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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9:16am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

On Second Thought, Maybe Consumer Confidence Isn't That High

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 9:45 am

Last week, the researchers who put out the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers said their index rose in May to "its highest level since October 2007" — before the last recession began.

But when it comes to economics, there always seem to be an "on the other hand" moment coming — especially when the economy appears to be at a turning point.

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8:21am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Home Prices Haven't 'Turned,' But Some Edged Up As Quarter Ended

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:41 am

Home prices slipped further in the first quarter, according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. It reports that:

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8:00am

Tue May 29, 2012

7:45am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

How Do You Spell Precocious? 6-Year-Old Spelling Bee Contestant Would Know

The National Spelling Bee gets going Wednesday and the story that's got everyone buzzing is about the youngest competitor in the contest's history: 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison from Woodbridge, Va.

She is, as Washington's WJLA-TV says, a "precocious little girl" who "is anything but ordinary" and will be on stage with others twice her age.

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7:06am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Italy Rocked By Second Deadly Quake

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:25 am

Two police officers in Mirandola try to comfort a woman after today's earthquake in Northern Italy.
Pierre Teyssot AFP/Getty Images

The news has gotten worse from Italy. Just after 9:15 a.m. ET, The Associated Press reported that authorities say at least 15 people were killed today by an earthquake that struck the northern part of the country.

Our original post, from 8:05 a.m. ET:

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6:39am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Good News: Beryl Weakened. Better News: It Drenched Parched Areas

A National Weather Service radar image of Beryl early this morning. It was stretching from North Florida into Georgia.
National Weather Service

As residents in Northeast Florida give thanks that Tropical Storm Beryl did relatively little damage over the weekend and did not develop into a hurricane, they're also grateful that it brought rain to an area plagued by drought.

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6:13am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Most Victims Of Friday's Massacre In Syria Were Executed, U.N. Says

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 2:42 pm

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

"The U.N. said Tuesday that entire families were shot in their homes during a massacre in Syria on Friday that killed more than 100 people, including children," The Associated Press reports. And as nations around the world have reacted this morning to news about the atrocities, they're expelling Syrian diplomats in protest.

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12:35pm

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Cleared Of Rape Conviction, California Man Remains 'Unbroken'

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 4:24 pm

A tear of relief: Brian Banks after his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday.
Nick Ut AP
  • Brian Banks on Southern California Public Radio

Five years in prison. Then five years of probation and wearing an electronic monitoring device. The shame of being a registered sex offender. Not being able to get a job. His dream of playing in the NFL destroyed, possibly forever.

Brian Banks, now 26, has gone through all that.

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10:44am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Highest Since Before Recession, Survey Says

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 11:13 am

If consumers are in the mood to shop, that could give the economy a lift.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Here's news that could affect both the economy and the presidential race:

Consumer confidence has improved "in each of the past nine monthly surveys" and is now at "its highest level since October 2007," according to the latest Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers. The most recent recession officially began in December 2007, and lasted into early summer 2009.

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9:51am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Man At Center Of Federal Agency's Las Vegas Scandal Leaves His Job

Jeff Neely during an April 16 hearing on Capitol Hill. He declined to answer any of the lawmakers' questions.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Jeff Neely, the regional official at the General Services Administration who hosted a 2010 taxpayer-funded conference in Las Vegas that became a scandal as details about excessive spending, gifts and lavish parties were revealed, has left his job at the agency.

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8:53am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Lost Bike Found After 41 Years; Then, The Story Gets Weird

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:06 pm

Lisa Brown, in front, during a "dramatic" recreation of how she lost her bike in 1970.
Cape Cod Times

In 1970 a young girl lost her banana-seat bike. Lisa Brown was riding it across a rickety bridge in Cape Cod, Mass., when she and the bike tumbled into a little river. The bike sank into the muck and was gone.

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6:53am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt May Be Headed To Runoff Between Islamist And Former Mubarak Aide

An Egyptian election official counting ballots from the presidential election.
Fredrik Persson AP

As Egyptian officials count ballots from this week's first-ever free presidential election in that country, the Muslim Brotherhood is claiming its candidate got the most votes and will likely be in a runoff next month against ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.

From Cairo, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson cautions that officials are advising against "believing statements by groups claiming to know who won." Official results aren't due to be released until next Tuesday.

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6:18am

Fri May 25, 2012
The Two-Way

SpaceX Craft Docks With Space Station; Commercial Era Begins

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 12:48 pm

An image of the Dragon spacecraft, taken earlier today with a thermal camera aboard the International Space Station.
Twitter.com/SpaceX

The historic first docking of a commercial spacecraft at the International Space Station orbiting above Earth happened without a hitch today, as SpaceX's Dragon capsule arrived with supplies for the crew orbiting high above Earth.

Just before 10 a.m. ET, astronauts aboard the space station successfully grabbed the capsule with a robotic arm. A little after noon ET, the pulled the Dragon into its docking space.

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12:45pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Kid Told Westboro Protesters 'God Hates No One' Because, 'That Is True'

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 12:59 pm

Josef Miles, making his own statement.
Patty Akrouche Facebook.com/FeverDreams
  • From 'Tell Me More': Josef Miles and his mom

"I just don't like seeing those signs and I kind of wanted to put a stop to that."

That's 9-year-old Josef Miles' simple explanation for why he held up a notepad that said "GOD HATES NO ONE" as supporters of the tiny Westboro Baptist Church staged another small demonstration featuring their signs that say God hates homosexuals.

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12:23pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Talks With Iran To Reconvene Next Month

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 12:29 pm

"Iran and world powers have agreed to meet in Moscow next month for another round of negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program," The Associated Press reports.

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