The Today Show'
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with witness Chayyiel Jackson

A midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises turned into a horribly real scene of death and destruction in Aurora, Colo., early Friday when a gunman opened fire on the audience killing 12.

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