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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10:20am

Mon April 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Won't Weigh In On Health Care Law Just Yet

"The Supreme Court has rejected a call from Virginia's attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the [Obama] health care law on a fast track," The Associated Press reports.

The wire service adds that "only rarely, in wartime or a constitutional crisis, does the court step into a legal fight before the issues are aired in appellate courts. Hearings already are scheduled in May and June in three appeals courts. The case still could reach the high court in time for a decision by early summer 2012."

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9:55am

Mon April 25, 2011
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Antoine Dodson, 'Bed Intruder Song' Star, Charged With Pot Possession

Becoming an Internet sensation, and then riding that fame to TV appearances, merchandise sales and a fledgling career as an artist and entrepreneur, brings the kind of attention you may not want as well.

So it is with Antoine Dodson, star of the Bed Intruder Song mash-up craze that went viral last year.

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9:30am

Mon April 25, 2011
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Bahrain's Crown Prince Won't Be Attending The Royal Wedding

While "Bahrain's crown prince on Sunday declined an invitation to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, saying he did not want the Gulf nation's unrest to tarnish the celebration," there's still a "furore over [the] royal wedding guest list," writes Britain's The Independent.

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8:45am

Mon April 25, 2011
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Haven't Password-Protected Your Router? This Story May Convince You To

As he lay on the floor "with assault weapons trained on him" and federal agents accusing him of being a pedophile and pornographer, a man in Buffalo, N.Y., realized he'd made an awful mistake.

He hadn't password-protected his new router and someone had been using his wireless connection to download child porn.

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7:50am

Mon April 25, 2011
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Also In WikiLeaks Papers: Al-Qaida Leaders' Movements Following Sept. 11

There's a lot to read this morning about the suspected terrorists who have been held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as just where many of al-Qaida's top leaders were on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day of the worst terrorist tasks ever on U.S. soil — and in subsequent weeks.

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2:10pm

Fri April 22, 2011
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New Photos Released Of Man Wanted For Questioning About Colo. Pipe Bomb

Saying that "our continuing joint investigation has revealed the person previously considered a 'person of interest' [is now] a possible 'suspect' in the investigation," the FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force has released three more photos of the man authorities want to question about a pipe bomb found in a Colorado shopping mall on Wednesday.

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1:00pm

Fri April 22, 2011
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Teen Faked Pregnancy For Project; Was Made To Feel 'Alone And Ashamed'

Since the Yakima Herald-Republic wrote Wednesday about how 17-year-old A-student Gaby Rodriguez pretended to be pregnant all school year, as a social experiment about stereotypes faced by teen mothers, the story has gone national.

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11:40am

Fri April 22, 2011
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Case Against Blackwater Guards Resurrected By Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in Washington said today that a lower court judge was wrong to dismiss the cases against four private security guards accused in the 2007 shooting deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians in downtown Baghdad.

According to The Associated Press, "a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Friday that [Judge Ricardo] Urbina wrongly interpreted the law" when he ruled that the Justice Department had "mishandled evidence and violated the guards' constitutional rights."

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11:05am

Fri April 22, 2011
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Trump Is Serious About Running For President, Columnist Krauthammer Says

After talking with Donald Trump on Thursday, he's convinced that the developer/reality TV personality is really running for president, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News Channel's Hannity last night.

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10:20am

Fri April 22, 2011
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Nice Goal! Red Bulls' Juan Agudelo Double Taps A Shot To Score

As we said Thursday, about soccer player Sergio Ramos' slippery grip and the damage it caused when he dropped a prestigious trophy under his team's bus, soccer players are better with their feet than their hands.

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9:55am

Fri April 22, 2011
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It's Earth Day

And since this is a day for doing things to keep the planet healthy, here's an iconic view: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.

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9:15am

Fri April 22, 2011
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On Good Friday, Christians Reflect; 'God Is By Your Side,' Pope Says

This is Good Friday, "the solemn day when Christians reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Christ," as The Associated Press says.

In Jerusalem, NPR's Jackie Northam was there as Christians from all over the world took part in an annual rite. They "wended their way through the crowded, cobblestone streets of old Jerusalem singing hymns in their native tongues and reading Gospels."

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8:25am

Fri April 22, 2011
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Toyota Production Won't Be Normal Until Year's End

Good morning.

As we've already said, there are reports of tear gas and shots being fired by authorities at protesters in Syria — where "Great Friday" demonstrations are under way.

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7:55am

Fri April 22, 2011
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Some Sept. 11 Responders To Be Cross-Checked Against Terrorism List

"Tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI's terrorism watch list," The Huffington Post reports.

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7:30am

Fri April 22, 2011
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In Libya, McCain Says Rebels Are Heroes

"They are my heroes," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said today as he visited Benghazi, Libya — a rebel-held city where the opposition to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is centered.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and top GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is the highest-ranking American official to visit rebel-held Eastern Libya, The Associated Press writes.

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7:15am

Fri April 22, 2011
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Protests Under Way In Syria; Tear Gas Reportedly Being Fired

"Syrian security forces fired tear gas on Friday to disperse a pro-democracy protest in the historic Midan district of Damascus," a witness tells Reuters.

And in the southern city of Daraa, several thousand people are demonstrating, Reuters says.

For about five weeks now, some Syrians have been taking to the streets to demand reforms and express opposition to the regime of President Bashar Assad.

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3:50pm

Thu April 21, 2011
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Pray For Rain This Weekend, Gov. Perry Asks Texans

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has declared "the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas."

And in a proclamation issued today, Perry says "I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life."

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3:24pm

Thu April 21, 2011
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U.S. To Fly Armed Drones Over Libya

President Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in the skies over Libya, The Associated Press reports, adding that Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the news at a Pentagon news conference.

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2:25pm

Thu April 21, 2011
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Protesters Interrupt Obama With Song; 'Where's Our Change?' They Ask

Singing "we'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true; look at the Republicans — what else can we do?" a small group of protesters interrupted President Obama's appearance at a San Francisco fundraiser today with a song that ended with the question "we paid our dues, where's our change?"

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that "a few minutes into Mr. Obama's comments, a woman stood up and said, 'We wrote a song for you, Mr. President.' Then the table began to sing."

As they did, the group held up signs that said "Free Bradley Manning."

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1:45pm

Thu April 21, 2011
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Obama's Approval Rating In 'Lower Range' Of Recent Presidents, Gallup Says

The pollsters at Gallup, who have lots of historical data to compare things to, report today that "Barack Obama averaged 46.7% job approval in his ninth quarter in office, slightly above his seventh- and eighth-quarter averages but still the third lowest of his presidency."

And, Gallup adds:

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12:25pm

Thu April 21, 2011
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A 'Numb' Colleague On Hetherington, Hondros And What Photojournalists Do

Our NPR colleague David Gilkey is among the best photojournalists in the world, as his honors (including a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the 2011 "still photographer of the year" award from the White House News Photographers Association) attest.

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10:40am

Thu April 21, 2011
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OOPS: Real Madrid Player Drops Trophy Under Team's Bus

If he'd been using his feet instead of his hands, maybe this wouldn't have happened:

Sergio Ramos, one of the best players on one of Spain's best soccer teams, dropped the trophy from the top of an open-air bus Wednesday night as he and his Real Madrid teammates were celebrating their Copa del Rey (King's Cup) victory over arch-rival Barcelona.

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10:10am

Thu April 21, 2011
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'Domestic Terrorism' Possible In Case Of Pipe Bomb In Mall Near Columbine

The FBI has "identified a person of interest in what [it is] calling a case of domestic terrorism" in Jefferson County, Colo., just two miles from Columbine High School, Denver's KUSA-TV reports.

And, the station adds, "the fact that [a] pipe bomb and propane tanks were found on the 12th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School is not lost on investigators."

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9:10am

Thu April 21, 2011
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Jobless Claims Dip By 13,000

There were 403,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That's 13,000 fewer than during the previous week.

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9:04am

Thu April 21, 2011
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Elisabeth Sladen: Best 'Dr. Who' Companion Ever?

Doctor Who fans around the world are mourning this week's death of actress Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith — one of the good doctor's companions — during some of the TV series' classic years in the '70s. She was 63 and died of cancer.

Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog writes that:

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8:10am

Thu April 21, 2011
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Wael Ghonim Tops 'Time' Magazine's Latest 100 Most Influential People List

He became for many the face of the protesters in Cairo back in February.

Now, Google executive Wael Ghonim is on the "2011 Time 100" — the magazine's latest list of the most influential people in the world.

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7:45am

Thu April 21, 2011
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'No-Go Zone' Created Around Japanese Nuclear Power Plant

Good morning.

In Japan, The Associated Press reports, officials have "declared a 12-mile evacuation zone around a tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant a no-go zone ... urging residents to abide by the order for the sake of their own safety."

The Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant was crushed by the tsunami that followed the massive March 11 earthquake that struck North Central Japan.

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7:15am

Thu April 21, 2011
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Gas At $6 A Gallon This Summer? It Could Happen, Analyst Warns

A weak dollar, ongoing troubles in the Middle East and North Africa and rising demand from strengthening economies could combine this summer to push average gasoline prices in the U.S. not just above $4 or $5 a gallon, but all the way to $6, energy strategist Richard Hastings tells CNBC.

The Associated Press reports that nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.84 on Wednesday, according to AAA — though (since that is an average, after all) it's already higher in some places.

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3:35pm

Wed April 20, 2011
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'Tiger Cub' Is Blogging, Wants To Show She's Not A 'Mindless Robot'

For those who continue to follow the story of Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and the daughters she raised with what some consider to be a harsh philosophy of parenting:

Sophia Chua-Rubinfeld, the elder daughter, is now blogging at New Tiger in Town.

Why is she doing it?

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2:54pm

Wed April 20, 2011
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Photojournalist Tim Hetherington Said To Have Been Killed In Libya

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:58 am

Photojournalist Tim Hetherington, at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards - Nominated Docs! Reception on February 23, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. His film Restrepo was nominated for a Best Documentary Feature.
Valerie Macon Getty Images

An award-winning photojournalist known for his incredible work in war zones died today in the Libyan city of Misrata, according to two of the organizations he worked for.

Tim Hetherington was killed when a mortar struck near where he was working, Vanity Fair and Panos Pictures (via CNN) say.

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