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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9:19am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Co-Workers Rescue Man From Vat Of Acid

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 1:16 pm

While initial headlines that said a man jumped into a vat of acid to rescue a co-worker at at New Jersey construction site may have overstated what happened just a bit, there's still a dramatic tale to tell.

According to NorthJersey.com:

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8:12am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Sacred White Buffalo Slaughtered; Reward For Catching Killer Grows

Lightning Medicine Cloud, a sacred white buffalo, last June.
LM Otero AP

7:15am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Santorum Endorses Romney

Back in their sparring days: Rick Santorum (left) and Mitt Romney during a Feb. 22, 2012, Republican presidential debate in Arizona.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Saying that "above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Rick Santorum on Monday evening endorsed former Republican rival Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

In an email to supporters, the former Pennsylvania senator said that:

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6:37am

Tue May 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Clinton Hopes To Soon Welcome Chinese Activist Chen To The U.S.

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:41 am

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a news conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday (March 5, 2012).
Munir Uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

Though she won't put a timetable on when activist Chen Guangcheng will be able to leave China with his family and go to the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today that "we're certainly making progress."

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4:23pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Soccer Stars Are Paid The Best, And Indian Cricketers Out-Earn NFL Players

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 8:26 am

Lionel Messi of Barcelona during a match Saturday against RCD Espanyol.
David Ramos Getty Images

Think the players on your favorite team are the most overpaid in the world?

Well, American sports fans, you may not be able to brag (or complain?) about that.

As the number crunchers at Sporting Intelligence reported earlier this month, European soccer teams hold the top four spots when it comes to average pay per player.

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Mon May 7, 2012

11:10am

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Biden On Being Comfortable With Same-Sex Marriage

Vice President Biden.
Win McNamee Getty Images

By saying Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that he is "absolutely comfortable" with equal rights for partners in same-sex marriages and that love is at the root of all marriages "whether they're marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals," Vice President Biden has set off speculation about whether the Obama administration may soon fully endorse same-sex marriage.

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9:57am

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

What Killed Soldier In Afghanistan Who Died While Skyping With His Wife?

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:41 am

Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark.
U.S. Army AP

The mystery surrounding the death of Army Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, who collapsed on April 30 while on a Skype call from Afghanistan to his wife back in the U.S., has deepened.

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7:51am

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

'Strategic Release' Program Has Set Free Some Afghan Insurgents

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 7:52 am

Former Taliban fighters displayed their weapons as they joined Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province last Wednesday ( May 2, 2012).
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

"The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups," reports The Washington Post, which calls the program "a bold effort to quell violence, but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks."

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7:20am

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

'Seismic Shift' In Europe After French And Greek Elections

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:53 pm

In Paris on Sunday, supporters of newly elected president Francois Hollande celebrated.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images
  • Eleanor Beardsley, reporting on 'Morning Edition'
  • Sylvia Poggioli reporting on 'Morning Edition'
(Note: We updated the market news in this post at midday.)

A victory Sunday by Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande in France and the rejection by voters in Greece of that country's austerity policies have caused a "seismic shift" that threatens the future of the euro,

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1:47pm

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Died

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 3:26 pm

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys during a 2001 performance in New York City.
Scott Gries Getty Images

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: The news that Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has died has now been confirmed by the group's public relations firm.

Our original post:

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12:21pm

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

'Falling Bear,' We Hardly Knew You; Famous Bruin Killed On Highway

The "falling bear" photo that brought him fame.
Andy Duann CU Independent

It was just a week ago that he dropped into our lives.

Now, we're sorry to report that "falling bear" is dead.

In case you're not familiar with the story, it was April 26 when University of Colorado Boulder student Andy Duann snapped a shot of a tranquilized bear as it was falling from a tree on campus.

The bear survived and was released back into the wild about 50 miles from Boulder.

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11:10am

Fri May 4, 2012
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Fracking: New Rules Aim To Bring 'Best Practices' To Public Lands

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 12:45 pm

Saying that the rules would "make sure that fracturing operations conducted on public and Indian lands follow common-sense industry best practices," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this morning issued proposed regulations that would:

-- Require "public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands."

-- Ensure that "wells used in fracturing operations [on public lands] meet appropriate construction standards."

-- Require operators to "put in place appropriate plans for managing flowback waters from fracturing operations."

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10:36am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Junior Seau's Family OKs Having His Brain Studied, 'L.A. Times' Reports

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:49 pm

Junior Seau in 2008, when he played for the New England Patriots.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

As soon as it was learned on Wednesday that former NFL star Junior Seau had killed himself, there was speculation about whether he may have suffered brain injuries during his career that in turn led to depression or dementia.

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9:48am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

AP Apologizes For WWII-Era Firing Of Reporter

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:55 am

May 7, 1945: In Frankfurt, Germany, Allied commanders including British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Marshal Gregori Zhukov and others celebrate the German surrender.
AFP/Getty Images

Sixty seven years later, The Associated Press is apologizing for the way it condemned and then fired one of its correspondents for reporting "perhaps the biggest scoop in its history."

Edward Kennedy was among a small group of reporters taken by Allied military officials to witness the May 7, 1945, surrender by German forces at a schoolhouse in Reims, France.

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