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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1:53pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Thanks For Nothing, Stephen: Colbert Spoils The Wiki Veep Indicator

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:11 am

Buzz Killer.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Well, tracking changes to prominent politicians' Wikipedia pages had been one way of trying to get advance notice of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick.

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1:30pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

After Tragedy For Sikhs, A Glimpse Into 'The Sunshine of Their Minds'

Sikhs and others who wanted to show support gathered Wednesday night for a vigil in Manhattan.
Mario Tama Getty Images
  • Ambassador Nirupama Rao on 'Tell Me More'

Out of the horror of Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., has come a window into "the sunshine of their minds," India's ambassador to the U.S. says about faithful Sikhs.

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11:36am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Google Settles Over Safari Privacy Breach; Will Pay Record $22.5M Fine

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 12:05 pm

As several news outlets had predicted last month would happen, Google is going to pay $22.5 million — the largest civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied — to settle charges that it wasn't straight with users of Apple's Safari browser about how it would track their Web surfing.

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10:01am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Navy Says It Rescued 10 Iranians From Burning Ship In Gulf Of Oman

The burning dhow from which the U.S. Navy says it rescued 10 Iranians on Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman.
U.S. Navy

Ten men who said they are Iranians were rescued Wednesday from a burning vessel in the Gulf of Oman by the crew of the USS James E. Williams, a guided-missile destroyer, the U.S. Navy says.

According to the Navy, "the vessel was flying an Iranian flag. The mariners ... are being well cared for, receiving medical treatment and awaiting transport to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which is coordinating the repatriation efforts."

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9:15am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

George Zimmerman Seeks 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing In Bid To Dismiss Case

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 11:52 am

George Zimmerman during a July interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.
FoxNews.com

George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, is going to ask for a "stand your ground" court hearing in an attempt to have the case against him dismissed without ever going to trial.

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8:31am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Neil Armstrong 'Doing Great' After Heart Surgery

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 10:06 am

Neil Armstrong last November at the U.S. Capitol, when he and the other astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission were awarded Congressional Gold Medals.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

There's word from the wife of first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong that he's "doing great" after cardiac bypass surgery on Tuesday, NBC News reports.

And that's good, tweets second-man-on-the-moon Buzz Aldrin, because he and Armstrong have "agreed to make it [to] the 50th Apollo Anniv in 2019."

Armstrong turned 82 on Sunday.

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7:47am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dipped Last Week; Still In Range They've Been In All Year

There were 361,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration says. That's down 6,000 from the week before (that previous week's total was revised up by 2,000).

Claims have stayed in a range between 350,000 and 400,000 all year. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, has also varied little: it's low this year has been 8.1 percent and the high has been 8.3 percent.

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7:34am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Even As Rains Ease, Disaster Grows In Philippines; 2.1 Million Affected

From a rooftop in a Manila suburb today, residents watched water flow through flooded streets.
Jay Directo AFP/Getty Images

The numbers keep rising in the Philippines, where monsoons have overwhelmed Manila and other areas.

According to the country's disaster response agency

-- The number of people affected by the devastating rains, flooding and landslides has grown to 2.1 million, up from 1.2 million on Wednesday.

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7:03am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Assad Names New Prime Minister; Fighting Continues In Aleppo

As Syrian President Bashar Assad today chose a replacement for the prime minister who defected earlier this week, there were conflicting reports about just what's happening in the key northern city of Aleppo.

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6:32am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Done In A Day: China Wraps Up Murder Trial Of Once-Prominent Politician's Wife

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:10 am

Gu Kailai during today's trial at the Hefei Intermediate People's Court. (Screen image from Chinese TV.)
Reuters /Landov
  • Frank Langfitt on 'Morning Edition'

As we said two weeks ago, China's state-controlled media had already concluded that Gu Kailai was guilty of murder even before any sort of a trial.

Today in central China the wife of once-prominent politician Bo Xilai got her day in court.

Literally.

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2:21pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Sweet Story: Bear Breaks Into Candy Shop, Feasts; Camera Captures It All

The bear burglar.
Estes Park News

So, a bear walks into a candy shop.

No, we're not starting a bad joke.

Last week in Estes Park, Colo., a black bear with a sweet tooth took advantage of a candy shop's defective front door to walk in and out seven times over 20 minutes — each time taking some of the treats outside and then coming back in to enjoy more.

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11:17am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Was It? July Was Warmest Month On Record For U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:14 pm

Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

10:29am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

After Being Shot By Police, Sikh Temple Gunman Killed Himself, FBI Says

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:23 am

Wade Michael Page, the man authorities say killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, appears to have "died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson told reporters in Milwaukee this morning.

After a Oak Creek, Wis., police officer shot Page in the stomach, she said, video from the scene appears to show Page taking his own life.

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9:38am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Wisconsin Teen Looks To Repeat As Texting Champ, FAWC

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 6:02 pm

A closeup from the 2007 competition.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Update at 5:11 p.m. ET. Back-ToBack:

For his second year in a row, teenager Austin Wierschke has earned the title of fastest texter in the United States.

"Weirschke of Wisconsin, won after eight rounds at the texting competition Wednesday in New York's Times Square," the AP reports. "He gets $50,000 in prize money."

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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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