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
6:13 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Romney's Wrong And Right About The '47 Percent'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talking to reporters Monday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 10:12 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters that "there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" because they are "dependent upon government ... believe that they are victims ... believe the government has a responsibility to care for them ... these are people who pay no income tax."

Who was he talking about?

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The Two-Way
4:57 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Palestinians Have 'No Interest ... In Establishing Peace,' Romney Says

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 8:30 am

The liberal news outlet Mother Jones has followed Monday's leaked video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying that 47 percent of Americans will vote for President Obama because they are "dependent upon government" and "believe that they are victims," with another clip in which he says Palestinians have "no interest whatsoever

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The Two-Way
4:33 am
Tue September 18, 2012

As Attacks Continue, NATO Scales Back Joint Operations In Afghanistan

A suicide bomber struck a convoy of buses today in Kabul, killing at least 12 people — mostly foreigners.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images
  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on 'Morning Edition'

NATO's announcement Monday that it is suspending some joint operations with Afghan forces could have a "huge impact" on coalition forces' work in Afghanistan, NPR's Soryaya Sarhaddi Nelson said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Family Of Man Behind Anti-Islam Video Flees Home

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:42 am

In the pre-dawn hours today the wife, two sons and daughter of the man most prominently linked to the anti-Islam video that has sparked violence in many Muslim cities fled their home in Cerritos, Calif.

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Mon September 17, 2012

It's A Panda! Cub Is Born At National Zoo

Mei Xiang, who gave birth overnight, enjoying a piece of fruit on Dec. 19, 2011, at the National Zoo.
Fang Zhe Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 5:58 am

There's great excitement at Washington's National Zoo this morning, where they're reporting "we have a giant panda cub!"

Officials write that, "according to chief veterinarian Suzan Murray:

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel Asks Court To Order Teachers Back To School

Striking Chicago public school teachers outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school earlier today.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Following through on what he said he would do if the city's teachers didn't end their week-old strike and return to their classrooms, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a judge to intervene.

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Mon September 17, 2012

A Los Alamos Landmark, The 'Black Hole,' Is About To Disappear

"Atomic Ed" Grothus at the Black Hole surplus story in Los Alamos, N.M., in 2008.
John Burnett NPR

It's called the Black Hole because "everything goes in and nothing comes out," as founder Ed Grothus told NPR's John Burnett in 2008.

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The Two-Way
5:31 am
Mon September 17, 2012

White House Launching Trade Complaints Against China

A worker inspects auto parts at a factory in Chengdu, China. (2005 file photo.)
China Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 10:10 am

"The White House Monday will demand through a world trade panel that China stop subsidizing auto parts made for export," reports Cleveland's Plain Dealer.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Row Over Photos Of Topless Kate Lands In French Courts

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, earlier today on a visit to the Solomon Islands.
Daniel Munoz AFP/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace is following up its promise to bring a civil suit against the French magazine that published photos of a topless Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) with a criminal complaint that's also been filed in a French court.

According to the BBC:

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The Two-Way
4:58 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Rushdie Decries 'Mindset Of The Fanatic' That Sparks Anti-American Protests

There were also anti-American protests in Kabul on Sunday.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reporting from Kabul
  • Salman Rushdie speaking with NPR's Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'

Anti-American demonstrations tied to the film Innocence of Muslims spread to Afghanistan's capital today, where a thousand or so men and boys shouted "death to America!," burned cars and threw stones at police.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Suspect Charged In 'Air Hoax,' And Victim Arrested On Unrelated Charges

The US Air flight that was forced to return to Philadelphia on Thursday because of the hoax.
Clem Murray MCT /Landov

File this under "you think you had a bad day?" and "that was a really dumb idea."

First, a plane headed from Philadelphia to Texas is turned around Thursday because someone called authorities to say a passenger was carrying a "liquid explosive."

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It's All Politics
8:38 am
Fri September 7, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Video Of Gabrielle Giffords Leading The Pledge

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., waves to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

It was, as Eyder wrote Thursday night, "one of the convention's most emotional moments."

So here, in case you missed it, is a video clip of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords leading her fellow Democrats in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

VIDEO: Jennifer Granholm's High-Energy Address To The DNC

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm making one of her points Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama and Vice President Biden are naturally getting the big headlines. But it's former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm who is getting a lot of the buzz this morning for her high-energy address Thursday night at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Thanks to the video archive that C-SPAN helpfully makes available, we've created a clip of her 6 minute, 30-second appearance.

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Clinton Signs Report Designating Haqqani Network As Terrorist Group

A U.S. Predator drone flies through the night sky over Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Such drones have been targeting groups such as the Haqqani network that are accused of attacking U.S. and Afghan forces.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

One of the most violent groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan — one which top U.S.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Bail Granted For Christian Pakistani Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Against Islam

The young Pakistani girl who has been in custody for about two weeks after neighbors accused her of burning some Islamic religious materials has been granted bail by a judge in Islamabad.

But NPR's Jackie Northam reports that the bail set today — the equivalent of about $10,000 — is an "enormous sum here in Pakistan." So it's uncertain whether Rimsha Masih will be out of jail anytime soon.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Top Stories: Jobs Report; Obama's Speech; Bail For Pakistani Christian Girl

Good morning.

Some of the early and overnight headlines on posts we've done here and at It's All Politics:

-- High Unemployment & Slow Job Growth: Likely News From Today's Report.

-- Obama: 'Times Have Changed ... So Have I'.

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The Two-Way
4:51 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Just 96,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls; Unemployment Rate Dips To 8.1 Percent

At a job fair in San Diego this week, Navy Sailor E-5 Cedric Washington spoke to Sim Garriotti from Lockheed Martin while interviewing for a potential position.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 7:34 am

The number of jobs on private and public payrolls grew by just 96,000 in August from July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said this morning.

Meanwhile, the nation's unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent the month before. Often, the jobless rate dips even when employment growth is weak because the size of the labor force shrank as many Americans gave up looking for work.

It's a report that will surely add to the presidential campaign rhetoric.

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It's All Politics
4:32 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Fact Checkers Ding Obama And Biden For Some Spinning

Vice President Biden and President Obama wave to the delegates Thursday night at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:52 am

"We heard some facts being spun" Thursday night when President Obama and Vice President Biden gave their acceptance speeches at the Democratic National Convention, report the watchdogs at FactCheck.org.

They and other independent fact checkers have compiled, just as they did at last week's Republican National Convention, a list of those things said by the two parties' standard bearers that don't quite add up or may give misleading impressions.

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