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
1:01 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Reports: U.S. To Resume Talks With North Korea, Appoint New Envoy

"The United States will hold a fresh round of talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program next week and appoint a new full-time envoy as its seeks to deepen its engagement with the reclusive regime," U.S. officials and a Washington-based foreign diplomat tell The Associated Press.

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12:45 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Windy City Indeed: 25-Foot Waves Likely Along Chicago Shoreline Today

Waves were already crashing along Chicago's shore with Lake Michigan earlier today.

nbcchicago.com

High winds, heavy rain and waves of up to 25 feet are forecast for later today along Chicago's shore with Lake Michigan.

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12:11 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Mario Andretti: 'No Tension' With Jimmie Johnson Over Indy Car Tragedy

Mario Andretti.

Robert Laberge Getty Images

In the aftermath of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon's death Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, there's been a passionate discussion going on in the racing world about whether it was just too risky to have open-wheel-style cars on an oval track with banked turns designed for NASCAR races.

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9:42 am
Wed October 19, 2011

N.Y. Police Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters Is Disciplined

Members of the Occupy Wall Street community protest outside of the Manhattan District Attorney's office to demand the release of their fellow protesters who were arrested on Oct. 18 in New York City.

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 1:06 pm

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9:17 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Clashes In Streets Reported As Greeks Protest Austerity Measures

Outside the Greek parliament building today, protesters burned a guard box.

Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

"Greek riot police have fired tear gas and fought running battles with protesters, amid a 48-hour general strike that has paralyzed the country," the BBC reports.

It adds that: "Tens of thousands are out on the streets of Athens to protest against the government's austerity measures. Some protesters have been hurling smoke bombs and stones at the police."

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9:01 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Housing Starts Rise; Consumer Prices Go Up Slightly

Two more pieces of data to add to the economic mix:

-- Builders started work on 5.7 percent more housing units in September than in August, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report. The number of "housing starts," 594,000 at an annual rate, were still down 5 percent from August 2010. But, The Associated Press notes, the pace was the fastest in 17 months — "a hopeful sign for the struggling housing market."

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8:53 am
Wed October 19, 2011

2011 World Series: A Few Things To Know As Cards, Rangers Get Set

Tuesday: St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols runs during practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis.

Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 10:50 am

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today.

But while the outcome may be difficult to predict because both teams can make compelling cases for why they should emerge victorious, Tom said the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers has some very compelling story lines. The Series is set to begin tonight in St. Louis (game time is 8:05 p.m. ET. Fox-TV is the broadcaster.)

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8:06 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Top Stories: Hunt For Escaped Animals; Strikes In Greece; GOP Debate

Good morning.

Our early posts today were:

-- GOP Contenders Hold 'Raucous' Debate In Vegas

-- Posse Continues Hunt For Escaped Animals In Ohio

The day's other top headlines include:

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed October 19, 2011

GOP Contenders Hold 'Raucous' Debate In Vegas

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry got into a heated exchange about immigration during Tuesday's GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 7:47 am

The reviews are in about last night's CNN Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas and the consensus seems to be that it was a slugfest in Sin City:

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7:14 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Posse Kills, Captures Escaped Animals; Monkey Still Loose

A sign warning motorists that exotic animals are on the loose rests on I-70 Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 7:18 pm

Armed deputies have found and killed nearly all the animals — including lions, tigers and bears — that escaped from a Zanesville, Ohio, private preserve on Tuesday, the local sheriff told reporters early this afternoon.

Investigators believe the preserve's owner, Terry Thompson, freed the 50-or-so animals and then killed himself. He was found dead at the scene.

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1:46 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Policy Reversed: Marines May Wear 'KIA Bracelets' Honoring The Fallen

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes marines.mil

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 2:10 pm

"The Marine Corps is ending its controversial ban on bracelets honoring U.S. troops killed in combat," Marine Corps Times is reporting.

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1:12 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

VIDEO: Lubbock Goes Dark As Dust Storm Swallows City

As we've seen before this year, when a "haboob" rolls over a city the results can be awesome — and not in a good way if you're caught in it.

Monday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas, a massive dust storm turned day into night in less than a minute. Check this video from local TV station KLBK and The Associated Press (which loops once).

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11:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Goldman Sachs Lost $428 Million In Third Quarter

Bank of America's report of a $6.2 billion profit in the third quarter, as we said earlier, has many analysts pointing out that it was mostly due to one-time accounting changes and asset sales. Still, BofA's stock is up slightly at this hour.

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10:58 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Strip-Search That Man, 'Scrabble' Player Demands

The Scrabble tile of the letter "G."

istockphoto.com

Tipping the board over and telling mom that "he's cheating!" wasn't an option, so:

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9:30 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Bank Of America Reports $6.2 Billion Profit

Though the number is huge — $6.2 billion — this morning's third-quarter profit news from Bank of America is generating a lot of "yeah, but" analyses.

As in:

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8:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Higher Fuel And Food Costs Drive Wholesale Prices Up

There was a 0.8 percent increase in wholesale prices from August to September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Much of the gain was due to higher costs for fuel and food. Without those two volatile sectors, prices went up 0.2 percent.

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8:38 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Top Stories: Prisoner Swap, Clinton In Libya, Stocks Drop

Good morning.

Our earlier headlines on breaking news were:

-- Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins.

-- Secretary Clinton Is In Libya To Unveil New Aid, Hail Country's Freedom.

And we also posted on this odd report:

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8:10 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Report: Truck With Obama's Teleprompter Stolen

"A truck filled with President Obama's podiums and audio equipment," including a teleprompter from which he reads prepared remarks and the presidential seal he stands behind, was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Henrico, Va., on Monday, local WWBT-TV reports.

The vehicle was discovered a short time later outside another local hotel. The TV station says it isn't yet known whether everything inside was recovered.

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7:35 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Secretary Clinton Is In Libya To Unveil New Aid, Hail Country's Freedom

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Tripoli today and while in Libya will both congratulate the Libyan people on their freedom from Moammar Gadhafi and announce several new types of aid headed their way from the U.S., NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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7:15 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins

An Israeli Defense Forces photo of Sgt. Gilad Shalit an unknown location today in Israel, following his release.

AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 3:43 pm

A "dazed ... thin and pale" Gilad Shalit is home in Israel today after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas, while Palestinians are joyously celebrating in Ramallah as Israeli authorities begin releasing some of the hundreds of prisoners who are being set free in exchange for the Israeli soldier's release.

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2:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Harbaugh, Schwartz And The Back Slap Heard 'Round The NFL

Harbaugh (in dark cap and jacket) and Schwartz (in white jacket with blue stripes) are separated by the 49ers' Venron Davis (85).

Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:14 pm

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12:00 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

BlackBerry Customers Offered Free Apps As Apology

Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Last week, Research in Motion apologized for the service outages that swept around the world last week, leaving millions of its BlackBerry users unable to send or receive messages.

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10:54 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Just Doing His Job, Says Firefighter Who Caught Boy Dropped Three Floors

Lt. Glenn McGillivray, Boston firefighter.

WHDH-TV

As flames engulfed a Roxbury, Mass., apartment house early this morning, Judith Lamb desperately held her young grandson out a window. She was shielding him fire and smoke.

That's when Boston Fire Department Lt. Glenn McGillivray "reached his arms out," the Boston Globe reports.

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10:06 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Anadarko To Pay BP $4 Billion, Settle Claims Related To Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 10:22 am

This morning's announcement from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. that it is paying BP $4 billion "to settle all of BP's current and future claims" against it related to the April 2010 Gulf oil spill, "ends a long dispute between BP, which operated the well in the gulf, and Anadarko, which owned a 25 percent stake, about accepting responsibility for compensating those affected by on

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9:25 am
Mon October 17, 2011

VIDEO: 100-Year-Old Man Finishes Toronto Marathon

Fauja Singh, 100, celebrates at the finish line after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon AP

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:21 pm

Talk about a really amazing race:

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