Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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8:10am

Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

British Embassy In Iran Attacked

Protesters described by state media as "students" have broken into the British embassy in Tehran and there are reports of stones and "petrol bombs" being thrown.

This follows the vote by Iran's parliament on Sunday to further reduce ties with the U.K. because of Britain's support for tighter sanctions on Iran due to its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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7:25am

Tue November 29, 2011
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American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:39 am

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

American Airlines, one of the giants of the U.S. airline industry, just announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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7:15am

Tue November 29, 2011
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'Massive' Turnout Continues In Egypt On Second Day Of Voting

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 7:18 am

Votes piled up inside a ballot box at a polling station in Old Cairo earlier today (Nov. 29, 2011).
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

A second day of voting is underway in Egypt's parliamentary elections, with turnout being described as "massive and unexpected" and things moving along peacefully, The Associated Press and NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro report from Cairo.

According to the wire service:

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2:35pm

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Urban Meyer Takes Ohio State Job

Urban Meyer: He won two football championships at Florida. Ohio State hopes he can bring more to Columbus.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Urban Meyer, who led the Florida Gators to two national football championships, will indeed be taking the head coaching job at Ohio State, according to reports from The Columbus Dispatch, ESPN and several other news outlets. There's a news conference at the school scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET.

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1:45pm

Mon November 28, 2011
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Kansas Gov.: Teen Doesn't Need To Apologize For Tweet

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 2:41 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
John Hanna AP

There's no need for 18-year-old Emma Sullivan to apologize and his staff overreacted by telling officials at her high school that the teen had tweeted about how the governor "sucked," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) said today.

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10:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
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Reports: Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
Mark Wilson Getty Images

WBUR in Boston reports it has confirmed that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek re-election in 2012.

CNN says that "Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from [his] office."

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9:45am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

At Occupy LA: Some Arrests, But 'Mostly Peaceful'

Earlier today in Los Angeles: An Occupy LA" protester on the street in front of city hall.
Michal Czerwonka Getty Images

"Police arrested several people early Monday at the Occupy L.A. demonstration outside City Hall, but then the commotion quickly died down," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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9:15am

Mon November 28, 2011

9:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
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Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The news that the holiday shopping season got a strong start on its unofficial launch day — Black Friday — has helped push stock index futures up sharply this morning.

After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.

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8:15am

Mon November 28, 2011
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'We Do Not Tolerate Abuse,' Syracuse Chancellor Says As She Fires Coach

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 8:53 am

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine during a game in March 2009. He was fired Sunday.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

The news from Syracuse University concerning child molestation allegations against assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine — which he denies — took several dramatic turns Sunday.

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7:30am

Mon November 28, 2011
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'Rage' In Pakistan, Deep Concern In U.S. After NATO Attack

Pakistani boys in Lahore joined in a protest Sunday about the NATO attacks that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

The foreign minister says there is "rage" in Pakistan about the NATO airstrike over the weekend that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan.

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6:45am

Mon November 28, 2011
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Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 3:06 pm

An Egyptian woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in the Manial neighborhood of Cairo earlier today (Nov. 28, 2011).
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago.

So far, according to reports from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests in major cities and the violent response to them from authorities.

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2:26pm

Wed November 23, 2011
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FBI Raid Nabs 7 Suspected In Amish Beard Attacks

Sam Mullet outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio, earlier this year.
Amy Sancetta AP

"The FBI and local sheriff's deputies this morning raided an Amish compound in Ohio and arrested seven men, including reputed breakaway sect leader Sam Mullet, on federal hate crimes charges and related state violations in connection to a series of beard-cutting attacks against other Amish across Ohio," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

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1:52pm

Wed November 23, 2011
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From KQED: 'Faces of Occupy San Francisco'

Two months along, who are the people camped out at Occupy San Francisco? Our colleagues at KQED send along a photo gallery produced by Michelle Gachet. Click on each image for a caption about who's in it:

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11:51am

Wed November 23, 2011
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40 Miles Of 'Sticky Goo' Damages 150 Cars In Pennsylvania

We have to pass along more about this bullet from our Thanksgiving travel roundup:

"Some motorists were delayed for hours last night and early today on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh when 'a tar-like substance ... leaked from a tanker,' the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports."

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11:10am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Planning To Fry That Turkey? Watch These Videos First

Frozen turkey hot oil = big problem.
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10:15am

Wed November 23, 2011
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It's Crowded Out There Again, Got A Holiday Travel Tip To Share?

News nuggets like these are holiday classics:

-- "42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a four percent increase from the 40.9 million people who traveled one year ago," the AAA says.

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9:30am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Noriega To Be Extradited To Panama

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 9:33 am

Gen. Manuel Noriega back in the day (August, 1989).
Manoocher Deghati AFP/Getty Images

It looks like former dictator Manuel Noriega will spend his last days in a Panamanian jail cell.

"A Paris appeals court ruled Wednesday to grant an extradition request from Panama so the elderly ex-military strongman can serve out sentences given after he was convicted in absentia there, in the latest phase of his complex legal odyssey," The Associated Press reports.

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9:10am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Spending Barely Grew In October, But Income Growth Picked Up

The good news: Americans' personal income grew 0.4 percent in October from September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. It's the best gain in seven months and could mean consumers will have enough money in hand to make the critical holiday shopping season a pretty good one.

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8:58am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Penn State Scandal: Sandusky Likely To Be Remanded To Jail, Lawyer Says

The news that Jerry Sandusky is being investigated in two more cases of alleged child sex abuse will likely mean that the former Penn State assistant football coach will be remanded to jail before a Dec. 13 preliminary hearing about the case, his lawyer says.

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8:24am

Wed November 23, 2011

8:00am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Texas Judge Videotaped Beating Daughter Is Suspended With Pay

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
YouTube.com (warning, video is graphic)

The Texas judge who sparked national outrage earlier this month when he was seen on video beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been suspended with pay while authorities continue their investigation, the Texas Supreme Court has announced.

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7:30am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Yemeni Leader Saleh Reportedly Ready To Sign Handover Deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a photo provided his office earlier this month. He wears gloves to protect his hands, which were injured during an assassination attempt earlier this year.
AFP/Getty Images

He's said he'd do something like this before and then not followed through. So keep that in mind when you hear that:

"Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a Gulf power-transfer initiative brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), the country's state television has reported." (Al-Jazeera)

Yemen's Foreign Press office has released this statement:

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7:22am

Wed November 23, 2011
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More Clashes In Cairo As Protests Continue; Opposition May Be Splitting

Egyptian protesters carried away a man suffering from tear gas during clashes with riot police earlier today near Tahrir Square, in Cairo.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

It's Day 5 of the renewed protests in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.

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3:10pm

Tue November 22, 2011
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Obama Gets Heckled, Occupy-Style

A protester shouts during a speech by President Obama today in Manchester, N.H.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Here's what it sounds like when protesters use the Occupy Wall Street "human microphone" technique to heckle the commander in chief.

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1:25pm

Tue November 22, 2011
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Seven More Years In Prison For Blagojevich Adviser Tony Rezko

Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was an adviser and fundraiser for convicted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and also raised money for then-state Sen. Barack Obama before Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, was sentenced today to serve seven more years in prison.

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12:30pm

Tue November 22, 2011
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Occupy Updates: L.A. Offers Space, Marchers Arrive In D.C.

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 12:34 pm

At Occupy Los Angeles: Protesters, and one dog, take part in a yoga session.
David McNew Getty Images

A small group of Occupy Wall Street supporters who have taken two weeks to walk from New York to Washington, D.C., arrived in the nation's capital today, The Washington Post reports. They're hoping to temporarily occupy a patch of land on the National Mall.

That's one bit of Occupy-related news today. Others:

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10:30am

Tue November 22, 2011
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Pakistan's Ambassador To U.S. Resigns Amid 'Memogate' Controversy

"I have requested PM Gilani to accept my resignation as Pakistan Ambasssador to US," Husain Haqqani just wrote on his Twitter page.

And he followed that with this statement: "I have much to contribute to building a new Pakistan free of bigotry & intolerance. Will focus energies on that."

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9:40am

Tue November 22, 2011
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'4.74 Degrees Of Kevin Bacon' Just Doesn't Sound As Good As 6

Kevin Bacon: Six degrees has been the standard when it comes to him.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Who would want to play "4.74 Degrees of Kevin Bacon?"

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9:06am

Tue November 22, 2011

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