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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2:38pm

Mon May 9, 2011
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Memphis Emergency Official's Plea: Please Don't Go Near The River

While folks in Memphis anxiously watch and wait as the Mississippi River rises and near-historic flooding continues, the local emergency planning director says he's worried about people who are venturing out to see the display of nature's force.

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2:05pm

Mon May 9, 2011
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Hasidic Newspaper Removes Clinton, Another Woman From Iconic Photo

In case you haven't heard about this editorial decision:

Der Tzitung, a Hasidic newspaper published in Brooklyn, stuck with its editorial policy of never printing photos of women (out of fear that the imagery might be too suggestive) when it used the now iconic photo of President Obama and his advisers anxiously waiting for word from Pakistan about the mission to get al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

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1:32pm

Mon May 9, 2011
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Reports: Ship With 600 Aboard Sank Outside Port Of Tripoli

United Nations officials are investigating reports that an overcrowded ship with 600 people aboard sank Friday "just outside the port of Tripoli," The Associated Press says.

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12:39pm

Mon May 9, 2011
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VIDEO: Wild Tiger Cubs At Play

Making the case that the Indonesian government needs to fulfill its pledge to protect the rare Sumatran tigers that live within its borders, the World Wildlife Fund today released video and photos of 12 tigers that came in view of its hidden camera over the course of two months.

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12:11pm

Mon May 9, 2011
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Three Security Incidents On Passenger Jets Sunday

There's nothing in the stories we see at this time to indicate there's any connection between these incidents or that they have any connection to recent events — most notably the U.S. raid last week that ended with the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

On Sunday:

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11:18am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Gingrich To 'Talk About My Run For President' On Wednesday

"Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m CT. I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States."

And with those words on his Twitter and Facebook pages, it looks like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) is saying he's definitely getting into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination. Hannity is on Fox News Channel.

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10:48am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Study: Apple Replaces Google As World's Most Valuable Brand

All those millions of iPads and new iPhones it sold last helped push Apple past Google in the sixth annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study.

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9:54am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Pakistani Leader: 'Allegations Of Complicity Or Incompetence Are Absurd'

Pakistan's prime minister today rejected speculation that intelligence or military officials in his country helped al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden hide there for five or six years.

"Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd," Yousuf Raza Gilani told his nation's parliament, noting that "hundreds" of suicide bombers have struck in his country and at its political leaders — a sign, he said, that Pakistan is at war with al-Qaida, not in cahoots with the terrorist network.

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9:19am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Bob Dylan Is Songwriter Of Choice For Freewheelin' Justices

When it comes time to put some style into court opinions and legal briefs by plucking a line or two from a songwriter's oeuvre, Bob Dylan's lyrics are by far the No. 1 choice of justices and law clerks around the nation, the Los Angeles Times writes this morning.

Even Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia, two men you would not think of in connection with the writer of many of the 1960s' best-known protest songs, have done it.

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8:35am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Warning: Severe Weather, And Maybe More Tornadoes, Due This Week

After several hundred tornado-related deaths in recent weeks across Alabama and other parts of the south and with historic flooding now happening along sections of the Mississippi River, this isn't the news anyone wants to hear:

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8:05am

Mon May 9, 2011
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Videos Chip Into Bin Laden's 'Mystique;' Focus Continues On Pakistan's Role

Rounding up some of the latest developments related to last week's U.S. raid that ended with the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden:

-- "Videos Pull Back Curtain On Bin Laden's Hidden Life": As NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, videos released by the Pentagon over the weekend may chip away at the mystique surrounding bin Laden.

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4:00pm

Fri May 6, 2011
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No Fillies In The Field, But It's 'Year Of The Women' At The Kentucky Derby

With just the sixth female jockey ever and two female trainers, Saturday's 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is taking on something of a "year of the woman" theme even though there are no fillies running.

But as Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal told All Things Considered host Melissa Block today, the compelling story lines for this year's race don't stop there.

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11:55am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Elvis Has Left The List; Of Most Popular Baby Names, That Is

For the second year in a row, Twillight fans have ensured that Jacob and Isabella were the most popular baby names in the U.S., the Social Security Administration says.

But the big news is that Elvis, a name that had been among the top 1,000 for boys since 1955 thanks to the King of rock 'n' roll's popularity, did not make the list in 2010.

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10:20am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Around Memphis, Mississippi River May Stay Above Flood Level Into June

While the Mississippi River is expected to crest near Memphis by the middle of next week, officials there are warning "that water could remain above flood level through the first of June," local WMC-TV reports.

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9:20am

Fri May 6, 2011
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'SEAL Dog6' Speaks, One Tweet At A Time

He's profane. Certainly not politically correct. And often pretty funny.

Borrowing a page from BronxZoosCobra, someone has gone on Twitter as SEAL_Dog6, the canine commando who was part of the raid on al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's compound.

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8:38am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Unemployment Rate Bumps Up To 9 Percent; 244,000 Jobs Added

While more jobs than expected were added to payrolls last month — 244,000 — the nation's jobless rate went up to 9 percent from 8.8 percent in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported. Economists had thought there was about a 185,000-gain in jobs last month, Bloomberg News says.

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8:25am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Al-Qaida Confirms Bin Laden's Death; Vows To Continue Attacks

The Associated Press and Reuters both just moved "alerts" to say that the al-Qaida terrorist network has "confirmed" the death of Osama bin Laden.

It reportedly did so in an Internet statement.

The AP adds that:

"Friday's statement by the terror network says bin Laden's blood 'will not be wasted' and it will continue attacking Americans and their allies."

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8:20am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Reports: Al-Qaida Planned Train Attack; Bin Laden Wife Hid For Years

Some of the latest headlines and developments related to the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden include:

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7:50am

Fri May 6, 2011
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Musharraf: Incompetence, Not Complicity Let Bin Laden Remain In Pakistan

If Osama bin Laden was indeed living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, for five or six years "one can draw only two conclusions," former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep today.

"One is complicity from our intelligence agencies. The second is incompetence and I strongly believe in the later," Musharraf said.

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3:25pm

Thu May 5, 2011
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Geronimo Descendant Asks For Apology

Calling it "a grievous insult," a great grandson of Apache Chief Geronimo today asked President Obama or Defense Secretary Robert Gates to apologize for the military's use of the codename Geronimo during the raid that ended with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death.

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3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
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Pakistan's Army Concedes 'Shortcomings' In Intelligence

Pakistan's Army today admitted its own "shortcomings" played a role in Osama bin Laden's ability to live in the country, apparently for many years.

"The acknowledgement came after army chief of staff Gen. Ashfaq Kayani convened a meeting of corps commanders," The DAWN media group reports.

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2:35pm

Thu May 5, 2011
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Elie Wiesel: If The Holocaust Is Forgotten, 'Dead Will Be Killed A Second Time'

The Days of Remembrance, the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust, continue through Sunday.

AOL's "You've Got" video series offers this short video essay from Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

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1:05pm

Thu May 5, 2011
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One Commando Had Four Legs; A Dog Reportedly Was Part Of Bin Laden Raid

We shouldn't neglect to mention the reports that along with the 78 or so humans who took part in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound this week, there was a highly trained canine on the team.

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12:10pm

Thu May 5, 2011
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Obama: 'When We Say We Will Never Forget, We Mean What We Say'

Speaking at a New York City firehouse that lost 15 men on Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama said just a short time ago that this week's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden shows that:

"When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say."

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11:15am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Calls Increase To Free Dorothy Parvaz, Reporter Being Held In Syria

Al-Jazeera English is calling on the Syrian government to free one of its reporters, Dorothy Parvaz, who "was detained upon arrival in Damascus [last Friday and] ... has had no contact with the outside world since."

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10:25am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Workers Enter Japanese Reactor Building For First Time Since Disaster

"A team of workers has entered the Reactor Number One building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant for the first time since the hydrogen explosion the day after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami," NHK reports.

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9:40am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Reports: Secret Stealth Black Hawk Helicopters Used In Bin Laden Raid

As experts have gotten a look at photos of the pieces of a U.S. helicopter left behind at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, they've come to the conclusion that commandos were using a stealth version of the famous Black Hawk, Army Times and IHS Jane's report.

Jane's says that:

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9:03am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Jobless Claims Rise Sharply

There were 474,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, up 43,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That's the highest level in eight months, The Associated Press writes. The wire service adds that:

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8:45am

Thu May 5, 2011
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Bin Laden's Protectors Got Off Relatively Few Shots, 'Times' Reports

The New York Times reports this morning that it has been told by Obama administration officials that "the only shots fired" by those who were with Osama bin Laden in his compound "came at the beginning of the operation" conducted by U.S. commandos.

According to the Times, those officials say that:

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4:15pm

Wed May 4, 2011
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Bin Laden's Courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, Had Several Responsibilities

"Now we know his name," NPR's Dina Temple-Raston tells our Newscast desk.

Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti was al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's "favorite courier and right-hand man," according to evidence in secret documents detailing information obtained from detainees held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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