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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1:20pm

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Stocks Rallying After Bullish Manufacturing News

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 4:34 pm

Adding 87 points, the Dow closed at 13,339, its highest level since December of 2007.

CNN Money reports that the index rose in reaction to a rise in U.S. manufacturing activity.

The Wall Street Journal adds:

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11:19am

Tue May 1, 2012
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'There's A Wild And Crazy Man' Inside Mitt Romney, His Wife Says

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 11:50 am

Ann and Mitt Romney, on March 20, celebrating his win in the Illinois primary.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

She wants the nation to know that "there's a wild and crazy man" inside Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential contender's wife said on CBS This Morning earlier today.

"I still look at him as the boy that I met in high school when he was playing all the jokes and really just being crazy, pretty crazy," Ann Romney added.

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10:53am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Five 'Anarchists' Arrested For Allegedly Plotting To Blow Up Ohio Bridge

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:24 pm

The FBI announced this morning that it "has arrested five people on terrorism charges, accusing them of planning to blow up a bridge near Brecksville, Ohio," our colleagues at WKSU report.

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10:17am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Gingrich Says Goodbye To 2012 Campaign In New Video

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 10:41 am

Newt Gingrich.
Marianne Todd Getty Images

9:58am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Norwegian Swimming Star Dies In Arizona

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 6:44 am

Gold medalist Alexander Dale Oen of Norway with his medal at last July's World Championships in Shanghai.
Feng Li Getty Images

Swimming star Alexander Dale Oen, one of Norway's top gold medal hopes in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London, died Monday at his hotel near a training facility in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The 26-year-old world champion in the 100-meter breaststroke suffered an apparent heart attack, according to Norway's Olympic Committee.

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9:18am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Looking Back: How The World Quickly Learned About Bin Laden's Death

Iconic image: President Barack Obama and members of his national security team as they monitored the mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.
Pete Souza White House

One year ago today, we learned that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been located and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

There's no shortage of stories and news related to that event, including these:

-- "After Bin Laden, Al-Qaida Still Present As Movement." (NPR's Dina Temple-Raston, on Morning Edition.)

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8:02am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Afghan Soldiers' Attacks On U.S. Troops Not Being Fully Reported, AP Finds

A soldier from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division on patrol in southern Afghanistan. (October, 2010, file photo.)
Chris Hondros Getty Images

An Associated Press investigation has concluded that the U.S. military and its allies in Afghanistan have been "under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops."

According to the wire service:

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7:33am

Tue May 1, 2012
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New Facebook Status Lets You Share Whether You're An Organ Donor

A new status option.
Facebook.com

In a bid to encourage its members to become organ donors, Facebook just announced that "starting today, you can add that you're an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor."

Also, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg write, "if you're not already registered with your state or national registry and want to be, you'll find a link to the official donor registry there as well."

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7:05am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Rupert Murdoch 'Not A Fit Person' To Lead A Major Company, Report Charges

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 2:33 pm

Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, as they were being driven away from the Royal Courts of Justice following his testimony last Thursday in London.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to lead a major international company, a committee of U.K. parliament members concludes today in a scathing report about the News Corp. chief and the actions of his British tabloids, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast Desk.

The report also accuses Murdoch's companies of "misleading a parliamentary committee," Philip says, and exhibiting "willful blindness" regarding their illegal activities.

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3:00pm

Mon April 30, 2012
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George Zimmerman's Defense Takes Case To The Web

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:08 pm

George Zimmerman during his bond hearing in a Seminole County, Fla., courtroom on April 20.
Gary Green Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images

The legal defense team for George Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, has created a website, Facebook page and Twitter account to protest his interests.

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1:49pm

Mon April 30, 2012
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Crash That Killed Seven Was Along 'Cursed' Stretch Of Bronx River Parkway

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 1:50 pm

This van plunged off the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday. All seven people inside were killed.
Louis Lanzano AP

A horrible car accident Sunday in the Bronx, which killed seven people from one family, happened on a "cursed" section of the Bronx River Parkway where six people died in a terrible 2006 accident, New York's Daily News reports.

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12:42pm

Mon April 30, 2012
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In 'Manchester Derby' Man City Comes Out On Top

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:16 pm

Manchester United's Nani (in red) and Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov during a game last August in London.
Ian Kington AFP/Getty Images

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET. Man City Wins 1-0:

A header from Vincent Kompany was all it took for Manchester City to come out today against Manchester United.

As the AP reports, this match has been billed as the "biggest Manchester derby ever," and Kompany scored the winning goal during first-half stoppage time.

Our Original Post Continues:

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10:54am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Five Surviving Exotic Animals To Be Given To Ohio Man's Widow

A sign warning motorists that exotic animals were on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio, last October.
Tony Dejak AP

Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.

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10:27am

Mon April 30, 2012
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1 World Trade Center Set To Claim Spot Atop NYC's Skyline Today

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:46 pm

Rising above the Manhattan skyline: 1 World Trade Center.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images
(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

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9:18am

Mon April 30, 2012

9:02am

Mon April 30, 2012
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After Big Gain In February, Consumer Spending Rose Less In March

A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Personal income, meanwhile, was up 0.4 percent in March. It had risen 0.3 percent in February.

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8:38am

Mon April 30, 2012
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China, U.S. Rushing To Resolve Crisis Over Blind Activist Chen

Chen Guangcheng, in an image from a YouTube video.
AP

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the U.S. and China are rushing to avert a diplomatic crisis over the fate of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

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7:06am

Mon April 30, 2012
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Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes

April 13: In Karachi, activists from the Shabab-e-Milli group set fire to U.S. flags during a protest against the reopening of the NATO supply route to Afghanistan.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

"CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government's insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies," The Washington Post writes.

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3:03pm

Fri April 27, 2012
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Lehman Was Set To Pay 50 Execs $700 Million Just A Year Before Collapse

Sept. 15, 2008, in London: The news of Lehman's bankruptcy hits.
Cate Gillon Getty Images

Lehman Bros., the Wall Street giant, collapsed in September 2008 in the nation's largest bankruptcy and arguably kicked off a financial meltdown that helped drag the economy into the Great Recession.

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1:16pm

Fri April 27, 2012
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Major College Football Edges Closer To Playoffs

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, left, hands off to running back Trent Richardson during the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans last January.
Bill Haber AP

"Major college football is on the verge of implementing a playoff, its own version of the final four — two semifinals and a title game," The Associated Press writes.

Or, as The Wall Street Journal reports:

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11:45am

Fri April 27, 2012
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Blind Activist Flees House Arrest In China

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng with his wife and son outside their home in northeast China's Shandong province in 2005.
AFP/Getty Images

8:36am

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Economy Grew At 2.2 Percent Rate In First Quarter

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 9:12 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of the year, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

That's down from the 3 percent pace in fourth-quarter 2011, but is still better than the 1.7 percent growth for all of last year.

The first-quarter figure will be revised twice, in each of the next two months.

We'll have more about the report shortly.

Update at 8:47 a.m. ET. Behind The Numbers:

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8:13am

Fri April 27, 2012
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Almost One Year After Bin Laden's Death, Pakistan Deports His Family

Pakistani policemen escort a minivan carrying family members of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, in Islamabad, earlier today.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

7:35am

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Your Turn, New York: Space Shuttle Fly-By Set For This Morning

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 12:42 pm

Riding atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, the space shuttle Enterprise flew past the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor today.
Bruce Bennett Getty Images

Space nuts here in Washington, D.C., had their fun last week when a jumbo jet carrying space shuttle Discovery buzzed the nation's capital.

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7:09am

Fri April 27, 2012
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Deal To Move Marines From Okinawa Will Cut Their Presence About In Half

A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter takes off from Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

The news overnight that the U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement to move about 9,000 U.S. Marines off the island of Okinawa means that slightly more than half of the Marines who have been stationed there will be heading to Guam and other places in the Pacific.

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11:26am

Thu April 26, 2012
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VIDEO: Norwegians Stand Up To Killer's Hate By Joining In Song

People gathered in Oslo today to sing Children of the Rainbow, in a demonstration against the views of killer Anders Behring Breivik.
Kyrre Lien AFP/Getty Images

8:48am

Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

'Bring Andy Home:' Search For Missing Corgi Goes High Tech

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 6:27 pm

Where's Andy?
The Bring Andy Home Facebook page

8:40am

Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Almost No Change In Jobless Claims Last Week

There were 388,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down just 1,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

And in another sign that the labor market's recovery remains sluggish, the agency said "the 4-week moving average was 381,750, an increase of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 375,500." That measure is said by economists to be a better gauge of the underlying trend in claims.

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6:31am

Thu April 26, 2012
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After Conviction, Pakistani Prime Minister 'Imprisoned' For Just A Few Minutes

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:15 pm

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as he arrived at court today in Islamabad.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Convicted today of contempt for refusing to push for the reopening of a corruption case involving Pakistan's president, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was given a prison sentence that lasted just a few minutes.

"The ruling ... appeared to be a compromise," The Associated Press writes, "but could still mean problems for him because he has been convicted in a court. That means he could face dismissal from office in the weeks, or more likely, months to come."

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6:00am

Thu April 26, 2012
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Conflicting Claims On Cause And Death Toll After Explosion In Syria

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 6:08 am

While activists inside Syria say government forces are responsible for an explosion today in the city of Hama, and that about 70 people were killed, President Bashar Assad's regime has a much different story. It says about 16 people were killed by an explosion at a bomb factory used by "armed terrorist groups," the BBC reports.

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