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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1:22pm

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Republicans Offer Three-Month Increase In Debt Ceiling

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 2:34 pm

As workers prepare the Capitol for Monday's inaugural ceremony, there's word that Congress might not get into another battle over the debt ceiling.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

In a move that could head off another bruising battle over increasing the nation's debt ceiling, GOP leaders in the House plan to approve a three-month increase in the nation's borrowing authority next week, NPR's S.V. Date reports.

But, he tells our Newscast Desk, Republicans want to tie a longer-term increase to the passage of a budget that cuts spending.

His report continues:

"The plan comes from Majority Leader Eric Cantor as House Republicans wrap up a retreat in Southern Virginia.

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10:36am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Body Exhumed Of Lottery Winner Who Suffered Cyanide-Related Death

Urooj Khan, with his winning lottery ticket. Not long after this photo was taken, he was dead.
AP

The remains of Urooj Khan, the Chicago man who last July died one day after his $425,000 check from the Illinois lottery was cut, were exhumed today, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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9:47am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Acid Thrown In Face Of Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director; He May Lose Sight

Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet, in 2011.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

A masked assailant threw acid into the face of the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director on Thursday in Moscow in what may have been a "reprisal for his selection of dancers in starring roles at the famed Russian company," The Associated Press reports.

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8:41am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Te'o Spoke Of 'Girlfriend' As If She Existed After He Supposedly Learned Of Hoax

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:53 am

Manti Te'o, pointing skyward during Notre Dame's game against Michigan on Sept. 22. That was the day, he said then, of his girlfriend's funeral service. Now, he says he never met her and they had only an online and telephone relationship.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o "perpetuated the heartbreaking story" of a girlfriend's death after he supposedly had learned he was the victim of a hoax and that she never existed, The Associated Press writes.

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7:18am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Livestrong 'Disappointed' By Lance Armstrong, But Still Grateful To Him

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:09 pm

Lance Armstrong, during the interview with Oprah Winfrey that was recorded Monday and began airing Thursday night.
George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network Getty Images

After Part 1 of cyclist Lance Armstrong's confession about doping aired Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Livestrong cancer charity he helped found released a statement that says, in part:

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6:33am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

American Confirmed Dead In Algerian Hostage Crisis

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:56 pm

(We updated the top of this post at 8:55 ET.)

An American worker has been confirmed dead at the natural gas complex in eastern Algeria where Islamic extremists seized hostages, the U.S. State Department said Friday evening in a statement.

The State Department identified the man as Frederick Buttaccio, a Texas resident, but did not provide additional details on the circumstances.

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1:09pm

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

'Dear Abby' Dies; Pauline Phillips Was Adviser To Millions

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:52 pm

Pauline Phillips — Dear Abby — in 2001.
Fred Prouser Reuters /Landov

Pauline Phillips, known to millions of advice-seekers around the world as the original "Dear Abby," has died. She was 94.

The company that syndicates Dear Abby says on its website that she "died Wednesday ... in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease."

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Thu January 17, 2013

9:02am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Olympics Asks Lance Armstrong To Return His Bronze Medal

Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, celebrating his bronze medal performance.
Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty Images

As those who care wait anxiously for Part 1 of cycling superstar Lance Armstrong's confessional with Oprah Winfrey, there's word that the International Olympic Committee has asked Armstrong to return the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics.

The IOC's statement says:

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8:31am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Manti Te'o: Story Attributed To Parents Hard To Reconcile With Hoax Report

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:53 pm

Manti T'eo.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

If you're trying to make sense of the news that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o now says he was the victim of a hoax and that the woman he thought was his "girlfriend" never existed and never died, you'll want to read an Oct. 12 story published by the South Bend Tribune.

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7:45am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims At Five-Year Low; Home Building Hit Five-Year High In 2012

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:53 pm

Going up in Chicago: Row houses under construction.
Scott Olson Getty Images

There were 335,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 37,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That's the lowest total for any one week since January 2008.

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6:52am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

In Algeria: Some Hostages May Have Escaped

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 3:57 pm

Algerian men look at national newspapers headlining the terrorist attack and kidnapping in Amenas at a news stand in Algiers on Thursday.
Ouahab Hebbat AP

Events are happening quickly at the gas facility in eastern Algeria where Islamist militants seized a large group of hostages — perhaps as many as 41 of them foreigners who apparently include some Americans — on Wednesday.

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1:45pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:59 pm

Conrad Bain, with actors Todd Bridges (left) and Gary Coleman (right) in 1978 when they were starring on Diff'rent Strokes.
NBC Television Getty Images

He'll always be best known as "the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes," as The Associated Press writes.

Conrad Bain, 89, died Monday in Livermore, Calif., his daughter says.

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10:51am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama On Gun Violence: Americans Must Stand Up And Say 'Enough'

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:09 pm

President Obama at the White House today, with Vice President Biden in the background.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

At a White House event with children who wrote him letters after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today said the nation cannot wait any longer to do what can be done to reduce gun violence.

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10:13am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: French Troops Fighting In Mali, Foreign Hostages Grabbed In Algeria

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:32 am

CIA World Factbook

After five days of airstrikes aimed at Islamist rebels, French troops are engaged in their first ground battles with those forces in Mali, according to several news outlets.

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