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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7:09am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Today's 'Plan B' Vote: Part Of Posturing Or A Push Over The 'Fiscal Cliff?'

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:45 am

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  • On 'Morning Edition': Mara Liasson and David Greene

With the House set to vote this afternoon on Republicans' "Plan B" for avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff, the questions that have been asked every day for weeks are being asked yet again, with added urgency:

Are we headed over that "cliff" of automatic spending cuts, tax increases and expiring job benefits? Or are President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, closer to a deal than they're letting on in public?

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1:29pm

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Penalty Possible In Court Martial Of Army Sgt. Accused Of Afghan Killings

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an August 2011 training exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Spc. Ryan Hallock AFP/Getty Images

The Army staff sergeant accused in the March 11 murders of 16 Afghan civilians and shooting of six others could be given the death penalty if he's convicted of all the charges officially filed against him this week, a General Court-Martial Convening Authority announced Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, prosecutors say, attacked two villages near his base in southern Afghanistan. Among the 16 people killed, nine were children.

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12:19pm

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Let Teachers Carry Guns? Some State Lawmakers Say Yes

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:52 pm

A sign some would like to see amended at schools.
Dave Kaup Reuters /Landov

There are reports from a variety of states about local lawmakers who want to give teachers the right to bring guns to school. They're making the case that school shootings such as the one Friday in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 small children and six adults dead could be prevented or stopped if some school staffers were armed.

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11:50am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

'Take Me Out Of It,' President Urges GOP, And 'Take The Deal'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:32 pm

With the end-of-year deadline looming on automatic tax increases and spending cuts, President Obama on Wednesday made the case that Republicans should recognize "I have met them at least halfway in order to get something done for the country."

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11:29am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Asks Biden To Draft 'Concrete Proposals' On Guns By January

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:28 pm

Vice President Biden watched as President Obama spoke earlier today in the White House briefing room.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Saying the nation has a "deep obligation" to take steps to reduce gun violence, President Obama confirmed Wednesday that he's asked Vice President Biden to head a task force charged with drafting "concrete proposals, no later than January."

And, Obama said, he will push them "without delay."

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9:42am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Says Obama Would Veto GOP's 'Plan B' For Avoiding 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 10:22 am

The president would use his pen to just say no, White House promises.
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Making the case that the "Plan B" proposed by House Republicans to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year "does not meet the test of balance," the White House announced this morning that President Obama would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.

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9:09am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Robert Bork, Who Was Turned Down For Supreme Court, Dies

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:26 pm

Judge Robert Bork in September 1987, at the Senate hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Charles Tasnadi AP

Robert Bork, who was at the center of Senate hearings that "marked the modern battle lines over judicial nominations," as NPR's Nina Totenberg has said, is dead, according to The New York Times, Fox News and The Associated Press.

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8:07am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

UPDATE: 'Eagle Snatches Kid' Video Makers Admit Hoax

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:14 pm

Real or not?
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7:20am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Newtown Shootings: Funerals Continue; Biden To Lead Task Force

Candles with the names of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at a makeshift memorial near the entrance to the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Some of today's headlines and news about the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. Twenty children and six adults were killed by the gunman who attacked Sandy Hook Elementary:

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7:02am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

President Obama Is 'Time' Magazine's 'Person Of The Year'

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Writing that "after four of the most challenging years in the nation's history, his chance to leave office as a great president who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach," Time magazine has named President Obama its "person of the year."

The others on Time's "short list" were:

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6:18am

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

UBS To Pay $1.5 Billion For 'Routine And Widespread' Rate Rigging

The logo of Swiss banking giant UBS in Zurich, Switzerland.
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Swiss banking giant UBS AG has agreed to pay $1.5 billion in fines to regulators in the U.S., Britain and Switzerland for its part in a scheme to manipulate the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR), which is used to set rates on contracts around the world.

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2:46pm

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

How Much Good Can You Do? There's A Calculator For That

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

Toby Ord, founder of Giving What We Can.
Giving What We Can

This time of year, many are thinking about giving to one charity or another and wondering just how much good their donations will do.

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12:59pm

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Supports New Bid To Ban Assault Weapons, Close Gun Show 'Loophole'

At the Freddie Bear Sports shop in Tinley Park, Ill., Jason Zielinski shows AR-15 style rifles to a customer.
Scott Olson Getty Images

President Obama has thrown his support behind a leading Democratic senator's effort to reinstate a ban on assault weapons — another sign that Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut has put gun control back on Washington's political agenda.

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11:24am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

No Federal 'Cyberstalking' Charges Against Woman In Petraeus Affair

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:54 pm

Paula Broadwell in July 2011.
ISAF Reuters /Landov

Paula Broadwell, whose affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation from the post of CIA director, will not face federal charges related to the alleged cyberstalking of another woman, according to a letter sent by the Justice Department to Broadwell's attorney.

Robert Muse, Broadwell's lawyer, has released the letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow that says, in part:

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10:04am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Nancy Lanza, Gunman's Mother: From 'Charmed Upbringing' To First Victim

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:34 pm

Nancy J. Lanza, mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza, was one of the 26 victims of the mass shooting on Friday.
Handout Courtesy of family of Nancy Lanza via Getty Images

Before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and began a rampage that would leave 20 children and six adults dead, police say, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home in Newtown, Conn.

Who was Nancy Lanza, 52?

A picture is emerging.

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