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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8:48am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

For Sikhs, 'Anger Is Not Just Futile, It's A Sin'

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 10:06 am

Mourners gathered Tuesday night in Oak Creek, Wis.
Darren Hauck Getty Images
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Swaranjit Arora.

Sunday's attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, which left six people and the gunman dead, has for many of us opened a window on a religion, a culture and a people we know little about.

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7:53am

Wed August 8, 2012

7:30am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Flooding In Philippines Forces 400,000 To Evacuate; 16 Deaths Reported

A man paddled an improvised raft along a flooded street in suburban Manila earlier today.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

The scope of the flooding in Manila and other parts of the Philippines due to torrential rains in recent days is daunting.

According to the country's disaster response agency:

-- 1.2 million people are in affected areas.

-- Nearly 400,000 have fled to evacuation centers or homes of friends or relatives.

-- At least 16 deaths have been attributed to flooding or landslides.

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6:21am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Situation In Sinai Is 'Extremely Dangerous' As Egypt Moves Against Militants

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 7:27 am

In Cairo on Tuesday, Egyptian Army military policemen carried the coffin of one of the 16 border guards killed during an attack on a crossing post in the northern Sinai on Sunday.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images
  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Leila Fadel on 'Morning Edition'

The news that Egypt's military has attacked groups of what it says are "Islamist militants" in the Sinai with missiles from aircraft and shells fired from tanks underscores how "extremely dangerous" the situation has quickly become along that nation's border with Israel, NPR's Leila Fadel said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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12:34pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Once Again, A Call To Remember The Victims; This Time In Wisconsin

In Brookfield, Wis., on Monday members of a Sikh community held a candle-light vigil for those who were killed and injured.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

After the July 20 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., there were calls to focus as much or more on the victims and their stories as on the gunman.

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10:39am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

British Bank Denies Laundering Iranian Money; Say It's Not A 'Rogue Institution'

  • Steve Inskeep speaks with Jim Zarroli on 'Morning Edition'

As its stock tumbled today following word that New York State regulators have labeled it a "rogue institution" that allegedly hid about 60,000 secret transactions involving $250 billion in Iranian funds, Britain's Standard Chartered Bank strongly denied the accusations.

It "rejects the position or portrayal of facts as set out in the order," the bank said.

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9:30am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

One Clue To Romney's Veep Pick: Whose Wiki Page Is Getting The Most Edits?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 6:46 am

Wikipedia's entry for Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Is today's activity there a clue to Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick?
Wikipedia

Tech President reminds us that one way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders' Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.

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8:40am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies, Family Spokesman Says

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:04 am

Marvin Hamlisch in 1979.
Evening Standard Getty Images

"Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting and won a Tony for A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at the age 68," The Associated Press reports.

According to the wire service:

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7:57am

Tue August 7, 2012

7:21am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens Sickened By Fumes From Refinery Fire Near San Francisco

Smoke poured from the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. Here, the plume rises behind Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg AP

"Shelter-in-place" warnings have been lifted for people living downwind from a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., where a large fire that started Monday evening "sent thick black smoke wafting" over areas around San Francisco and Oakland, the Contra Costa Times reports.

According to the newspaper, authorities say the blaze is now contained.

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6:54am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Psychiatrist Contacted Police About Colo. Shooting Suspect, Media Report

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 11:54 am

James Holmes, who's accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58.
RJ Sangosti Getty Images

Six weeks before the July 20 mass shooting at an Aurora, Co., movie theater, a psychiatrist who had been treating accused killer James Holmes called the University of Colorado police department about him, according to reports from Denver's ABC7-TV and from ABC News.

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6:31am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Man ID'd As Wisconsin Killer Had Previously Been On FBI's Radar

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 2:20 pm

Wade Michael Page, in a photo released by police.
Oak Creek Police
  • Dina Temple-Raston talks with Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'
The headline and top of this post were updated at 1:50 p.m. ET.

Wade Michael Page, the 40-year-old man killed by police at the scene of Sunday's shooting rampage at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee who authorities say gunned down six people and wounded three others, was referred to in a report the FBI received about six years ago, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston says.

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12:05pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Gibson Guitar Settles Criminal Case Over Exotic Wood Imports

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:06 pm

Gibson guitars on sale in New York City.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

"After years maintaining innocence," as Nashville Public Radio says, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.

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8:42am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

At Sikh Temple, Leader Attacked Gunman; Died Trying To Protect Others

Satwant Singh Kaleka, in an image broadcast by Milwaukee's TMJ4-TV.
TMJ4

As happened after last month's shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., we're starting to hear stories of courage and sacrifice about victims of another mass shooting.

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7:12am

Mon August 6, 2012

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