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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8:15am

Wed August 24, 2011
The Two-Way

In Libya: Last Battle Of 'Bitter, Brutal Civil War'

The dramatic scenes Tuesday of joy and looting at what was Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's main compound in Tripoli have again raised the prospect that "the war is almost over," NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reported on Morning Edition earlier today.

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7:35am

Wed August 24, 2011
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Irene Likely To Be 'Major Hurricane Later Today;' Mid-Atlantic Bracing

Here she comes. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite photo of Hurricane Irene, taken Tuesday (Aug. 23, 2011). Cuba and Florida are to the left.
AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Irene "continues to strengthen as it pounds the southeastern Bahamas," the National Hurricane Center reports, and "will likely become a major hurricane later today."

Irene is a "category two" hurricane at this moment. The Hurricane Center expects it will be upgraded to "category three," with winds of more than 111 mph, today.

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7:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
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Gadhafi Vows To Fight; Irene Strengthens; East Coast Picks Up After Quake

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 7:06 am

Opposition fighters flashed the V-sign for victory during celebrations in Tripoli's newly named Martyrs Square, formerly known as Green Square, on Tuesday (Aug. 23, 2011).
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

We'll have more on each of these topics shortly, but first we want to quickly pass on the main headlines related to the day's three major stories:

-- Libya: "From Hiding, Gadhafi Tells Libyans To Free Tripoli."

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10:40am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Lager's Key Yeast May Have Come From Argentina

An Argentinian heritage? Scientists say the key yeast in lager may have originated in Patagonia.
Robert Sullivan AFP/Getty Images

We have to confess we didn't know that for decades, scientists have been trying to find the "parent yeast" that makes lager beer possible.

Apparently they were.

And now, they may have an answer: Beech forests in Argentina.

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9:15am

Tue August 23, 2011
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Quakes Rattle Southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico

The locations of the quakes.
U.S. Geological Survey

"The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years" shook buildings but apparently caused little damage late last night, Denver's ABC 7 News reports. A few homes may have been damaged and some rock slides were reported.

It was a 5.3 magnitude temblor and the epicenter was "about 180 miles south of Denver."

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8:45am

Tue August 23, 2011
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Moth Was OK (Player Was Too) After Getting Stuck In Outfielder's Ear

Ouch. Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals as he left the field Monday night with a moth stuck in his right ear.
MLB.com

Well, at least the moth was OK when it was pulled out of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday's ear Monday night.

According to the Post Dispatch, Holliday even took the little critter home with him.

We can't vouch for its fate after that.

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8:20am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Seventh Victim Of Indiana Stage Collapse Dies; Families Try To Cope

Aug. 13, 2011: A stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Seven people have died from the injuries they received.
Joey Foley Getty Images

"The families of those who were seriously hurt when the Indiana State Fair Grandstand stage rigging collapsed" on Aug. 13, are struggling with "a mix of hoping and coping," The Indianapolis Star writes this morning.

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8:05am

Tue August 23, 2011
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Hurricane Irene Gaining Strength; Japan Expecting New Prime Minister

The projected path puts the center of the storm over North Carolina at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday.
National Hurricane Center

Good morning.

The fight for control of Tripoli continues, as we reported earlier. From Libya, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports that what had looked like it might be a quick victory for opponents of Moammar Gadhafi is turning into what could be "a bitter, difficult battle."

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7:20am

Tue August 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Fighting Flares In Tripoli

Young boys on a dark street in Tripoli late last night (Aug. 22, 2011). Fighting flared again today in the Libyan capital.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

The situation in Libya remains very fluid. As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro said on Morning Edition, there was "a stunning turn of events" on Monday.

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3:55pm

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi's Weapons Of Concern: Shoulder-Fired Missiles

As opposition forces have moved into Tripoli, they've gotten into some of the Iraqi military's weapons depots. But they haven't necessarily secured all the military hardware, leaving some of it vulnerable to those who might try to sell it on the black market.

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11:20am

Mon August 22, 2011
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Raise My Taxes? Not So Fast, Retired CEO Tells Warren Buffett

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Here's one wealthy man's response to billionaire Warren Buffett's recent op-ed piece that made the case for raising taxes on the wealthy. Harvey Golub, former CEO of American Express, disagrees:

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8:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Latest News

Events are moving quickly in Libya, where over the weekend opposition forces entered Tripoli. They may be closing in on leader Moammar Gadhafi, though there's no certain word on his whereabouts.

NPR.org's constantly updated news story is here. And we'll be updating this post with developments. Hit your "refresh" button to be sure you're seeing our latest additions.

As we write this at 8 a.m. ET, here are some of the latest headlines:

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7:45am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Libya; Israel-Gaza; Strauss-Kahn; Hurricane Irene

Good morning.

The big breaking story of the day, so far, comes from Libya. Opposition fighters have started to take control of Tripoli, and may be closing in on Moammar Gadhafi. As we reported earlier, the sudden shift in momentum appears to have happened because the opposition has gotten better organized and NATO stepped up its air attacks.

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7:15am

Mon August 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Libya: Why Has The Tide Turned?

Opposition fighters in Tripoli earlier today (Aug. 22, 2011).
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

The news that opposition fighters moved into Tripoli over the weekend and have begun to take control of the Libyan capital and perhaps close in on Moammar Gadhafi has raised this question (among others):

Libya's civil war has been going on for six months. Much of the time things have seemed to be at an impasse. What happened in recent days to change the picture?

Here's some of the reporting on that:

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3:15pm

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Baseball's Clemens Should Be Tried Again, Prosecutors Argue

"Prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury case say they made an honest mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and the baseball star should face another trial," The Associated Press reports.

Back in July, on the second day of proceedings, federal Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial. As NPR's Nina Totenberg reported:

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2:55pm

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Urban Hero: NYC Bookseller Has Held Same Parking Spot For 11 Years

Charles Mysak sells books on a street corner. And his car (behind the stacks) stays parked right there.
Alden Peters

You just have to read a story with a headline like this:

"Parking 'squat' Bookseller stakes out same spot for 11 years."

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1:45pm

Fri August 19, 2011
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Indiana Stage Collapse Claims Sixth Person's Life

Sad news from the Indianapolis Star:

"Jennifer Haskell, 22, a senior at Ball State University, died this morning from injuries suffered in Saturday's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

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11:50am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Detente Rules In China: Georgetown, Chinese Teams Make Up

Basketball players from Georgetown University and China's Bayi Rockets team traded punches during their game Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) in Beiing.
Yangshizhonh-China Daily AFP/Getty Images

There's word from Voice of America this hour that members of the Georgetown University men's basketball team and players from China's professional Bayi Rockets club have "cleared up some of their differences ... a day after they fought on a basketball court in Beijing."

According to VOA:

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9:45am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Stocks Open Lower

In the first 15 minutes or so of trading on Wall Street, the stock market — as expected — headed south. But the decline was not precipitous. After initially falling about 100 points (around 1 percent), the Dow Jones industrial average recovered some and was off only around 50 points.

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9:15am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Third Haboob Of Summer Covers Phoenix In Sand And Dust

The area around Phoenix was hit by its third "haboob" of the summer last evening, as strong winds sent a huge cloud of sand and dust rolling over the area.

The Arizona Republic says that "blowing dust blanketed much of the Valley ... reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile."

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8:30am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

'West Memphis Three' Are Set Free

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:28 pm

Eighteen years after the brutal murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., the three men convicted of the killings have been set free.

Though today they pleaded guilty to the murders, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are being released because of questions that new DNA evidence has raised and because prosecutors believe that the time that has expired since the crimes makes it too difficult to prevail in a new trial.

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7:55am

Fri August 19, 2011
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Yabba Dabba 'Doh! Truck Driver Tries To Use His Feet As Brakes

This option would not have occurred to us:

Wednesday evening in Roseville, Mich., a 24-year-old man who apparently knew his pickup truck's brakes weren't working got behind the wheel anyway and tried to drive home.

He attempted, Fred Flintstone-style, to use his feet as brakes.

As you can imagine, things didn't work out very well. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Vehicles were damaged, however. And the police got much of the mayhem on video.

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7:00am

Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Stock Futures Point Down; New Attacks In Afghanistan, Pakistan

Good morning.

After Thursday's sharp drops on Wall Street, lots of folks are wondering what's going to happen in the stock market today.

Well, according to Reuters: "Stock index futures pointed to a sharply weaker open for equities on Wall Street on Friday."

Translation: Expect a drop.

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8:20am

Thu August 18, 2011
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Developing: Attacks Kill Several, Wound Dozens In Israel

Bus 392 sits on the highway running from Beersheva to Eilat, with windows broken following a gun attack near the Israel-Egypt border.
Yehuda Ben Itah Getty Images

"Five people were killed and dozens were wounded Thursday in a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli targets approximately 20 kilometers [12 miles] north of the southern city of Eilat, close to the border with Egypt," Israel's Haaretz.com is reporting.

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7:55am

Thu August 18, 2011
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VIDEO: Christine O'Donnell Walks Out on CNN's Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan, left, and Christine O'Donnell before she left the set last night.
CNN.com

It's been a while since we checked in on Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party/Republican candidate for Senate last year in Delaware.

Last night, she landed back in the news because of an on-air dust-up with CNN's Piers Morgan that ended when O'Donnell removed her microphone and walked off the show mid-broadcast.

CNN has posted video of the departure moment here and made it available for others to embed, so we'll add it below.

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7:20am

Thu August 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: U.S. To Call On Assad To Step Down; S&P Being Investigated

Good morning.

Among the interesting stories that broke overnight:

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8:10am

Wed August 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'Straight Up Revenge' Drives University Of Miami Booster

Originally published on Wed August 17, 2011 9:40 pm

Yahoo! Sports' investigation.
sports.yahoo.com

It's a story that has sent "shockwaves through the world of college sports," as NPR's David Greene said earlier today on Morning Edition:

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7:25am

Wed August 17, 2011
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AP: After Labor Day, Obama To Roll Out New Ideas On Job Growth

Originally published on Wed August 17, 2011 8:31 am

Good morning.

President Obama will be in Illinois today, where he'll wind up a three-day bus tour of the Midwest that included stops in Iowa and Minnesota — key battleground states in the 2012 election.

As he wraps up that trip, The Associated Press reports that following his upcoming vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the president "will give a major speech in early September to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class."

According to the AP, it's been told by a "senior administration official" that:

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8:30am

Tue August 16, 2011
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Survivor Of Bataan Death March Dies; Albert Brown Was 105

We'll pause for a moment to consider a remarkable life:

"Albert Brown, the oldest living World War II veteran and survivor of the 65-mile forced World War II trek known as the Bataan Death March, has died," Illinois' The Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports.

He was 105 and passed away Sunday at a nursing home in Nashville, Ill.

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7:55am

Tue August 16, 2011
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Suspect In Australian Bomb Hoax Arrested In Kentucky

The suspect was arrested halfway around the world, in Kentucky.
David R. Lutman AFP/Getty Images

"An Australian man was arrested in Oldham County [Ky.] on Monday in connection with a fake bomb that authorities said was placed around the neck of a teenager halfway around the world as part of an alleged extortion plot," the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

According to the newspaper:

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