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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4:10pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Join Us For Live Blogging Of Super Tuesday Contests

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 4:56 pm

As the news comes in tonight about the Republican presidential campaign's 10 Super Tuesday contests, we'll be helping out the Elections Desk by live blogging.

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3:55pm

Tue March 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama To Romney: 'Good Luck Tonight ... Really'

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 3:58 pm

Before we get deep into the news of the Super Tuesday primaries, here's something from the lighter side of politics.

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3:10pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Rough Day On Wall Street; Dow Has Sharpest Drop Of Year

The stock market has been having a good year, so you might have been expecting some sort of a "correction."

Today may have been that day.

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1:45pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

In Egypt These Days, Lying About A Nose Job Can Bring A Politician Down

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 1:49 pm

It was more than 30 years before Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lost his grip on power, though many of his people had long suffered under his oppressive regime.

It took less than a week for "a newly minted ultra-conservative Islamist member" of the post-Mubarak parliament in Egypt to be forced to resign because he lied about getting a nose job.

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1:15pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: 'McCain To Call For Air Strikes On Syria'

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will later today become the first senator to call for U.S.-led air strikes on the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Foreign Policy magazine's The Cable blog reports:

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12:20pm

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Should NFL's Gregg Williams Be Banned, Fined Or Pardoned For Bounties?

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 12:22 pm

Gregg Williams, then the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, in August 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Gregg Williams, who has spent time as an assistant or head coach at six NFL teams, is meeting with league investigators today to talk about what he's admitted was "a bounty pool of up to $50,000 over the last three seasons that rewarded players with thousand-dollar payoffs for knocking targeted opponents out of games while he was the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator," The Associated Press reports.

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10:35am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S., Israel Stand Together On Iran Issue, Obama And Netanyahu Say

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 8:05 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked on as President Obama spoke this morning in the Oval Office of the White House.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

With Iran and its nuclear program looming over the discussions, President Obama said this morning that "the United States will always have Israel's back." The president's comment came with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is at the White House for talks today, by his side.

For his part, Netanyahu told reporters that the U.S. and Israel stand together on policy toward Iran, The Associated Press reports.

The two leaders just held something of a photo op. Other reports on what they had to say:

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9:37am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama To Hold News Conference Tuesday

With lots of topics to choose from, including the economy, the 2012 presidential race, Syria, Iran's nuclear ambitions and his meetings today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there will be plenty to ask President Obama about Tuesday afternoon when he holds a just-announced news conference.

No word yet on the exact time.

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9:10am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Yemen: More Killing; Reporters Look Back At Uprising, Ahead To Uncertainty

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 9:12 am

  • Kelly McEvers reports on 'Morning Edition'

There's news from Yemen today that's depressing in its familiarity:

"Al-Qaida militants launched a surprise attack against army bases in southern Yemen, killing 78 soldiers, seizing weapons and parading 55 troops they had taken captive through the center of a town under their control, military officials said.

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8:15am

Mon March 5, 2012

7:45am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

4.0 Magnitude Quake Rattles San Francisco

For those who just felt the earth shake in Northern California, the U.S. Geological Survey says there was a 4.0 magnitude temblor in the "San Francisco bay area" at 5:33 a.m. local time (8:33 a.m. ET).

There's no word yet on whether there was much, if any, damage.

The USGS says the quake was centered about 1 mile from El Cerrito, Calif.

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7:34am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Putin's Victory Comes With Claims Of 'Widespread Violations'

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. He won election to the post he previously held: president.
Alexei Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images

It's no surprise that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Sunday's election to return to the more powerful post he previously held — president. His victory was widely expected. Putin appears to have gotten about two-thirds of the votes.

Also not surprising: Sunday's results are being followed with reports today that, as The Associated Press says, "the opposition and independent observers insisted the vote had been marred by widespread violations."

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6:55am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Limbaugh Loses Ninth Advertiser Over Comments About Law Student

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 5:10 pm

Rush Limbaugh.
Ron Edmonds AP

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET. USA Today's On Politics blog reports that both Sears and Allstate are distancing themselves from Limbaugh as well. Both firms said their media buying firms bought space on the show, today, but they have instructed them not to continue.

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6:30am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Toddler's Death Brings Toll From Latest Tornadoes To 39

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 6:33 am

In Henryville, Ind., on Sunday, Janet Clark stood outside what remains of her home, which was destroyed in Friday's tornado.
Scott Olson Getty Images
  • Erica Peterson reporting on 'Morning Edition'

There's more sad news from the stretch of five states across the Midwest and South that were slammed by tornadoes on Friday.

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11:45am

Fri March 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Student Is Outraged By Rush Limbaugh Calling Her A 'Slut' And 'Prostitute'

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 2:04 pm

Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University, during her House testimony about contraceptives and insurance coverage.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who has become a "poster child" for Democrats since Republicans wouldn't let her testify at a House hearing about President Obama's policy on contraception, said today she was stunned and outraged Wednesday when conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and "prostitute" on his nationally syndicated show.

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