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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7:36am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Opposition Says 190 Civilians Killed In Deadliest Day So Far

"Syrian opposition groups that track casualties reported on Friday that the previous day was the deadliest so far this year, and possibly in the entire Syrian uprising, with as many as 190 civilians killed in a 24-hour period," The New York Times is reporting.

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7:11am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Europe's New Deal Has Markets Cheering

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:25 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (left) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti (right) during the summit of European leaders in Brussels.
Bertrand Langlois AFP/Getty Images

"European stocks rallied after policy makers eased repayment rules for Spanish banks, relaxed conditions for possible aid to Italy and unveiled a $149 billion growth plan for the region's economy," Bloomberg News reports this morning. "U.S. index futures and Asian shares also rose."

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6:10am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

First Death Confirmed From Colorado Springs Wildfire

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 1:32 pm

This aerial photo taken Thursday shows the destructive path of the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows subdivision area of Colorado Springs, Colo.
RJ Sangosti / Denver Post AP
  • Jeff Brady reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Though there's been welcome news about progress in fighting the wildfire that has now destroyed about 350 homes in and around Colorado Springs, Colo., there's also the sad news that at least one person has died.

Here's this morning's lede from The Denver Post's coverage:

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2:29pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Knotty Problem Solved: Knitters Won't Call Their Games The 'Ravelympics'

Don't tread on our trademark with those, said U.S. Olympics officials.
J. Pfeiffer dpa /Landov

Those knitters we told you about who had been asked to "cease and desist" by the U.S. Olympics Committee because they were planning a "Ravelympics" have opted to give the slip to any legal issues.

They're going to call their competitions "The Ravellenic Games," The Oregonian reports.

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1:24pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Good News: 'Great Progress' Reported In Fighting Colorado Springs Fire

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:44 pm

Smoke was rising earlier today from the Waldo Canyon wildfire that's threatening Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ed Andrieski AP

Our day began with talk of "hell in the review mirror" when a reporter from The Gazette in Colorado Springs fled his home earlier this week as the Waldo Canyon wildfire approached.

But the newspaper now reports that:

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1:02pm

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

We Must Mention Don Grady Of 'My Three Sons,' It's The Polite Thing To Do

Don Grady (second from right) as "Robbie Douglas," with (at far left) Barry Livingson as "Ernie," Fred MacMurray as "Steve Douglas" the dad, and Stanley Livingston as "Chip."
CBS /Landov
  • A Bit Of The 'My Three Sons' Theme

Now that we're past the day's big news about health care, we just want to take a moment to note the death of actor Don Grady. He died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

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8:31am

Thu June 28, 2012
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As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:39 am

Supporters of President Obama's health care legislation celebrated outside after hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.

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7:58am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

If E.T. Comes Calling, Americans Favor Obama Over Romney To Handle Things

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:00 am

In the 1996 20th Century Fox film Independence Day, the White House did not fare well.
AFP/Getty Images

This comes from National Geographic, not The National Enquirer:

"Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans think [President] Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion."

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7:40am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip Only Slightly; First-Quarter GDP Estimate Unchanged

Two fresh bits of economic data, neither of which change the picture much if at all:

-- The Employment and Training Administration says there were 386,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before. But it also revised up that previous week's estimate, from the initial report of 387,000.

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7:03am

Thu June 28, 2012
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News Corp. Confirms Split; Rupert Murdoch Will Chair Both Companies

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., with one of his company's British tabloids.
Arthur Edwards News International/Getty Images

Saying that the move will create two companies, one a "world-class" publisher and the other an "unmatched global media and entertainment" giant, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. just confirmed it is planning to separate into two distinct units.

Murdoch, a legend in the news and entertainment businesses whose TV ventures include Fox News Channel, will "serve as chairman of both companies and CEO of the media and entertainment company," the company added.

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6:42am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

JPMorgan's Losses 'May Reach $9 Billion'

JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

6:21am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

'Hell In The Rearview Mirror' As Coloradoans Flee Wildfires

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:27 pm

Mikke Carlson took photos of the smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire while wearing a gas mask on Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chris Schneider Getty Images

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET. Our Latest Headline:

Good News: 'Great Progress' Reported In Fighting Colorado Springs Fire.

Our original post:

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12:45pm

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Here's How To Learn What The Supreme Court Says About Health Care

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 1:15 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court, which will be in the news on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The biggest surprise Thursday morning at the Supreme Court will be if the justices do not issue their most-anticipated decision of the year — on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; the health care overhaul enacted in 2010.

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9:43am

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Violence In Syria Is As Bad, Or Worse, Than Before Ceasefire, U.N. Says

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 12:50 pm

May 26, 2012: In this picture provided by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, people watch the mass burial of victims in Houla.
AFP/Getty Images

From The Associated Press:

"The U.N.'s deputy envoy for Syria, Jean-Marie Guehenno, [has] told the U.N. Human Rights Council that the violence in Syria has 'reached or even surpassed' levels seen before the April 12 ceasefire agreement and that a six-point peace plan forged by his boss, U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, 'is clearly not being implemented.' "

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9:19am

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Contracts For Home Sales Rose Sharply In May

"Pending home sales bounced back in May, matching the highest level in the past two years, and are well above year-ago levels," the National Association of Realtors reports. The association says that:

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