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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7:34am

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi Is Dead, Tripoli Rejoices

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:19 am

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

Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

7:16am

Thu October 20, 2011
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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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2:51pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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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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1:01pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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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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12:45pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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Windy City Indeed: 25-Foot Waves Likely Along Chicago Shoreline Today

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

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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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12:11pm

Wed October 19, 2011
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Mario Andretti: 'No Tension' With Jimmie Johnson Over Indy Car Tragedy

Mario Andretti.

Robert Laberge Getty Images

In the aftermath of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon's death Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there's been a passionate discussion going on in the racing world about whether it was just too risky to have open-wheel-style cars on an oval track with banked turns designed for NASCAR races.

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9:42am

Wed October 19, 2011
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N.Y. Police Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters Is Disciplined

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:06 pm

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

9:17am

Wed October 19, 2011
The Two-Way

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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9:01am

Wed October 19, 2011
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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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8:53am

Wed October 19, 2011
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2011 World Series: A Few Things To Know As Cards, Rangers Get Set

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 10:50 am

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

"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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8:06am

Wed October 19, 2011

7:30am

Wed October 19, 2011
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GOP Contenders Hold 'Raucous' Debate In Vegas

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 7:47 am

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

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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7:14am

Wed October 19, 2011
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Posse Kills, Captures Escaped Animals; Monkey Still Loose

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 7:18 pm

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

Tony Dejak AP

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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1:46pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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Policy Reversed: Marines May Wear 'KIA Bracelets' Honoring The Fallen

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 2:10 pm

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

"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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1:12pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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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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11:46am

Tue October 18, 2011
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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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10:58am

Tue October 18, 2011
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Strip-Search That Man, 'Scrabble' Player Demands

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The Scrabble tile of the letter "G."

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

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9:30am

Tue October 18, 2011
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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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8:46am

Tue October 18, 2011
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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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8:38am

Tue October 18, 2011

8:10am

Tue October 18, 2011
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Report: Truck With Obama's Teleprompter Stolen

"A truck filled with President Obama's podiums and audio equipment," including a teleprompter from which he reads prepared remarks and the presidential seal he stands behind, was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Henrico, Va., on Monday, local WWBT-TV reports.

The vehicle was discovered a short time later outside another local hotel. The TV station says it isn't yet known whether everything inside was recovered.

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7:35am

Tue October 18, 2011
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Secretary Clinton Is In Libya To Unveil New Aid, Hail Country's Freedom

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Tripoli today and while in Libya will both congratulate the Libyan people on their freedom from Moammar Gadhafi and announce several new types of aid headed their way from the U.S., NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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7:15am

Tue October 18, 2011
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Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 3:43 pm

An Israeli Defense Forces photo of Sgt. Gilad Shalit an unknown location today in Israel, following his release.

AFP/Getty Images

A "dazed ... thin and pale" Gilad Shalit is home in Israel today after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas, while Palestinians are joyously celebrating in Ramallah as Israeli authorities begin releasing some of the hundreds of prisoners who are being set free in exchange for the Israeli soldier's release.

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2:50pm

Mon October 17, 2011
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Harbaugh, Schwartz And The Back Slap Heard 'Round The NFL

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:14 pm

Harbaugh (in dark cap and jacket) and Schwartz (in white jacket with blue stripes) are separated by the 49ers' Venron Davis (85).

Rick Osentoski AP

12:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

BlackBerry Customers Offered Free Apps As Apology

Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Last week, Research in Motion apologized for the service outages that swept around the world last week, leaving millions of its BlackBerry users unable to send or receive messages.

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10:54am

Mon October 17, 2011
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Just Doing His Job, Says Firefighter Who Caught Boy Dropped Three Floors

Lt. Glenn McGillivray, Boston firefighter.

WHDH-TV

As flames engulfed a Roxbury, Mass., apartment house early this morning, Judith Lamb desperately held her young grandson out a window. She was shielding him fire and smoke.

That's when Boston Fire Department Lt. Glenn McGillivray "reached his arms out," the Boston Globe reports.

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9:25am

Mon October 17, 2011
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VIDEO: 100-Year-Old Man Finishes Toronto Marathon

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:21 pm

Fauja Singh, 100, celebrates at the finish line after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon AP

8:40am

Mon October 17, 2011

8:20am

Mon October 17, 2011
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Cardinals Vs. Rangers: Which Team Will Win The World Series?

Now we know the matchup.

So it's time to ask: Will it be the St. Louis Cardinals or the Texas Rangers who win the World Series?

The first game is set for Wednesday evening in St. Louis. We'll keep the question open until then.

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7:58am

Mon October 17, 2011
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American Woman Stricken At South Pole Is Now In New Zealand

"An American woman who became ill while working at the South Pole has been evacuated by plane to New Zealand for medical treatment," The Associated Press reports. "Renee-Nicole Douceur tells the AP in an email sent Monday morning that she has landed in Christchurch and is scheduled for tests on Tuesday."

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