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
12:54 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Michael Jackson's Doctor Gets 4-Year Sentence

The doctor found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson was just sentenced to four years in prison.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Reports: Herman Cain 'Reassessing' Campaign

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Scott Olson Getty Images
(New material based on NPR reporting added to the top of this post at 12:30 p.m. ET.)

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is reassessing his campaign but still plans to move ahead at this time, his Iowa campaign director tells The Associated Press and NPR.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Tue November 29, 2011

VIDEO: Brawling Senior Citizens, Kapp And Mosca, At Football Reunion

Joe Kapp, left, and Angelo Mosca during their brawl in Vancouver.
YouTube

Five days later, video of two 70-plus year old guys trading blows on stage during a Canadian Football League alumni luncheon in Vancouver is still getting clicks and still drawing lots of attention from the cable news networks, blogs and websites.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Consumer Confidence Bounces Higher

Though "overall readings remain historically weak," consumer confidence went up sharply this month, the private research group known as The Conference Board just reported.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Home Prices 'Drifted Lower' In Recent Months

One reason prices have been falling: A glut of foreclosed homes.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Home prices across the U.S. are still only "back to their first quarter of 2003 levels" and "drifted lower in September and the third quarter," according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, which were just released.

As The Associated Press says, the news is "the latest evidence that the troubled housing market won't recover any time soon."

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Norway's Mass Murderer Declared Insane, May Not Go To Prison

Anders Behring Breivik in 2009.
Norwegian police AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 9:03 am

Anders Behring Breivik had been delusional for a long time and was insane on July 22 when he killed 77 people during two horrific attacks in Norway, two psychiatrists reported today. He should be put in a psychiatric ward, not a prison, they conclude.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Top Stories: American Airlines' Bankruptcy, Facebook's Huge IPO Plan

Good morning.

Things have already been a bit busy, with some breaking news. Here are our early headlines:

-- American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Tue November 29, 2011

British Embassy In Iran Attacked

Protesters described by state media as "students" have broken into the British embassy in Tehran and there are reports of stones and "petrol bombs" being thrown.

This follows the vote by Iran's parliament on Sunday to further reduce ties with the U.K. because of Britain's support for tighter sanctions on Iran due to its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Tue November 29, 2011

American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:39 am

American Airlines, one of the giants of the U.S. airline industry, just announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Tue November 29, 2011

'Massive' Turnout Continues In Egypt On Second Day Of Voting

Votes piled up inside a ballot box at a polling station in Old Cairo earlier today (Nov. 29, 2011).
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 7:18 am

A second day of voting is underway in Egypt's parliamentary elections, with turnout being described as "massive and unexpected" and things moving along peacefully, The Associated Press and NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro report from Cairo.

According to the wire service:

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Reports: Urban Meyer Takes Ohio State Job

Urban Meyer: He won two football championships at Florida. Ohio State hopes he can bring more to Columbus.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Urban Meyer, who led the Florida Gators to two national football championships, will indeed be taking the head coaching job at Ohio State, according to reports from The Columbus Dispatch, ESPN and several other news outlets. There's a news conference at the school scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Kansas Gov.: Teen Doesn't Need To Apologize For Tweet

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 2:41 pm

There's no need for 18-year-old Emma Sullivan to apologize and his staff overreacted by telling officials at her high school that the teen had tweeted about how the governor "sucked," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) said today.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Reports: Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
Mark Wilson Getty Images

WBUR in Boston reports it has confirmed that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek re-election in 2012.

CNN says that "Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from [his] office."

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

At Occupy LA: Some Arrests, But 'Mostly Peaceful'

Earlier today in Los Angeles: An Occupy LA" protester on the street in front of city hall.
Michal Czerwonka Getty Images

"Police arrested several people early Monday at the Occupy L.A. demonstration outside City Hall, but then the commotion quickly died down," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The news that the holiday shopping season got a strong start on its unofficial launch day — Black Friday — has helped push stock index futures up sharply this morning.

After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'We Do Not Tolerate Abuse,' Syracuse Chancellor Says As She Fires Coach

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine during a game in March 2009. He was fired Sunday.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 8:53 am

The news from Syracuse University concerning child molestation allegations against assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine — which he denies — took several dramatic turns Sunday.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'Rage' In Pakistan, Deep Concern In U.S. After NATO Attack

Pakistani boys in Lahore joined in a protest Sunday about the NATO attacks that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

The foreign minister says there is "rage" in Pakistan about the NATO airstrike over the weekend that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

An Egyptian woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in the Manial neighborhood of Cairo earlier today (Nov. 28, 2011).
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago.

So far, according to reports from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests in major cities and the violent response to them from authorities.

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

FBI Raid Nabs 7 Suspected In Amish Beard Attacks

Sam Mullet outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio, earlier this year.
Amy Sancetta AP

"The FBI and local sheriff's deputies this morning raided an Amish compound in Ohio and arrested seven men, including reputed breakaway sect leader Sam Mullet, on federal hate crimes charges and related state violations in connection to a series of beard-cutting attacks against other Amish across Ohio," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

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:

The Two-Way
11:51 am
Wed November 23, 2011

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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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Planning To Fry That Turkey? Watch These Videos First

Frozen turkey hot oil = big problem.
SafetyAtHome.com

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Wed November 23, 2011

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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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Noriega To Be Extradited To Panama

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

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

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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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed November 23, 2011

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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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Wed November 23, 2011

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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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

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.
YouTube.com (warning, video is graphic)

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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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

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.
AFP/Getty Images

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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