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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9:24am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Big Night For Big Men In Round 1 Of NFL Draft

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:47 pm

Eric Fisher, offensive tackle from Central Michigan, was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rich Kane UPI /Landov

One year after glamour quarterbacks were the big story, NFL teams mostly opted for big, beefy, bruisers during Round One of the 2013 NFL draft Thursday night.

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8:36am

Fri April 26, 2013
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Economy Picked Up In First Quarter: Grew At 2.5 Percent Pace

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 1:20 pm

Shoppers came out in the first quarter, pushing up economic growth.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated Friday morning.

That's modest growth, and was below the 3.2 percent pace economists had expected to hear about. But growth was up substantially from fourth-quarter 2012, when the economy expanded at a scant 0.4 percent annual rate.

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7:53am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Dead After Fire In Russian Psychiatric Hospital

Firefighters battling the blaze at a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow early Friday.
Jiang Kehong Xinhua /Landov

An estimated 38 people died early Friday at a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow when a fire swept through the facility.

The state news agency RIA Novosti says it has been told by a "police source" that most of the victims "died in their sleep [from] inhaling the fumes as they were likely sedated by prescribed medicine."

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7:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Suspect Moved To Prison Medical Center

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:52 am

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in an undated photo released by the FBI.
FBI.gov

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the crimes that followed, has been moved out of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center "and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.," U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday morning.

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1:58pm

Thu April 25, 2013
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Body Is ID'd As Missing Student Falsely Linked To Bombings

Sunil Tripathi.
Facebook.com

A body pulled out of the water earlier this week in Providence, R.I., has now been identified as that of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who had been missing since March 15.

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12:28pm

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

At Bush Library Dedication, Bipartisan Praise

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 1:00 pm

President Obama, former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, with more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails and four million photographs.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Four presidents praised another member of their exclusive club Thursday at the dedication of the George W. Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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9:48am

Thu April 25, 2013
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'We've Had Enough Bushes,' Says Former First Lady Barbara

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:48 am

Former first lady Barbara Bush in March 2012.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Thanks, mom.

On the day her son George's presidential library is being dedicated in Dallas, former first lady Barbara Bush has told NBC's Today show that "we've had enough Bushes" when it comes to seeing the presidency.

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9:23am

Thu April 25, 2013
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Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 10:07 am

Will there soon be more signs like this? A "now hiring" advertisement in San Francisco last year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There were 339,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The drop brought claims down to around their lowest level since early 2008, when the latest recession was just getting started and before the downturn got its grip on the economy.

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8:40am

Thu April 25, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Presidents Set To Help Dedicate George W. Bush's Library

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:14 am

Statues of former Presidents George W. Bush (left) and his father, George H.W. Bush, stand at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus in Dallas, where the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be dedicated Thursday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Former first lady Laura Bush talks with NPR's David Greene

We're due for one of those rare moments Thursday morning when the current president and all of his living predecessors will be together.

The occasion: The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are due to be there along with, of course, George W. Bush.

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7:14am

Thu April 25, 2013
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Boston Bombing Investigation: Thursday's Developments

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 3:04 pm

In Boston's Copley Square on Wednesday, people gathered at a makeshift memorial to those killed and injured in the April 15 marathon bombings.
Mario Tama Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Dina Temple-Raston on the latest news in the Boston bombings investigation

The latest developments in the investigation into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Update at 2 p.m. ET. FBI Says Suspects Planned Explosions In Times Square, New York Mayor Bloomberg Says:

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11:44am

Wed April 24, 2013

10:56am

Wed April 24, 2013
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5 People Dead After Shooting In Small Illinois Town

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 12:28 pm

A suspect is in custody after five people were reportedly shot to death in Manchester, Ill., a town of 300 or so residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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9:35am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

AP's Twitter Account Running Again; Was Hacked Tuesday

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:21 am

Twitter.com/AP

"The @AP Twitter account, which was suspended after being hacked, has been secured and is back up. Thank you for your patience."

That's the word Wednesday morning from The Associated Press.

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9:02am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:37 am

This is a composite of 25 separate images spanning the period from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013. In a video, NASA has also collected three years' worth of such images and set them in a new video.
NASA/SDO/AIA/S

We all deserve a break from the past week's news. This NASA video could be just the right thing.

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8:04am

Wed April 24, 2013
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Violent Protests In Paris After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:41 am

Protesters took to the streets of Paris on Tueday after parliament gave its final OK to a law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Yoan Valat EPA /LANDOV

"Clashes broke out between protesters and riot police near France's lower house of parliament late on Tuesday just hours after the country legalized gay marriage, with opponents of the law hurling projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas," France 24 reports.

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