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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9:37am

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Major East Coast Bridges Will Close Today For 'Delicate Maritime Ballet'

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:37 pm

We don't do too many traffic reports, but this news has the potential to be both fascinating and frustrating — depending on whether you're watching from afar or stuck inside a gridlocked car:

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge that carries U.S. Route 50 traffic back-and-forth between Washington, D.C., and mid-Atlantic beaches will be closed for about 40 minutes today, starting around 1:15 p.m. ET, so that a cargo ship carrying four huge cranes can pass (safely, we hope) beneath the span.

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8:39am

Wed June 20, 2012
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If WikiLeaks' Assange Steps Out, He's Due To Be Arrested

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:32 am

A British police officer stood outside the Ecuadorian consulate in London earlier today, as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remained inside.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': Philip Reeves reports

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly still inside Ecuador's embassy in London, where he showed up Tuesday and asked for political asylum.

The chances of his being able to leave there and not immediately be arrested by British authorities seem to be somewhere between slim and none.

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7:59am

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

If Sandusky Is Going To Testify, Today's The Likely Day

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 12:07 pm

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky as he left the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The defense rested its case just before noon ET today and closing arguments will begin Thursday in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of sexually abusing young boys, according to reporters from The Associated Press, NPR and other news outlets.

Sandusky did not take the stand in his own defense.

Our Original Post: If Sandusky Is Going To Testify, Today's The Likely Day

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7:46am

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Egypt's Generals Use News About Mubarak To Further Delay Democracy?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:07 pm

In Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday night, men gathered in front of graffiti showing ousted President Hosni Mubarak and others from his regime.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': Renee Montagne speaks with Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, reports that former President Hosni Mubarak is in critical condition and may be near death are being met with two reactions, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports:

-- Many Egyptians who have gathered there are saying, "It's about time, let him go."

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2:57pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Moon Shot From JPMorgan's Dimon Is Day's Money Quote

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during testimony today before the House Financial Services Committee.
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  • Rep. Sean Duffy and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

The top news from Capitol Hill testimony today by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is that he says "the bank did its best to fully inform investors about its risk strategy several weeks before it suffered a $2 billion-plus trading loss," The Associated Press reports.

But the quote from him that seems to be getting the most attention came in response to a question from Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., who wanted to know if the bank could ever lose "a half a trillion dollars or a trillion dollars?"

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2:34pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Frankel Runs Away At Ascot, Firms Up Standing As World's Top Horse

Frankel, with jockey Tom Queally aboard, as he sped away with the win today at Royal Ascot.
Alan Crowhurst Getty Images

While there was no Triple Crown again this year, horse racing is not lacking for news about an amazing horse.

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12:52pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Ex-Rutgers Student Released After Serving 20 Days Of 30-Day Sentence

Dharun Ravi, 20, as he walked way from the Middlesex (N.J.) County jail with his attorney Steven Altman, left, earlier today.
Mel Evans AP

Dharun Ravi walked out of a New Jersey jail this morning after serving 20 days of the 30-day sentence he was given for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate at Rutgers University in 2010.

The case drew national attention after it became known that the roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide soon after learning about what Ravi had done and that Ravi had told others about it.

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12:10pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Bound For Syria Turns Back, U.K. Says

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 12:44 pm

A Russian cargo ship loaded with refurbished attack helicopters has turned back toward home after having its insurance canceled, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says, according to the BBC.

The MV Alaed was was passing by Scotland's north coast at the time. The policy was canceled by The Standard Club, a London-based insurer. According to the BBC, the insurer issued a statement saying:

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10:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Historic Southern Baptist Vote Coming Up, Live On The Web

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Pastor Fred Luter, of New Orleans, who's set to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Ross D. Franklin AP

NPR.org's lead story this hour is Barbara Bradley Hagerty's Morning Edition report headlined "Southern Baptists See Their Future In A Black Pastor."

As she writes:

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9:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Adidas Cancels Its 'Shackle Shoes'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 11:46 am

The JS Roundhouse Mids.
Facebook.com/adidasoriginals

Sneakers that come with prison orange shackles to wrap around your ankles?

That was Adidas' idea for the "JS Roundhouse Mids" it planned to start selling in August. It was to be "a sneaker ... so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles."

Was to be, that is.

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9:12am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Signs Of Strength In Latest Housing Data

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:01 am

San Mateo, Calif.: Construction was underway earlier this year at a new housing development.
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There was a 7.9 percent jump in the number of construction permits issued to home builders in May, the Census Bureau says.

That increase boosted permits to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 780,000 — the most since September 2008, The Associated Press adds. It's a signal that construction will be strong in coming months.

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8:23am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Prime Minister Ousted From Office By Country's Highest Court

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:31 am

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani as he arrived at court on April 26 in Islamabad.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

There's fresh political turmoil in Pakistan today after the country's highest court "disqualified" Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani from office, The Associated Press writes.

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7:51am

Tue June 19, 2012
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Should Roger Clemens Go Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:31 am

Roger Clemens in 1991, when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox.
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Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players, the debate resumes about whether one of baseball's greatest pitchers should or shouldn't get into the sport's hall of fame.

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7:10am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Spain's Borrowing Costs Soar; Latest 'Ominous Sign' In Europe

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:32 am

The Spanish flag blowing in the wind in Madrid earlier this month.
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Today's developments in Europe's financial crisis focus mainly on Spain:

-- The Wall Street Journal writes that "Spain, on the edge of losing debt market access, paid around 2 percentage points more in interest rates Tuesday than a month ago to lure investors to its Treasury bill sale, an ominous sign ahead of a critical government bond auction Thursday."

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3:17pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
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Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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