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
6:35 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Five Things To Know About Obama's Deficit Plan

President Obama last week.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

President Obama this morning outlines a deficit-reduction plan that his economists say would reduce anticipated federal budget deficits by about $4 trillion over the next decade.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Alabama's Largest County Takes Big Step To Avoid Bankruptcy

The Jefferson County Commission in Alabama approved a plan today that could mean the county will avoid having to declare bankruptcy because of a $3.1 billion debt.

The Birmingham News cautions, though, that "the agreement [with creditors] is only a framework or a concept to settle the crisis, and work remains toward crafting a definitive, binding deal."

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Haven't Seen The 'Webcam 101 For Seniors' Video Yet? Here It Is

Bruce and Esther Huffman, video darlings.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 12:09 pm

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Miami Battling Invasion Of Giant African Snails

The invaders: Two Giant African Snails, in the hands of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services staffers on Thursday (Sept. 15, 2011).
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 9:13 am

Giant African Snails, "one of the most damaging land snails in the world," have invaded a southwest Miami subdivision and are now the focus of "a time-consuming expensive counter-attack" by authorities, the Miami Herald reports.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Fri September 16, 2011

No Joking This Time: 4 Men Hospitalized After Bee Attack In California

We had a bit of fun Thursday with a story about a 200-pound beehive in Arizona.

This story's nothing to laugh about:

"4 Men Hospitalized In Honeybee Attack." (OC Weekly)

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Fri September 16, 2011

New Book Cites 'Bitter Disputes' Among Obama's Economic Advisers

RonSuskind.com

Journalist Ron Suskind had already said that his new book about the Obama administration's response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis would reveal "bitter disputes" among the president's economic advisers.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Reports: Emails Indicate White House Was Worried About Solyndra

President Obama visited Solyndra's plant in Fremont, Calif., in May 2010.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 7:32 am

"A White House official fretted privately that the Obama administration could suffer serious political damage if it gave additional taxpayer support to the beleaguered solar-panel company Solyndra, according to newly released emails," The Washington Post write

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Will She Tip Over? Norwegian Cruise Ship Listing Dangerously After Fire

The MS Nordlys sits stricken in the water at Aalesund in western Norway.
Hakon Mosvold Larsen AFP/Getty Images

Norway's VG-TV is streaming video from the scene as workers try to keep the cruise ship MS Nordlys from tipping over.

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The Two-Way
6:30 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Texas Execution Put On Hold By Supreme Court

Duane Buck, "a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection" on Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to "his lawyers' claims that race played an improper role in his sentencing," The Associated Press writes.

As the wire service adds:

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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Medal Of Honor Recipient Is Among 'Best Of A Generation,' Obama Says

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty," U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer was just presented with the nation's highest honor for valor on the battlefield. He's the first living Marine since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

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The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

V.P. Boehner? Not If He Has To Go To Funerals, The Speaker Jokes

One of House Speaker John Boehner's tearful moments came as he took over from Democrat Nancy Pelosi last January.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 3:17 pm

There was a funny moment during House Speaker John Boehner's appearance at The Economic Club of Washington a few minutes ago.

Asked if he might be a possible Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, Boehner — who's known for his habit of tearing up — joked that it's unlikely he'd be good for that job:

"It's hard enough for me to go to funerals of people I know, much less don't know."

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Postal Service Eyes 250 Processing Facilities For 'Consolidation Or Closure'

U.S. Postal Service mail delivery trucks sit idle at the Manassas post office in Virginia on September 5.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 12:39 pm

The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, which is facing losses of up to $10 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, today proposed what it says are "sweeping changes designed to save the organization up to $3 billion a year by cutting its network of processing facilities by over half and adjusting service standards."

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Tip: Don't Tackle A 200-Pound Hive Of Killer Bees Yourself

We love local TV news.

Especially stories such as this exclusive from KOLD in Tucson, Ariz:

"Killer Bees Attack, Kill Farm Animals In Bisbee."

Stick with it to the end (or fast forward to about the 2-minute mark) and the part where reporter Sonu Wasu says that if you find a 200-pound hive containing an estimated 250,000 killer bees "do not try to eradicate these bees yourself, it is a very dangerous job that should be left up to professionals."

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