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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7:05am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Greece Takes Critical Step Toward Avoiding Bankruptcy

The European Union flag flies in front of the Parthenon in Athens. Greece's EU partners are about to give it another massive bailout.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

The important takeaway from this morning's news about Europe's financial mess:

It seems less likely that Greece will go bankrupt and more likely that it will get another international bailout that hopefully will shore up the nation's economy and prevent a domino-like tumble of other ailing European nations and the unsettling repercussions that could have for the U.S. economy.

As The Associated Press writes:

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12:01am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Is Buying 'The New Republic'

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 11:09 am

www.tnr.com

Social media meets old media:

Saying that he's convinced "the demand for long-form, quality journalism is strong in our country," Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that he's buying The New Republic.

That's a magazine, as Steve says, which is four times older than its new owner. Hughes is 28.

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3:10pm

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

While Controversial, 'Kony 2012' Has Put Focus On Atrocities

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 3:17 pm

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, in 2006.
Stuart Price AP

11:34am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Inside Bin Laden's House, 'A Fading Splash Of Blood'

The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed. (May 3, 2011, file photo.)
Getty Images

The New York Times writes this morning about a retired Pakistani Army brigadier's attempt to reconstruct what happened last May when U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden at the al-Qaida leader's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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10:00am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: 'Explosive' Growth Of 'Patriot Movement' And Militias Continues

"Patriot movement groups" in red. Militias — armed wings of such organizations — in gray.
Southern Poverty Law Center

An enormous surge in the number of groups that "see the federal government as their primary enemy" and in some cases have militias as their "armed wings" continues, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports today.

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8:55am

Thu March 8, 2012

8:35am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rise By 8,000

There were 362,000 first-time clams for unemployment insurance last week, up 8,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That means the number of claims has moved up slightly, but remains around the lowest level since this time four years ago.

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7:45am

Thu March 8, 2012

7:00am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

House Expected To OK Jobs Bill In 'Rare Agreement' With Obama

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 2:01 pm

Sometimes bipartisanship does shine down on the Capitol.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Update at 1:55 p.m. ET. The House Passes JOBS Act:

Saying that it shows the federal legislature can work in a bipartisan fashion, the Republican-controlled House passed the JOBS Act, which was supported by President Obama.

"It is a welcome sign that we can put our differences aside and work together to produce results to help boost the economy and get people back to work," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, according to the AP.

The bill was passed with a vote of 390-23.

Our Original Post Continues:

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6:05pm

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Utah Legislature Votes To Prohibit Schools From Teaching About Contraception

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 6:07 pm

A bill "that would let schools skip teaching sex education and prohibit instruction in the use of contraception" is headed to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's desk after the state Senate today approved it by a 19-10 vote, The Salt Lake Tribune writes.

Schools would need to focus on "abstinence-only" instruction.

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2:50pm

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Limbaugh Says Business Is Fine; Maybe 28 Of 18,000 Advertisers Have Left

Things are fine, Limbaugh says. (January 2010 file photo.)
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Saying that "everything is fine on the business side" and that the number of advertisers who have left his show is akin to "losing a couple of french fries in the container when it's delivered to you at the drive-thru," conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh today took time to clear up what he says has been "misinformation" about the repercussions from his recent comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

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2:00pm

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony Under Spotlight Thanks To Viral Video

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 12:08 pm

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, in 2006.
Stuart Price AP

6:34pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Colts Will Release Peyton Manning, Making Him A Free Agent, ESPN Says

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 1:07 pm

Peyton Manning.
Rob Carr Getty Images

ESPN is reporting that sources close to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts say the team is going to let star quarterback Peyton Manning become a free agent.

An announcement is due Wednesday, the network adds.

Manning, who has spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts and is a lock to be a hall of famer, "missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months, a fusion of two vertebrae," as ESPN writes.

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5:10pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Join Us For Live Blogging Of Super Tuesday Contests

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 5:56 pm

As the news comes in tonight about the Republican presidential campaign's 10 Super Tuesday contests, we'll be helping out the Elections Desk by live blogging.

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4:55pm

Tue March 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama To Romney: 'Good Luck Tonight ... Really'

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 4:58 pm

Before we get deep into the news of the Super Tuesday primaries, here's something from the lighter side of politics.

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