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
8:35 am
Wed November 2, 2011

French Newspaper Firebombed After Satire Involving Prophet Muhammad

Charlie Hebdo's publisher, known only as Charb, talked to journalists today (Nov. 2, 2011) in front of his publication's burned-out offices.

Alexander Klein AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 8:36 am

The Paris offices of a French newsweekly that in its latest issue "invited" the Prophet Muhammad to be a guest editor and satirically wrote of what a "soft version" of Sharia law might be like, were burned early today.

According to The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Lawyer: One Of Cain's Accusers Wants Her Story Told

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain on Monday (Oct. 31, 2011) in Washington, D.C.

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The lawyer for one of two women who in the late 1990s accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment wants her side of the story to come out because she believes Cain has not been telling the truth about what happened, a lawyer who represents her said Tuesday on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Wed November 2, 2011

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he arrived at London's High Court this morning (Nov. 2, 2011).

Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

British judges ruled this morning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited from the U.K. to Sweden, where authorities want to question him about allegations from two women that he sexually assaulted them in August 2010.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Bank Of America Dropping Plan For $5 Monthly Debit-Card Fee

Bank of America just confirmed that it is dropping a plan to charge many of its debit-card customers $5 a month if they use them to make purchases.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Secretary Clinton's Mother Has Died, Dorothy Howell Rodham Was 92

Dorothy Rodham (center) with her daughter Hillary and granddaughter Chelsea at a January 2008 campaign event in Iowa.

Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's mother, 92-year-old Dorothy Howell Rodham, has died.

The Clinton Foundation just sent this statement to the news media:

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Tue November 1, 2011

VIDEO: Jumbo Jet Makes Emergency 'Wheels Up' Landing In Warsaw

The early reports are that everyone's OK after LOT Airlines flight 16 from Newark, N.J., to Warsaw, Poland, had to land on its belly today because of problems with the landing gear. According to CNN, Polish TV says there were 230 people on board the Boeing 767.

Local TV cameras were rolling as the plane came in.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Tue November 1, 2011

'Frustration Mounting' In New England States Still Without Power

As a million or two customers in towns and cities across much of New England begin another day without power since Saturday's "historic October snowstorm," frustration is growing, The Hartford Courant reports.

"The state's largest utility said Monday that it was stepping up its efforts to restore electricity to more than 700,000 customers still without power as of Monday evening," the Courant says.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Artist Ai Weiwei Gets $2.4 Million Tax Bill

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing on June 23, 2011.

Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 9:36 am

Artist Ai Weiwei, who earlier this year was jailed by Chinese authorities for nearly three months, said today that the government there has sent him a $2.4 million tax bill.

"His supporters," the BBC says, say the bill and accusations that he owes back taxes "are part of a plot to silence Mr. Ai, who is an outspoken critic of the government."

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Stunned By Greek Plan For Bailout Referendum, Markets Drop

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Yiannis Liakos AFP/Getty Images

"Markets plunged Tuesday on fears that Europe's plan to save the euro was already unraveling after the shock decision by Greek Prime Minister to call a referendum on the country's latest rescue," The Associated Press writes.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Hundreds Of Millions Missing From MF Global, 'New York Times' Reports

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 2:08 pm

Not only has MF Global had to file for bankruptcy protection, now there's this news about the securities firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D):

The New York Times reports that:

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Herman Cain Now Recalls 'Settlement' With Accuser

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain during an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute on Monday.

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was consistent Monday in saying he has "never sexually harassed anyone." But some parts of his response to a Politico report about past allegations had shifted by day's end.

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The Two-Way
6:35 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween Chicago-Style: 'Da Mayor And 'Da Zombies

The mayor's message: Have a safe Halloween, zombies included.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 6:44 pm

Set aside your doubts about zombies and ignore the signs of Photoshopping (like that reflection in the window of a guy with a baseball cap).

Here's a photo/illustration that begs for some creative caption suggestions (and ChicagoNow.com has just such a contest going).

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Cardinals Manager La Russa Retires

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa celebrated with the World Series trophy Friday night in St Louis.

Charlie Riedle Pool-Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 4:18 pm

Tony La Russa, who just managed the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title, announced this morning that he's retiring after 33 seasons.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Trapped In A Jet For 7 Hours, 'We Were All Slowly Losing It'

The snowy scene Sunday in Glastonbury, Conn.

Jessica Hill AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:07 pm

The major problems after the weekend's surprising snowstorm in the Northeast relate to a couple of million customers who are without power.

But one of the other stories we can relate to is about the passengers who were stranded on the ground Saturday in jets that landed at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Looks Like Thieves Used Fighting To Cover Theft Of Libyan Treasures

During the fighting last spring in Benghazi, Libya, between forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the opposition, there was a fire at one of the city's banks.

The blaze was blamed on the fighting.

Now, as the BBC and other news outlets are reporting, there's word that "more than 7,000 priceless coins and other precious artifacts were taken" in what's now thought to have been a robbery planned by thieves who took advantage of the chaos in the city to hit the bank.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Mon October 31, 2011

7 Billion People? Yes, Give Or Take 56 Million

Several babies born today have been deemed the symbolic 7 billionth person — including a little girl named Nargis in Lucknow, India. Here she is with her mother, Vinita.

Rajesh Kumar Singh AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 am

As NPR and just about every other news outlet report about the milestone that United Nations experts estimate the world passed today — a population of 7 billion people — there's this from the BBC:

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Top Stories: Cain, Storm, Occupy Arrests

The Two-Way
8:06 am
Mon October 31, 2011

No Treat: About Two Million Still Without Power In Northeast

This tree split in two due to heavy snow on its branches in Belmont, Mass.

Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:05 pm

That unusually early winter storm that struck the Northeast over the weekend, dumping up to 30 inches of wet heavy snow in some places, has left a couple million customers without electricity because snapped limbs and falling trees brought down power lines across New England.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Reporter: Herman Cain Story Based On Documentation, Dozens Of Sources

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain at The National Press Club today (Oct. 31, 2011).

Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:03 pm

"I have never sexually harassed anyone," Republican presidential contender Herman Cain told Fox News Channel this morning. The former business executive said he was "falsely accused" of harassment "while I was at the National Restaurant Association" in the early 1990s.

Cain, appearing on Fox just after 11:20 a.m. ET, said that if the restaurant association, where he served as CEO from late-1996 to mid-1999, paid any accusers to settle such claims, "I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much."

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The Two-Way
2:26 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Comeback Cards Win It All: St. Louis Takes World Series Title

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the World Series in Game 7 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Miss., on Friday.

Michael Heiman Getty Images

A World Series that saw plenty of drama, some history and a bit of the bizarre ended Friday night with the St. Louis Cardinals defeating the Texas Rangers by a score of 6-2 in the deciding Game 7.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Live From New York: Statue Of Liberty Webcams Are On

The view from above at the Statue of Liberty, where webcams were turned on today.

EarthCam.com

On this 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication, webcams have been turned on to let everyone see views of:

-- The torch.

-- The crown and the ground below.

-- Ellis Island.

-- A streaming of the harbor from the torch.

-- And a streaming view of the statue from Brooklyn.

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Find Your Spot Among World's 7 Billion And Meet The 'Most Typical Person'

National Geographic's composite sketch of the world's most typical person (left) and the real Mu Li.

CBS/National Geographic

Maybe you haven't heard yet, but the world's population is set to hit 7 billion people on Monday. At least that's what the United Nations Population Fund says.

Most news outlets are already covering the story or have plans to (Morning Edition has a four-part series scheduled for next week).

Two reports this week caught our attention.

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