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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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Jobless Claims Rose By 13,000 Last Week

There were 13,000 more first-time claims for jobless benefits last week than the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

The agency says there were 380,000 such applications, up from 367,000 (a number that has been revised upward; previously, the agency had estimated there were 357,000 claims in the week ended March 31).

Claims had been running at the lowest pace since March and April 2008. At 380,000, the pace is the lowest since June 2008.

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Prosecution's Choice Of Charge Complicates Case Against Zimmerman

Authorities released this "booking photo" of George Zimmerman after his arrest Wednesday.
John E. Polk Correctional Facility

By charging George Zimmerman with second-degree murder rather than manslaughter, prosecutors have chosen a path that presents them with some steep legal hurdles, experts tell The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Troops And Tanks Remain, But Truce Begins In Syria

The early word from Syria is that "flashpoints of the 13-month uprising against President Bashar Assad were quiet Thursday ... suggesting a U.N.-brokered truce was starting to take hold and the regime was keeping a pledge to halt its assault on opposition strongholds," The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Zimmerman Is Reportedly Arrested; Prosecutor Has 'New Information'

George Zimmerman, in a 2005 mug shot provided by the Orange County (Fla.) jail, via The Miami Herald. He was arrested that year for an incident involving a dispute with a local alcohol control official.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 5:20 pm

Florida state attorney Angela Corey, who is acting as a special prosecutor in the high-profile shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has scheduled a 6 p.m. ET news conference to "release new information" regarding the case, her office just announced.

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The Two-Way
1:15 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

VIDEO: Texting Guy Barely Escapes Bumping Into Bear

As the bear turned right, Vaz Terdandenyan was about to come down the sidewalk toward it. He got a surprise.
KTLA-TV

If this doesn't make you want to put down that cellphone, we don't know what will.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

'Texts From Hillary' Gets Secretary Clinton's Endorsement

Part of the contribution Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (or someone on her staff, of course) made to Texts from Hillary.
Texts from Hillary

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 3:50 pm

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET. And With That, The Fun Is Over; Texts From Hillary Decides To Call It A Day:

Saying that "as far as memes go — it has gone as far as it can go," the Texts from Hillary guys have decided to stop adding to the blog.

As they say, "TTYL."

But we still suggest checking out our original post:

Seen Texts from Hillary yet?

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Coach Bobby Petrino Had To Be Fired, Arkansas Football Fans Say

Dismissed Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino at an April 3 news conference, following his release from a hospital where he was treated for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. That mishap led to the revealing of his affair with a younger woman, payments he made to her and that he had arranged for her to get a job at the university.
Gareth Patterson AP

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 11:12 am

After hearing that football coach Bobby Petrino had not only lied about who he was with when he had a motorcycle accident on April 1, but that he was also having an affair with that young woman, had paid her $20,000 and had arranged for her to get a job with the university, Arkansas Razorbacks fans are saying they agree with the decision to fire him.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Justice Dept. Accuses Apple And Others Of Fixing E-Book Prices

Reading a book on an iPad.
Manu Fernandez AP

Apple Inc. and other publishers have conspired to limit competition and fix the prices of e-books, the U.S. Justice Department alleges in a suit filed today.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Wed April 11, 2012

VIDEO: Watch 'Snackman' Casually Break Up A Fight

That's Snackman in the middle, stepping in between the combatants to calm things down.
YouTube.com

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Violence In Syria Reportedly Continues; Annan Seeks Help From Iran

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 10:09 am

As al-Jazeera and other news outlets report being told by activists that Syrian government forces are shelling the city of Homs and attacking and arresting opponents of President Bashar Assad in other places, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan continues to press for a true ceasefire to take effect on Thursday.

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7:50 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Former Sheriff's Name Taken Off Jail Where He's Now An Inmate

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan before a court hearing last month.
Ed Andrieski AP

Patrick Sullivan, the former sheriff in Arapahoe County, Colo., who's serving a 38-day sentence for trying to trade methamphetamine for sex with a man, isn't being held any longer in a jail that bears his name.

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7:15 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Trayvon Martin Death: Prosecutor Plans Announcement By Late Friday

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey.
Kelly Jordan The Florida Times-Union

Shortly after we learned Tuesday that George Zimmerman's lawyers said they had lost contact with their client and were withdrawing from the case, there was an announcement from special prosecutor Angela Corey's office that she would be making an announcement about the case within 72 hours

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6:45 am
Wed April 11, 2012

With Santorum Gone, What Next?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign event Tuesday in Wilmington, Del.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 6:47 am

Some of the morning-after analyses of what Rick Santorum's exit from the Republican field means for the 2012 presidential campaign:

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

After Major Quake Near Indonesia, First Tsunami Is Relatively Small

Acehnese women hug each other shortly after the powerful earthquake hit the western coast of Sumatra in Banda Aceh.
Chaideer Mahyhuddin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 8:04 am

A powerful, 8.6-magnitude earthquake and an 8.2-magnitude aftershock off the west coast of Northern Sumatra today led authorities to warn that potentially devastating tsunamis might roar across the Indian Ocean.

But to the relief of millions who were immediately reminded of the devastating tsunami that rolled across that ocean in 2004, the waves generated by today's temblors were minor and the tsunami "watch" was canceled just before 9 a.m. ET.

The other welcome news: Initial reports indicated that damage from the quakes themselves may not have been extensive.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Amid Rumors About Campaign's Future, Santorum Sets News Conference

Former Sen. Rick Santorum as he announced the end of his White House bid. His wife, Karen, is in the background.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

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12:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

George W. Bush Says He Doesn't Miss Being President

Former President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., last September.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 20, 2012 11:50 pm

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9:35 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen Suspended Following 'I Love Fidel' Comment

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen during his news conference this morning in Miami.
Lynne Sladky AP
  • Tom Goldman on 'Morning Edition'

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended without pay for five games, effective immediately, as the firestorm continues over his comment to Time magazine last week that "I love Fidel Castro."

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7:55 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Carriers, FCC Join In Bid To Curb Cellphone Thefts

On the phone in Manhattan.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Wireless providers have agreed to create a national database of stolen cellphones that it is hoped will make the devices somewhat less tempting to thieves.

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and a group of lawmakers and law enforcement officials are set to announce outlines of the plan at 10 a.m. ET.

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7:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Tips Led To Tulsa Shooting Suspects' Arrests; Police Say They've Confessed

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 7:31 am

The key moment in the manhunt for suspects in a murder spree that terrorized African-Americans in Tulsa, Okla., came Saturday morning when a tip was called in to the city's Crime Stoppers hotline, the Tulsa World says.

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6:45 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Syria Says It Is Pulling Troops Back, Activists Say Army Continues To Attack

At a refugee camp in Reyhanli, Turkey, on Monday, Syrians sought help and safety.
Germano Assad AP

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 6:58 am

On this day when a U.N.-brokered cease-fire was supposed to go into effect in Syria, "activists reported military attacks on two towns ... even as the government claimed its military forces have begun pulling out" of some areas, The Associated Press reports.

The BBC says:

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Tue April 10, 2012

George Zimmerman Launches Website And Seeks Support, Lawyer Says

TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com

A new website — TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com — was indeed launched over the weekend by the Florida man who shot and killed a black teenager in an incident that has ignited a national discussion about race relations and racial profiling, one of his attorneys tells local news outlets in Orlando, Fla.

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7:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Paintball Journalism? Ex-Army Ranger, Journalists Trade Shots With Hezbollah

Meeting Hezbollah on the paintball playing field.
vice.com

"Paintballing With Hezbollah Is The Path Straight To Their Hearts," says the headline at the Vice.com newssite.

In a quest to get to better know members of the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, four Western journalists and a former U.S. Army Ranger last year arranged to play paintball in Beirut with some men who said they were among the group's fighters.

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Maryland Says Mega Millions Winner Has Come Forward

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 5:31 pm

The second of three winning tickets in last month's $656 million record-breaking Mega Millions lottery has been turned in, officials at the Maryland Lottery just announced.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Obama's Off His Game — Basketball, That Is

Presidential pique at a missed shot.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Four years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama famously sank a 3-point shot when he visited U.S. troops in Kuwait who had gathered in a gym to hear from the Democratic senator. The video was a cable TV favorite for a day or two.

Today, the first hoopster's shot wasn't dropping, as Politico reports.

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