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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11:20am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama's Played 100 Rounds Of Golf; Which Presidents Beat That?

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 1:04 pm

Presidents Clinton and Obama during a round of golf last September.
Chris Kleponis-Pool Getty Images

On Sunday, President Obama played his 100th round of golf since taking office, according to CBS News' Mark Knoller — the White House press corps' keeper of all sorts of presidential factoids.

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9:41am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Rodney King: 'What I Had To Do Was Make It Better'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:38 am

Rodney King. (April 13, 2012 file photo.)
Matt Sayles AP

The death Sunday of Rodney King, the victim of a 1991 police beating in Los Angeles who became a "reluctant symbol of race relations," as the Los Angeles Times says, is prompting many looks back at what happened to him and the Los Angeles riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of the officers involved.

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8:55am

Mon June 18, 2012

8:24am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Reminder: Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care Law Due

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:19 am

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. No Decision Yet:

The court just finished issuing its opinions and other orders for the day. Neither the health care nor campaign finance cases were among them.

So we'll repeat this process on Thursday.

Our original post; "Reminder: Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care Law Due":

What we said last Monday applies again today:

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8:06am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Webb Simpson Wins U.S. Open; Miami Heat Takes 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Miami Heat as he went to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Miami.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

The two sports stories that matter the most this morning:

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7:36am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Egypt, Generals Will Be In Control 'Until October, At Least'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:26 am

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi (in portrait) celebrated today in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on 'Morning Edition'

In Egypt, "it's quite confusing at the moment," as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson said earlier on Morning Edition.

But she says one things seems clear: Based on the decree they issued this weekend the generals who have effectively been running things since Hosni Mubarak's regime was toppled in early 2011 will be "around and in charge until October, at least."

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7:09am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Market Rally Fades As Investors Turn Attention From Greece To Spain

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 1:19 pm

Frankfurt: A German flag hung today in front of a board displaying the DAX stock index.
Daniel Roland AFP/Getty Images

At midday in New York, Bloomberg News' headline pretty much sums up the story for the markets so far today and their reaction to the news about Sunday's vote in Greece:

"U.S. Stocks Swing Between Gains, Losses Amid Europe Woes."

And this paragraph from Bloomberg's account seems to capture what traders are thinking:

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1:07pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hoax No. 2: 'Kindness In America' Memoir Writer Shot Himself

We were very tempted earlier this week to post about the guy who said he's writing a memoir called Kindness in America and had gotten shot while hitchhiking across the country. Many sites picked up that oh-so-ironic story.

Then we got distracted. Probably by our shoes.

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12:10pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Rajat Gupta Guilty In Insider Trading Case

Rajat Gupta on Wednesday as he arrived at the federal courthouse in Manhattan.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

"Rajat Gupta, who reached the pinnacle of corporate America as managing partner of McKinsey & Co. and was a director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Procter & Gamble, was convicted by a federal jury of leaking inside information to hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam," Bloomberg News writes.

The Associated Press recaps the case:

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10:52am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Deportations Of Law-Abiding, Younger Illegal Immigrants To Stop

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:56 pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration announced today that it will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the country as children and have no criminal history.

"It is not immunity; it is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a press briefing.

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10:30am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Secret Service Releases Data On Accusations Against Its Personnel

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:44 pm

More than 200 pages worth of details about accusations made against Secret Service personnel since 2004 has been released. The accusations concern "claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior," The Associated Press reports.

Important note: the list apparently deals with accusations, not confirmed cases of misconduct.

We'll pass along more about this as the story develops.

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9:13am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Central Banks 'On Standby' As Greek Elections Loom

The European Central Bank "is on standby to keep banks flush with liquidity" if Greeks effectively vote on Sunday to support politicians who want to reject austerity measures and pull the nation out of the eurozone, The Financial Times writes this morning.

The ECB joins "a global chorus of central bankers pledging support ahead of Sunday's elections," the FT adds.

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8:29am

Fri June 15, 2012

7:30am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Last Suspect In 1995 Sarin Attack Arrested In Tokyo

Katsuya Takahashi, the last fugitive connected to the 1995 sarin attack on Tokyo's subway system, after his arrest today.
Jiji Press AFP/Getty Images

"Tokyo police have arrested the last fugitive member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, Katsuya Takahashi, who was on the run for 17 years," NHK WORLD reports.

The 54-year-old suspect was taken into custody today in Tokyo. As NHK says, "Takahashi was wanted in connection with the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in March, 1995 and other Aum-related crimes. He allegedly helped one of the perpetrators flee after the attack."

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7:02am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

'Forest Boy' Is A Hoax, Police Say

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

He wasn't really a "forest boy," police say.
Berlin police

We won't pretend to be surprised:

"The forest boy known previously as 'Ray' has been identified as Robin van Helsum. from the Dutch town of Hengelo, Dutch police confirmed Friday morning." (Germany's The Local)

It took only about two days from the time that police in Berlin released a photo of "Ray" for him to be identified by friends.

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