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
7:15 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Top Stories: Zuccotti Park Cleared; Sandusky Speaks; Cain's 'Oops' Moment

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 7:18 am

Good morning.

Our early headines today:

-- New York Police Clear Occupy Wall Street Protesters From Park.

-- Penn State Scandal: More Suspected Victims; Sandusky Says He's Innocent.

Other top stories of the day include:

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Penn State Scandal: More Suspected Victims; Sandusky Says He's Innocent

As former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was being heard on NBC-TV last night declaring "I am innocent of those charges" and that he's not sexually attracted to young boys, The New York Times was landing with a report th

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6:25 am
Tue November 15, 2011

New York Police Clear Occupy Wall Street Protesters From Park

Occupy Wall Street activists protested in New York's City's Duarte Square after police removed them from Zuccotti Park.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 1:09 pm

Saying that "the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the clearing of Zuccotti Park early today.

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1:23 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Paterno's Name Removed From Big Ten Trophy

The Stagg Championship Trophy.
Big Ten Network

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Before it could be awarded, the trophy for the winner of the Big Ten Conference Football Championship has been changed from the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy to just the Stagg Championship Trophy.

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1:06 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

NBA Players Reject Owners' Offer; Season In Jeopardy

Fans may not see this kind of action for a long while: Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat as he drove to the basket in last season's finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
Larry W. Smith/pool Getty Images

National Basketball Association players have rejected the latest contract offer from the league's owners, The Associated Press and SI.com are reporting.

And as the AP adds, "the decision likely jeopardizes the season," which has already been delayed.

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12:11 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Penn State Alum Caught Abuse For Protesting Game

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Most Penn State fans at Saturday's game expressed sympathy for victims of child abuse. Many bought T-shirts to help raise money for PreventChildAbusePA.org. But some took out their frustrations on a lone protester.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Accounts vary on how much flack he caught, but they agree that some Penn State fans did not appreciate John Matko's one-man protest outside the school's football stadium Saturday before the game with Nebraska.

The 34-year-old Penn State alum held two signs with messages such as "put abused kids first. ... Don't be fooled, they all knew. ... Honor the abused kids by cancelling this game and the season NOW."

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11:40 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Farmland Is Real Estate's Big Bright Spot

This headline today on a story behind The Wall Street Journal's paywall ...

"U.S. Farmers Reclaim Land From Developers"

... sent us looking for other reports about what the Journal says is a national trend: "raw land destined for residential development has fallen so far in value that thousands of acres across the country are being used again for agriculture."

A few other pieces underscore the strength in farmland prices:

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The Two-Way
10:27 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Kindle Fire Shipments Begin A Day Early

The Kindle Fire.
Amazon.com

If you've been waiting anxiously for that $199 Kindle Fire tablet you pre-ordered from Amazon.com, this should be welcome news:

The company says it started shipping the tablets today — one day earlier than it had planned.

"Kindle Fire quickly became the bestselling item across all of Amazon.com, and based on customer response we're building millions more than we'd planned," Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, says.

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10:04 am
Mon November 14, 2011

CEO Resigns From Charity Founded By Accused Penn State Child Abuser

Jack Raykovitz has resigned as CEO of The Second Mile — the program for at-risk children founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who's been accused of sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade.

Neither Raykovitz nor anyone else at Second Mile has been accused of any crime. Sandusky, through his lawyer, has maintained his innocence.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Downing Street Defends Larry The Cat After Mouse Sighting

Hey Larry! Wake up!
Mark Large AP

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 9:02 am

Calls for Larry the cat to resign from his position as No. 10 Downing Street's semi-official mouser have been "rebuffed," the BBC reports.

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8:18 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Occupy Oakland Camp Deserted As Police Move In

In Oakland early today, police officers formed a line before entering the Occupy Oakland protest site.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 10:40 am

"Hundreds of police officers raided the Occupy Oakland tent city" early this morning, the Oakland Tribune reports, but there were few if any people there:

"There's no one in the tents, it seems empty. ... It seems about 30-40 tents were taken down in anticipation of the raid."

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7:41 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Herman Cain's Wife Says 'He Totally Respects Women'

Gloria Cain, on Fox News Channel's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.
FoxNews.com

Gloria Cain, who has preferred to stay mostly out of spotlight so far during the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has now been heard from about the sexual harassment charges leveled at her husband, GOP contender Herman Cain.

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7:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Report: Years And Years Of Missed Chances In Penn State Scandal

During Saturday's game against Nebraska, a Penn State fan looks on in State College, Pa.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 7:07 am

Reporter Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., continues to lay out the scope of the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed Penn State University and the many missed chances that authorities had to stop what former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly did to many young boys.

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6:25 am
Mon November 14, 2011

After 'Frenetic' Weekend, Italy Rushes To Limit Financial Damage

Italy's premier-designate, Mario Monti, on Sunday in Rome.
Pier Paolo Cito AP

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 8:25 am

It was a weekend "of frenetic political activity" in Italy, as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli said on Morning Edition, and now the race is on there and in Greece to see if new governments can get those nations' economies back on track and head off a further spread of the so-called eurozone crisis.

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6:10 am
Mon November 14, 2011

In Norway, Confessed Mass Murderer Claims To Be 'Military Commander'

Anders Behring Breivik in 2009.
Norwegian police AFP/Getty Images

Saying "I am a military commander" of a "Norwegian resistance movement" and that prison is torture, the man who has already confessed to the July gun and bomb attacks in Norway that left 77 people dead made his first public court

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10:30 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Mood Is 'Subdued' At Penn State As Game Time Nears

The stands were blue at Penn State University this afternoon, as students and fans of the school's football team showed their symbolic support for victims of child sexual abuse.

Most of the more than 107,000 spectators at the game against Nebraska were wearing blue and many gave money to organizations that battle sexual abuse — their way of responding to the allegations that a former assistant football coach at the school abused young boys for more than a decade, sometimes on campus.

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2:00 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

No Firings At SEC For Missing Madoff's Massive Ponzi Scheme

Seven employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission have been disciplined, but no one has been fired, after investigations into how the agency failed to stop Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme despite repeated warnings that he was stealing billions of dollars from investors, The Washington Post reports.

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1:20 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

'Blue Out' Planned At Penn State Game To Focus Attention On Victims

The "stop child abuse" blue ribbon.
Blue Out PSU vs. Nebraska — Stop Child Abuse!

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 1:23 pm

All the attention this week on the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the protests afterward by many of the school's students and the actions or inaction of school officials when they learned that a former assistant football coach might have been sexually abusing young boy

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12:42 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Mexico's Second-Highest Official Killed In Helicopter Crash

Mexican Interior Secretary Francisco Blake Mora.
Mexican Interior Ministry AFP/Getty Images

Mexican authorities say Secretary of the Interior Francisco Blake Mora, "the highest ranking official in the country after the president" and the person in charge of the fight against drug cartels, has been killed in a helicopter crash, The Associated Press reports from Mexico City. Seven other people also died, according to the Mexican government.

Reuters says that local media are reporting that the minister's helicopter went down south of Mexico City.

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11:25 am
Fri November 11, 2011

MF Global Fires All 1,066 Brokerage Employees

The spectacular collapse of the brokerage unit at MF Global has now cost all 1,066 employees their jobs.

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10:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Rep. Giffords Speaks: Feels 'Pretty Good,' She Tells ABC

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) during her interview with ABC News.
ABC News

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 10:41 am

For the many Americans who have been following the story of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as she recovers from being shot in the head last January, there's now a chance to briefly hear her voice.

She feels "pretty good," Giffords has told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, although things are still "difficult."

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State's Interim President: 'My Heart Aches'

"My heart aches for the victims and the families and my mind searches for answers," Penn State University's interim president, Rodney Erickson, just said at the opening of a meeting of the school's board of trustees.

WPVI-TV is streaming the meeting here.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Fri November 11, 2011

VIDEO: Gov. Perry's 'Top 10 Excuses'

It's become the formula.

1. Have an embarrassing gaffe, such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry did during Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, when he couldn't remember the third of three federal agencies he would eliminate.

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