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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
10:20 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Kenneth Dahlberg, Who Didn't Lie About Watergate, Has Died

The scene of the crime that brought down a president.

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 10:53 am

"There aren't a lot of people in the world who have been war heroes, created a high-flying business, and uttered the words that would bring down a presidency," our Minnesota Public Radio colleague Bob Collins writes today.

"Ken Dahlberg was one of them."

Now, Dahlberg has died at the age of 94.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Life's Still Hard For 'Reality Hits You Hard, Bro' Guy

Arizona Republic

In case you haven't seen this video yet, we'll wait while you watch. It's worth it.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Georgia Woman Wins $15.1M After Clerk Sells Her Wrong Lottery Ticket

Georgia Lottery
(We're a little behind on this story, but it's too good not to pass along.)

Kathy Scruggs of Lithonia, Ga., has won $15.1 million from the Powerball lottery.

And as it turns out, she didn't even intend to buy a ticket for that game.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Hank Williams Jr.: 'Sorry If It Offended Anyone'

Hank Williams Jr.

Scott Boehm Getty Images

A quick follow to the news that ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s iconic opening song from this week's Monday Night Football broadcast because he had compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: College Students Urged To Walk Out Today

The scene this week at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan.

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 11:02 am

As the Occupy Wall Street protests enter their 19th day and continue to spread well beyond lower Manhattan, there's word from the related "Occupy Colleges" movement that a "nationwide college student walk out" has been called for noon today.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Four Accused Of 'Brazen' Federal Contracting Corruption Scheme

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 6:34 am

Four men were arrested Tuesday for their alleged roles in what the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, alleges was "one of the most brazen corruption schemes in the history of federal contracting."

The Washington Post's Crime Scene blog writes that:

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Chemistry Nobel Goes To Scientist Who Discovered Quasicrystals

Nobel laureate Daniel Shechtman.

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 11:06 am

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced this morning.

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Beware The Bear Market? Here's Why Not To

With the Dow Jones industrial average and other market indexes around 20 percent below their recent peaks, the very definition of a "bear market," there's understandably a fair amount of concern among investors and everyone else who watches the economic indicators.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Gov. Christie Says No To Presidential Run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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"Now is not my time," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just said at a news conference in Trenton — ruling out a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me," Christie added.

Update at 1:10 p.m. ET. More From Christie:

The governor said he did consider making a bid. He had been asked to run by many people, Christie said, and "felt an obligation to earnestly consider their advice."

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Tue October 4, 2011

At 'Underwear Bomber' Trial: An Outburst And A Shirt Change

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a 2009 booking photograph released by the U.S. Marshals Service in Detroit.

AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 10:50 am

The trial of the Nigerian man who authorities say tried to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear as a jetliner prepared to land in Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 began with some drama today in Detroit.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab declared as jury selection got underway that "Anwar is alive" — a reference to American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed on Friday by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Bernanke: Economic Outlook Has Deteriorated

Federal Reserve policymakers expect "a somewhat slower pace of economic growth over coming quarters" than they had been forecasting just four months ago, Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress this hour.

There has been, he added in a statement prepared for the Joint Economic Committee, a "deterioration in the economic outlook over the summer."

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Tue October 4, 2011

In Two Polls, Perry's Down And Cain Is Up; Meanwhile What About Christie?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 2:32 pm

Apply all the usual caveats: Poll numbers go up, poll numbers go down and we're still months away from Republicans actually casting meaningful votes for their presidential contenders.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Inspector General: Fannie Mae Was Told About Foreclosure Abuse In 2003

A foreclosure/price reduced sign stands in front of a home for sale on February 11, 2011 in Miami.

Joe Raedle Getty Images

One of the hottest stories this morning is word that, as The Associated Press puts it, "mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says."

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