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
9:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Noriega To Be Extradited To Panama

Gen. Manuel Noriega back in the day (August, 1989).
Manoocher Deghati AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 9:33 am

It looks like former dictator Manuel Noriega will spend his last days in a Panamanian jail cell.

"A Paris appeals court ruled Wednesday to grant an extradition request from Panama so the elderly ex-military strongman can serve out sentences given after he was convicted in absentia there, in the latest phase of his complex legal odyssey," The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Spending Barely Grew In October, But Income Growth Picked Up

The good news: Americans' personal income grew 0.4 percent in October from September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. It's the best gain in seven months and could mean consumers will have enough money in hand to make the critical holiday shopping season a pretty good one.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Penn State Scandal: Sandusky Likely To Be Remanded To Jail, Lawyer Says

The news that Jerry Sandusky is being investigated in two more cases of alleged child sex abuse will likely mean that the former Penn State assistant football coach will be remanded to jail before a Dec. 13 preliminary hearing about the case, his lawyer says.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Texas Judge Videotaped Beating Daughter Is Suspended With Pay

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
YouTube.com (warning, video is graphic)

The Texas judge who sparked national outrage earlier this month when he was seen on video beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been suspended with pay while authorities continue their investigation, the Texas Supreme Court has announced.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Yemeni Leader Saleh Reportedly Ready To Sign Handover Deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a photo provided his office earlier this month. He wears gloves to protect his hands, which were injured during an assassination attempt earlier this year.
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He's said he'd do something like this before and then not followed through. So keep that in mind when you hear that:

"Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a Gulf power-transfer initiative brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), the country's state television has reported." (Al-Jazeera)

Yemen's Foreign Press office has released this statement:

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Wed November 23, 2011

More Clashes In Cairo As Protests Continue; Opposition May Be Splitting

Egyptian protesters carried away a man suffering from tear gas during clashes with riot police earlier today near Tahrir Square, in Cairo.
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

It's Day 5 of the renewed protests in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.

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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

Here's what it sounds like when protesters use the Occupy Wall Street "human microphone" technique to heckle the commander in chief.

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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

Angered by the ruling party's successful push to ratify a free trade deal with the U.S., a South Korean lawmaker "doused rivals with tear gas" earlier today during a raucous session of parliament, The Associated Press writes from Seoul.

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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").
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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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