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
6:49 am
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Ambassador Leaves Syria Due To 'Credible Threats'

Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria.

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

"The U.S. has pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad's government for the threats.," The Associated Press writes. "State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday that Ambassador Robert Ford returned to Washington this weekend after 'credible threats against his personal safety.' "

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Napoli, Holland Are Names To Remember As Rangers Even Series At 2-2

Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland and catcher Mike Napoli celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in game four of the MLB World Series.

Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Pitcher Derek Holland gave up just two hits over 8 1/3 innings as his Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Sunday night and evened the best-of-seven World Series at two games each.

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Pujols Has 'Greatest Night' Ever, Cards Lead World Series 2-1

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his third home run of the game — tying a World Series single-game record — Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. His team beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:02 pm

Three home runs. Five hits. Six runs batted in.

Sounds like what a Major League Baseball team might do on a typical night.

But that's what one guy — the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols — did Saturday evening against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the World Series. His heroics led the Cards to a 16-7 win and a two-games-to-one advantage in the best-of-7 fall classic.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Gadhafi Was Killed In Crossfire, Interim Prime Minister Says

Moammar Gadhafi was killed in the crossfire of a battle between his supporters and fighters loyal to the opposition that topped the dictator's regime, Libya's interim prime minister told NPR this afternoon.

"Nobody can tell if the [fatal] shot was from the rebel fighters or from his own security guard," Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Obama: Libya's 'Dark Shadow Of Tyranny Has Been Lifted'

A year ago, President Obama just said, "the notion of a free Libya" seemed far-fetched.

But today, with the death of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the "dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted" in that North African nation, the president added.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Top Stories: Gadhafi's Fate; Animals In Ohio; World Series

Good morning.

We'll have to make this roundup short and sweet so that we can get back to following the day's hottest breaking news:

-- Reports: Gadhafi Stronghold Has Fallen; His Status Uncertain.

Our other headlines so far today:

-- In Ohio: All Animals Accounted For, Sheriff Says.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Gadhafi Is Dead, Tripoli Rejoices

Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011.

Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:19 am

The end has come for Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for more than 40 years and over the decades became one of the world's most notorious dictators and sponsors of terrorism.

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The Two-Way
6:16 am
Thu October 20, 2011

In Ohio: All Animals Accounted For, Sheriff Says

After a harrowing night and day spent hunting escaped bears, lions, tigers and other dangerous animals, authorities in Muskingum County, Ohio, believe they have killed, captured or otherwise accounted for 56 animals that were freed Tuesday from a private reserve by a man who it's believed then killed himself.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Fed Sees An Expanding Economy; Check How Its Language Has Changed

Eight times a year the Federal Reserve releases "beige book" reports about how the economy is doing. Named for the traditional color of their covers and based on reports from the central bank's 12 districts, they're largely anecdotal and full of generalizations about what businesses leaders and others are saying about current conditions.

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Reports: U.S. To Resume Talks With North Korea, Appoint New Envoy

"The United States will hold a fresh round of talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program next week and appoint a new full-time envoy as its seeks to deepen its engagement with the reclusive regime," U.S. officials and a Washington-based foreign diplomat tell The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Windy City Indeed: 25-Foot Waves Likely Along Chicago Shoreline Today

Waves were already crashing along Chicago's shore with Lake Michigan earlier today.

nbcchicago.com

High winds, heavy rain and waves of up to 25 feet are forecast for later today along Chicago's shore with Lake Michigan.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Wed October 19, 2011

N.Y. Police Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters Is Disciplined

Members of the Occupy Wall Street community protest outside of the Manhattan District Attorney's office to demand the release of their fellow protesters who were arrested on Oct. 18 in New York City.

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 12:06 pm

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8:17 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Clashes In Streets Reported As Greeks Protest Austerity Measures

Outside the Greek parliament building today, protesters burned a guard box.

Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

"Greek riot police have fired tear gas and fought running battles with protesters, amid a 48-hour general strike that has paralyzed the country," the BBC reports.

It adds that: "Tens of thousands are out on the streets of Athens to protest against the government's austerity measures. Some protesters have been hurling smoke bombs and stones at the police."

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Housing Starts Rise; Consumer Prices Go Up Slightly

Two more pieces of data to add to the economic mix:

-- Builders started work on 5.7 percent more housing units in September than in August, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report. The number of "housing starts," 594,000 at an annual rate, were still down 5 percent from August 2010. But, The Associated Press notes, the pace was the fastest in 17 months — "a hopeful sign for the struggling housing market."

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Wed October 19, 2011

2011 World Series: A Few Things To Know As Cards, Rangers Get Set

Tuesday: St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols runs during practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis.

Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 9:50 am

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today.

But while the outcome may be difficult to predict because both teams can make compelling cases for why they should emerge victorious, Tom said the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers has some very compelling story lines. The Series is set to begin tonight in St. Louis (game time is 8:05 p.m. ET. Fox-TV is the broadcaster.)

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The Two-Way
7:06 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Top Stories: Hunt For Escaped Animals; Strikes In Greece; GOP Debate

Good morning.

Our early posts today were:

-- GOP Contenders Hold 'Raucous' Debate In Vegas

-- Posse Continues Hunt For Escaped Animals In Ohio

The day's other top headlines include:

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Wed October 19, 2011

GOP Contenders Hold 'Raucous' Debate In Vegas

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry got into a heated exchange about immigration during Tuesday's GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 6:47 am

The reviews are in about last night's CNN Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas and the consensus seems to be that it was a slugfest in Sin City:

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6:14 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Posse Kills, Captures Escaped Animals; Monkey Still Loose

A sign warning motorists that exotic animals are on the loose rests on I-70 Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 6:18 pm

Armed deputies have found and killed nearly all the animals — including lions, tigers and bears — that escaped from a Zanesville, Ohio, private preserve on Tuesday, the local sheriff told reporters early this afternoon.

Investigators believe the preserve's owner, Terry Thompson, freed the 50-or-so animals and then killed himself. He was found dead at the scene.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Policy Reversed: Marines May Wear 'KIA Bracelets' Honoring The Fallen

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes marines.mil

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 1:10 pm

"The Marine Corps is ending its controversial ban on bracelets honoring U.S. troops killed in combat," Marine Corps Times is reporting.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

VIDEO: Lubbock Goes Dark As Dust Storm Swallows City

As we've seen before this year, when a "haboob" rolls over a city the results can be awesome — and not in a good way if you're caught in it.

Monday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas, a massive dust storm turned day into night in less than a minute. Check this video from local TV station KLBK and The Associated Press (which loops once).

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Goldman Sachs Lost $428 Million In Third Quarter

Bank of America's report of a $6.2 billion profit in the third quarter, as we said earlier, has many analysts pointing out that it was mostly due to one-time accounting changes and asset sales. Still, BofA's stock is up slightly at this hour.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Strip-Search That Man, 'Scrabble' Player Demands

The Scrabble tile of the letter "G."

istockphoto.com

Tipping the board over and telling mom that "he's cheating!" wasn't an option, so:

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Bank Of America Reports $6.2 Billion Profit

Though the number is huge — $6.2 billion — this morning's third-quarter profit news from Bank of America is generating a lot of "yeah, but" analyses.

As in:

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Higher Fuel And Food Costs Drive Wholesale Prices Up

There was a 0.8 percent increase in wholesale prices from August to September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Much of the gain was due to higher costs for fuel and food. Without those two volatile sectors, prices went up 0.2 percent.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Top Stories: Prisoner Swap, Clinton In Libya, Stocks Drop

Good morning.

Our earlier headlines on breaking news were:

-- Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins.

-- Secretary Clinton Is In Libya To Unveil New Aid, Hail Country's Freedom.

And we also posted on this odd report:

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