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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The Two-Way
3:10 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Obama Gets Heckled, Occupy-Style

A protester shouts during a speech by President Obama today in Manchester, N.H.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Seven More Years In Prison For Blagojevich Adviser Tony Rezko

Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was an adviser and fundraiser for convicted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and also raised money for then-state Sen. Barack Obama before Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, was sentenced today to serve seven more years in prison.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Occupy Updates: L.A. Offers Space, Marchers Arrive In D.C.

At Occupy Los Angeles: Protesters, and one dog, take part in a yoga session.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 12:34 pm

A small group of Occupy Wall Street supporters who have taken two weeks to walk from New York to Washington, D.C., arrived in the nation's capital today, The Washington Post reports. They're hoping to temporarily occupy a patch of land on the National Mall.

That's one bit of Occupy-related news today. Others:

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Pakistan's Ambassador To U.S. Resigns Amid 'Memogate' Controversy

"I have requested PM Gilani to accept my resignation as Pakistan Ambasssador to US," Husain Haqqani just wrote on his Twitter page.

And he followed that with this statement: "I have much to contribute to building a new Pakistan free of bigotry & intolerance. Will focus energies on that."

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue November 22, 2011

'4.74 Degrees Of Kevin Bacon' Just Doesn't Sound As Good As 6

Kevin Bacon: Six degrees has been the standard when it comes to him.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Who would want to play "4.74 Degrees of Kevin Bacon?"

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Economy Grew Less Than Previously Thought In Third Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported.

That's a downward revision from BEA's original estimate of 2.5 percent growth. The agency will issue one more estimate for the quarter on Dec. 22.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Reports: Three American Students Arrested In Cairo

Three young Americans are among those who have been detained by authorities in Cairo during the last few days of protests there, according to reports from The Washington Post, CNN and other news outlets.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Tue November 22, 2011

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor Apologizes For Pepper-Spraying

University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda Katehi as she met with Occupy protesters Monday on campus.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 3:11 pm

"A visibly shaken" Chancellor Linda Katehi, as The Davis Enterprise says, apologized publicly Monday for the now-infamous pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters by campus police last Friday.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Talk About Rough Politics: Korean Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister

This still image taken from video shows lawmaker Kim Sun-Dong (bottom) of the Democratic Labor Party detonating a tear gas canister and throwing it toward the chairman's seat at the National Assembly.
Yonhap AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 7:58 am

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Crowd Gathering Again In Cairo, But Outside Square Life Is Normal

There's another mass rally underway in Cairo's Tahrir Square — where four straight days of anti-military rule protests have turned violent and led to about 30 deaths and thousands of injuries as government forces responded with force.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

'Casually Pepper Spraying Cop' Meme Takes Off

Spraying the Declaration of Independence (John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence").
jockohomo.tumblr.com

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 9:56 am

When he walked down a line of seated Occupy protesters Friday at the University of California Davis and shot pepper spray directly at them, campus police Lt. John Pike likely never thought that video of the incident would go viral on the Web, that there would be outrage not only at the school but around the nation, or that "casually pepper spraying cop" would quickly become one of the year's top memes.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Reports: Egyptian Cabinet Members Submit Resignations

From NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and The Associated Press, both in Cairo:

State TV in Egypt is reporting that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his cabinet have submitted their resignations to the nation's military council.

It isn't known, Soraya says, whether the interim government's resignations will be accepted.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

It's Still OK To Text 'Offensive' Words In Pakistan

Pakistani families walk past an advertisement for a cellular telephone company in Rawalpindi.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 1:40 pm

You can still text the name "Jesus Christ" and the word "naked" if you're a Pakistani with a cellphone.

Also still safe for texting: damn, nude and poop.

Those are among more than 1,600 words and phrases that the Pakistan Telecommunications Agency had reportedly ordered mobile companies in the country to block by today.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Stocks Down Sharply At Midday

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 4:38 pm

The likely collapse of the so-called supercommittee's efforts to put together a deficit-reduction deal and continued concern about the debt crisis in Europe are pushing stocks lower on Wall Street.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Mon November 21, 2011

For Cairo Protesters, 'The Revolution Is Not Over'

Earlier today a protester stood on top of a burned car in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 2:38 pm

From Cairo's Tahrir Square, where three days of clashes between authorities and thousands of protesters have left more than 20 people dead and more than 1,700 injured, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says the Egyptians who have taken to the streets again:

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Home Sales Are Up, But So Are 'Contract Failures'

There was a 1.4 percent increase in sales of existing homes in October from September, the National Association of Realtors reported this hour.

At its 4.97 million annual rate, the pace of sales was up 13.5 percent from October 2010.

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The Two-Way
10:27 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Penn State Taps Former FBI Director Freeh As 'Investigative Counsel'

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has been brought in to be a "special investigative counsel" for Penn State's internal look into how its officials handled reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky might have been sexually abusing young boys.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Speed Of Light Hasn't Been Broken, Second Set Of Scientists Says

Albert Einstein: His famous theory faces a challenge.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:40 pm

Full disclosure: We're not even close to being qualified to figure out who's right and who's wrong on this one.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Top Stories: No Debt Deal Likely; Suspect Arrested In Alleged NYC Bomb Plot

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 9:23 am

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Mon November 21, 2011

UC Davis Pepper-Spraying: Police Chief Put On Leave, Chancellor To Speak

In this image made from video, a police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
Thomas K. Fowler AP

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 9:56 am

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Halman Stabbed To Death, Brother Arrested

"Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect," The Associated Press reports from Rotterdam. He died earlier today.

Halman, 24, is Dutch-born. In the past two years with the Mariners, he appeared in 44 games — hitting at a .207 average, with two home runs and nine runs batted in.

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Death Toll Rising In Cairo After Crackdown In Tahrir Square

An Egyptian protester prepares to hurl a tear gas canister back at security forces as others run for cover earlier today in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 8:26 am

The death toll from three days of clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square has risen to at least 24, a morgue official tells The Associated Press. (Note at 8:25 a.m. ET: Earlier, the official told the AP that the toll was 35; now, he says 11 of the deaths were unrelated to the violence.)

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Superfailure Looks Likely; Then What?

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 7:28 am

The headlines this morning all say pretty much the same thing:

-- "Deficit Effort Nears Collapse." (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Debt Supercommittee Members Brace For Failure." (The Washington Post)

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Sun November 20, 2011

VIDEO: After Pepper-Spraying, A Powerfully Silent Protest At UC Davis

University of California Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi walked through a three-block long group of silent protesters Friday night after campus police used pepper spray on some protesters earlier in the day. There have been calls for her resignation.
http://www.youtube.com/lhfang86

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