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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1:52pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

From KQED: 'Faces of Occupy San Francisco'

Two months along, who are the people camped out at Occupy San Francisco? Our colleagues at KQED send along a photo gallery produced by Michelle Gachet. Click on each image for a caption about who's in it:

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11:51am

Wed November 23, 2011
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40 Miles Of 'Sticky Goo' Damages 150 Cars In Pennsylvania

We have to pass along more about this bullet from our Thanksgiving travel roundup:

"Some motorists were delayed for hours last night and early today on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh when 'a tar-like substance ... leaked from a tanker,' the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports."

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11:10am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Planning To Fry That Turkey? Watch These Videos First

Frozen turkey hot oil = big problem.
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10:15am

Wed November 23, 2011
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It's Crowded Out There Again, Got A Holiday Travel Tip To Share?

News nuggets like these are holiday classics:

-- "42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a four percent increase from the 40.9 million people who traveled one year ago," the AAA says.

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9:30am

Wed November 23, 2011
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Noriega To Be Extradited To Panama

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

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

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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9:10am

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

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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8:58am

Wed November 23, 2011
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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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8:24am

Wed November 23, 2011

8:00am

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

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.
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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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7:30am

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

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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7:22am

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

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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3:10pm

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Gets Heckled, Occupy-Style

A protester shouts during a speech by President Obama today in Manchester, N.H.
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1:25pm

Tue November 22, 2011
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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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12:30pm

Tue November 22, 2011
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Occupy Updates: L.A. Offers Space, Marchers Arrive In D.C.

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

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

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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10:30am

Tue November 22, 2011
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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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9:40am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

'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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9:06am

Tue November 22, 2011

8:45am

Tue November 22, 2011
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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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8:35am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

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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8:15am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor Apologizes For Pepper-Spraying

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

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

"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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7:55am

Tue November 22, 2011
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Talk About Rough Politics: Korean Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister

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

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.
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7:40am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

One Thing's For Sure, Superfailure Guarantees 'Long Election-Year Debate'

Now that it's official and the so-called supercommittee in Congress has declared its members can't agree on how to cut about $1.2 trillion from the next decade's federal budget deficits, the "what next" stories are everywhere.

And many are zeroing in on the political effects.

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7:15am

Tue November 22, 2011
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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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3:28pm

Mon November 21, 2011
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'Casually Pepper Spraying Cop' Meme Takes Off

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

Spraying the Declaration of Independence (John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence").
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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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1:45pm

Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

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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1:35pm

Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

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

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

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

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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12:15pm

Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

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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11:30am

Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

For Cairo Protesters, 'The Revolution Is Not Over'

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

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

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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10:48am

Mon November 21, 2011
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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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10:27am

Mon November 21, 2011
The Two-Way

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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