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
12:50 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Supreme Court To Weigh Constitutionality Of Voting Rights Act

Aug. 6, 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson presents one of the pens used to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to James Farmer, Director of the Congress of Racial Equality.
National Archives Getty Images

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh the constitutionality of the decision by Congress in 2006 to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, the landmark Civil Rights legislation enacted in 1965 that let millions of African-Americans cast ballots for the first time in states that had long blocked them from voting booths.

According to Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSBlog:

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Lee MacPhail, Half Of Only Father-Son Duo In Baseball Hall Of Fame, Dies

Lee MacPhail in 1985.
Marty Lederhandler AP

Former American League President Lee MacPhail, who as a baseball executive with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles helped build World Series champions, has died. He was 95.

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9:48 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Obama To Lay Down His Markers On Economy & Fiscal Cliff

Vice President Biden looks on as President Obama speaks at the White House.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 11:08 am

The post-election negotiations over taxes, the economy and the so-called fiscal cliff moved into a new phase this afternoon when President Obama stepped up to a microphone at the White House to lay out his latest thoughts about what needs to be done.

In many ways, this words were echoes from the hard-fought campaign.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Fri November 9, 2012

What Clinched It For Obama? Two-Way Readers Have Many Answers

The Obamas and Bidens as they celebrated early Wednesday in Chicago.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

We asked why President Obama won re-election and you weren't shy about sharing your opinions.

Our unscientific question, which 14,125 people answered, produced these results:

-- 42 percent said Obama won because of the combination of a stronger economy, a better campaign, his likability, Superstorm Sandy and the debates.

-- The second most popular choice, with 18 percent, was just the stronger economy.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Fri November 9, 2012

No Federal Charges Against Syracuse Coach

Federal prosecutors say they will not bring charges against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who a year ago was accused of having sexually abused young boys.

According to The Post-Standard in Syracuse, "after nearly a year of police scouring more than 100,000 pages of seized documents and interviewing 130 witnesses, the investigation that attracted national media attention has ended, prosecutors said."

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Lt. Col Herbert Carter, One Of The Last Tuskegee Airmen, Dies

Tuskegee Airman Col. Herbert Carter, listens as Gov. Robert Bentley reads a proclamation honoring the fliers during a ceremony at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 20.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:31 am

Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, who flew 77 missions in Europe during World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Thursday at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Stan Ingold of Alabama Public Radio reports.

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The Two-Way
5:44 am
Fri November 9, 2012

'Drunk Nate Silver' Parody Wakes Up After Real Nate Silver's Big Score

@drunknatesilver

Being declared the election's second-biggest winner has meant lots of attention for FiveThirtyEight.com statistical wiz Nate Silver, who pretty much nailed the Obama-Romney race.

It's also put new life into the Twitter parody account "Drunk Nate Silver."

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The Two-Way
4:53 am
Fri November 9, 2012

New York Starts Gas Rationing; New Jersey To Re-evalulate

One way to avoid the odd-even rationing rule is to line up with a gas can and no car, as these people were doing last week in Matawan, N.J.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 11:16 am

Nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the region, problems getting gas to stations and power outages that have left many pumps inoperable continue to plague drivers in New York City, New Jersey and some points nearby.

So starting today, New York City and Long Island are joining New Jersey by enacting gas rationing rules.

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4:13 am
Fri November 9, 2012

VIDEO: Obama Tears Up As He Thanks Campaign Staff

President Obama tearing up a bit as he thanks campaign workers.
Obama campaign video

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 4:20 am

"No-drama Obama" got emotional as he thanked his campaign staff this week in Chicago, and a video released Thursday of him tearing up is going viral.

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2:49 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

For Romney: 15-Car Motorcade To Concession Speech; One Car To Get Home

Before the vote, GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate (Rep. Paul Ryan, in the background) were guarded by watchful Secret Service agents. After results came in, the agents quickly disappeared.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:27 pm

When it comes time for the Secret Service protection to end and the entourage to disappear, it happens quickly for the losing presidential candidate.

GQ's Marc Ambinder reports about how fast everything ended early Wednesday for Republican nominee Mitt Romney:

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Pee-peegate: 3-Year-Old's Whiz Leads To $2,500 'Public Urination' Ticket

Dillan Warden, the little guy who had to go.
KCTV

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:21 am

While we were busy paying attention to storms and presidential politics earlier this week, we missed a story from Oklahoma that may just (insert four-letter euphemism for urine here) you off.

It seems that when 3-year-old Dillan Warden of Piedmont, Okla., (no joke!) had to "go" on Sunday he did what many little guys will do:

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Word To The Wise: Change Your Twitter Password

Twitter.com

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:23 am

The news is spreading that Twitter is warning quite a few users that their accounts may have been compromised and that they should immediately change their passwords.

TechCrunch says, "keep your eyes peeled Twitter users: Twitter is sending out emails to some of its users telling them it has reset their password and asking them to create a new one."

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Thu November 8, 2012

McDonald's Has First Drop In Key Sales Figure Since 2003

The golden arches at a McDonald's restaurant in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 6:50 pm

Fast-food giant McDonald's said today that revenue at its restaurants that have been open at least 13 months fell 1.8 percent in October — the first time it has suffered a month-to-month decline in that key indicator since April 2008, according to BloombergBusinessweek.

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5:44 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Jobless Claims Fell By 8,000 Last Week; Superstorm Sandy Might Be Factor

Job-related booklets at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

There were 355,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down by 8,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

But a measure designed to show the trend edged up: "The 4-week moving average was 370,500, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 367,250."

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5:22 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Three More Stories That Help Explain Why Obama Won

Some of the faces of those who supported the president, at his victory rally Tuesday in Chicago.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

NPR.org's Scott Neuman wrote earlier about how "a mixture of demographics, superior organization and a few tactical missteps from Republicans" helped President Obama win the battleground states.

From this morning's post-election analyses of the presidential campaign, here are three more looks at why Obama was re-elected Tuesday:

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4:36 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Texas Judge Who Beat His Daughter Is Reinstated To Bench

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.
YouTube.com (warning, video is graphic)

There was outrage across the nation last November when video of a 2004 beating that a local judge in Texas gave to his 16-year-old daughter went viral.

Within days, Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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4:08 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Nor'easter Adds Fear To Misery In N.Y. And N.J.

The snow this morning in Manhattan's Central Park, where several inches fell.
Margot Adler NPR

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:25 am

  • Martin Kaste on 'Morning Editon'

Still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, parts of New Jersey, New York City and surrounding regions are today digging out from a Nor'easter that dropped several inches of snow (more in some places) and caused more power outages.

We're following the news about the impact of the latest storm.

Update at noon, ET. Getting The Power Back On In New Jersey:

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Darrell Royal, Texas Football Coaching Legend, Dies

University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal during a game against Oklahoma in 1962.
AP

Darrell Royal, who coached the University of Texas Longhorns to three national titles "and became the biggest college football icon in a state that worships the sport, has died at age 88," Austin's American-Statesman reports.

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9:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tell Us: Why Did Obama Win?

President Obama celebrating early this morning in Chicago.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 9:30 am

  • NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Pew's Michael Dimock

Two-Way readers were pretty smart about when we would hear who won the White House.

It was 11:29 p.m. ET last night when we posted the news that "Obama wins."

And:

"Between 10 p.m. ET and midnight Tuesday" was the most popular choice by the 13,801 readers who answered our "when will we know who won?" question. It was picked by 32.2 percent.

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8:28 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Stocks Fall On 'Fiscal Cliff' Fears

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Allison Joyce Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:02 pm

On the day after voters returned President Obama to the White House and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House:

"Investors pulled back sharply ... [amid] rising worries about the upcoming fiscal fight in Congress," The Wall Street Journal writes.

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