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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1:31pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Justices Signal Support For Arizona Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court building.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The early analyses of this morning's Supreme Court hearing on parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law are in, and the consensus is that the majority of justices will likely uphold the state's effort to reduce the number of people within its borders who may be there illegally.

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12:52pm

Wed April 25, 2012
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Al Gore Put In Internet Hall Of Fame

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 12:54 pm

Former Vice President Al Gore.
Joe Kohen Getty Images for Current TV

We're sorry to be a day late — you'd think in the Internet age we would have been more on top of this.

Former Vice President Al Gore (D) is among the inaugural inductees in the Internet Hall of Fame.

He's been lauded by the Internet Society for being "a key proponent [as a senator and vice president] of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet."

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10:27am

Wed April 25, 2012
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Sources: Gingrich Will End His White House Bid Next Week

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 10:59 am

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, Tuesday night in Concord, N.C.
John W. Adkisson Getty Images

Fox News reports that "senior Gingrich aides" say former House Speaker Newt Gingrich "plans to formally suspend or end his presidential campaign next Tuesday."

CNN writes that "sources close to Newt Gingrich say he will end his bid for the GOP presidential nomination next week."

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9:36am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

He's 'Never Asked A Prime Minister For Anything,' Rupert Murdoch Says

This video grab from pooled footage shows Rupert Murdoch testifying earlier today in London.
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  • Philip Reeves speaks with Renee Montagne

Among the highlights so far today during Rupert Murdoch's testimony in London before an inquiry into the ethics of the British news media, and his News Corp. tabloids in particular, is this quote from the media mogul:

"I've never asked a prime minister for anything."

NPR's David Folkenflik, who is live-tweeting, and NPR's Philip Reeves, who has been filing radio reports, will have more as the inquiry continues.

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8:57am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Orders For Durable Goods Drop Sharply

Orders for equipment, appliances, aircraft and other so-called durable goods fell 4.2 percent in March from February, the Census Bureau reports.

It's the second decline in the past three months and the biggest monthly dip in three years. Much of the drop in March was due to a decline in orders for aircraft. "But companies also ordered less machinery and other equipment, a sign manufacturing output may slow," The Associated Press writes.

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8:33am

Wed April 25, 2012
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NBA's World Peace Gets Seven-Game Suspension For Elbowing Opponent

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 8:40 am

After Metta World Peace's elbow connected with James Harden's head, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard (behind World Peace) crumpled to the floor. He was later able to walk off on his own power.
Reed Saxon AP

The basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest has been suspended for seven games for swinging his left elbow hard into the head of an opponent on Sunday.

Metta World Peace, as the Los Angeles Lakers forward is now known, will miss the team's last regular season game on Thursday. The Lakers then move into the playoffs, where each round is "best-of-seven." So he could miss most or all of the first round (if the Lakers extend that matchup beyond four games) and even a game or two in the second round (if the Lakers advance after just four or five games).

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7:36am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Secret Service Agents Say Similar Misconduct Was Tolerated

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 11:01 am

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as she testified this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A few of the latest developments in the so-called Secret Service scandal, which involves alleged cavorting with prostitutes by agents and U.S. military personnel in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month:

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6:33am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney: A 'New Campaign' Begins

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 11:09 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann celebrated Tuesday night in Manchester, N.H.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

After sweeping all five of Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries, already presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney declared that the 2012 presidential campaign is now really on.

It's "the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better," he told supporters in New Hampshire.

"The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it's not the best America can do," the former Massachusetts governor added.

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2:55pm

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Cardboard Prom Dress Is Just The Right Fit For This Young Woman

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Maura Pozek in her latest creation.
Steve Pozek (her dad)

Why did Missouri teen Maura Pozek make her prom dress out of cardboard and paper bags?

Because after fashioning the previous two years' outfits out of Doritos bags and soda can tabs, "I had to top myself somehow."

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1:43pm

Tue April 24, 2012
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George Zimmerman Has Pleaded Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin Case

George Zimmerman during his bond hearing in a Seminole County, Fla., courtroom on April 20.
Gary Green Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images

On the day after he was arrested, George Zimmerman officially entered a "not guilty" plea to the charge of second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of Trayvon Martin, according to court records now posted online by Florida's 18th Circuit Court.

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12:24pm

Tue April 24, 2012
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Diners Not Fazed By Second Collapse At 'Heart Attack Grill;' Would You Be?

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:57 am

One of the Heart Attack Grill's "triple bypass" burgers.
Matt York AP

The news that for the second time this year someone has collapsed while dining at Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill doesn't seem to bother the restaurant's fans.

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11:15am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Held Steady This Month

After a slight decline in March, the widely watched consumer confidence index from the private Conference Board "was virtually unchanged in April," the research group reports.

"The index now stands at 69.2, down slightly from 69.5 in March," it says.

"Overall, consumers are more upbeat about the state of the economy, but they remain cautiously optimistic," Lynn Franco, director of the board's consumer research center, adds in its release.

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10:53am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Teacher Of The Year 'Known For Unconventional Techniques'

President Obama gave the 2012 National Teacher of the Year trophy to Rebecca Mieliwocki this morning at the White House.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher in Burbank, Calif., was just honored at the White House by being named National Teacher of the Year.

In expressing her thanks, Mieliwocki offered this thought: "I am not the best teacher in America. There isn't just one."

And she went on to talk about the hard work and dedication displayed by most American teachers.

According to Los Angeles' Daily Breeze:

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9:58am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Home Prices Continue Downward Drift

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 10:17 am

A sign of the times, last year in Tigard, Ore.
Don Ryan AP

"Broadly-speaking, home prices continued to decline in the early months of the year," according to economist David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices.

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9:33am

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Focus On Murdochs Shifts: Were They Bamboozling British Politicians?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 9:59 am

A video grab from pooled footage taken inside the Leveson Inquiry shows former News International executive chairman James Murdoch giving evidence at the High Court in London earlier today.
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  • Philip Reeves on 'Morning Edition'

Half-way through today's hearing in London into the Murdoch family's "scandal-tarred British newspaper unit," and the ethics of British media outlets, the inquiry's focus has shifted, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

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