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
9:26 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Who Will Join UConn And Notre Dame In Women's Final Four?

Connecticut's Moriah Jefferson drives past Texas A&M's Jordan Jones during Monday night's game in Lincoln, Neb. Connecticut extended its unbeaten streak and is headed to the women's Final Four.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 8:07 am

Two undefeated teams are waiting to see who will join them in Nashville on Sunday as the NCAA women's basketball tournament moves toward its Final Four championship round.

Monday night, the University of Connecticut extended its undefeated season — beating Texas A&M 69-54. UConn, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the defending champion, has a 38-0 record this season. If UConn wins the tournament, it would be a record ninth title for the team.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Report: British Army Sniper's Single Shot Kills 6 Taliban

British Army Gurkha snipers in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in November 2007.
Steve Lewis Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:07 am

A shot fired by a British Army sniper at a suspected Taliban fighter in Afghanistan last December ended up killing not just the man in the marksman's sights but also five other men who were thought to be militant soldiers, The Telegraph reports.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missing Malaysian Jet May Never Be Found, Head Of Search Warns

Angus Houston, the retired Australian air chief marshal who is leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Lui Siu Wai Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:02 am

"The head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has raised the possibility that no wreckage from the passenger jet may ever be found, revealing authorities have a very poor understanding about how fast or far it traveled," The Sydney Morning Herald writes.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Russia May Withdraw Some Troops From Near Border With Ukraine

A Russian armored vehicle on the road between Simferopol and Sevastopol in Crimea earlier this month. Russia annexed the region two weeks ago. Other Russian forces, across the border from Ukraine, may pull back in coming days.
Viktor Drachev AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:21 pm

Russia is going to withdraw some of its troops from near the border with Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, according to the German leader's office.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

U.N. Report Raises Climate Change Warning, Points To Opportunities

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report.
ipcc.ch

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 7:07 am

"The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans," and the world is mostly "ill-prepared" for the risks that the sweeping changes present, a new report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes.

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Stocks Rise After Fed's Yellen Says Economy's Not So Hot

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaking Monday in Chicago.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:01 am

Just under two weeks ago, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emerged from her first meeting as head of the central bank's policymaking committee to talk to reporters.

Stocks fell.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Palestinian Diplomat Was Not Killed By Booby Trap, Police Say

Jan. 8: Palestinian security guards carry the flag-covered body of Jamal al-Jamal, ambassador to the Czech Republic, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:34 am

The circumstances of Jamal al-Jamal's death remain a mystery, but police in Prague say they've ruled out one cause.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Only 'Ocean Junk' Found So Far As Search For Jet Continues

One of the objects searchers have spotted floating in the southern Indian Ocean as they look for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Nothing they've seen so far has been connected to the missing jet.
Jason Reed AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:19 am

The state of the now 24-day-old search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane and the 239 people on board can be summed up by these four reports:

-- "Objects sighted at sea on Sunday by an Australian Orion searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been identified as fishing buoys, nets and other ocean junk." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Mon March 31, 2014

At Indictment, Pakistan's Musharraf Asserts His Innocence

In Islamabad on Monday, this man was among supporters of former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf who gathered outside the court where he appeared.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:56 am

Pervez Musharraf, the army chief who took over Pakistan in a 1999 coup and ruled as president for another nine years, was indicted Monday by a special court in Islamabad on five counts of high treason.

As The Associated Press says, those are charges that carry the death penalty and are "a sharp blow to the country's powerful military."

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Two Koreas Exchange Live Fire, Lob Shells Into Sea

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:32 am

"The two Koreas exchanged artillery fire across the western maritime border on Monday after the North staged a live-fire drill that sent artillery shells into southern waters and prompted the evacuation of South Korean islanders," South Korea's Yonhap News writes.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

$292M For Baseball's Miguel Cabrera? Let's Dig Into That Number

He's got 290 million reasons to smile: The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.
C.J. Gunther EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 12:03 pm

The numbers are eye-popping:

MLB.com and other news sites are reporting that Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting an eight-year contract extension from the team that means he's guaranteed to earn $292 million over the next 10 years if he keeps playing.

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers Won't Seek Re-Election

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., during an appearance last year on CBS News' Face the Nation. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says he won't seek re-election in November.
Chris Usher AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 1:17 pm

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., confirmed Friday that he will not seek re-election in November and is going to host a talk show on the Cumulus radio network starting next year.

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

New Lead Shifts Search For Missing Jet 700 Miles North

The new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about 1,100 miles west of Perth, Australia. Previous search areas are shaded gray and were about 700 miles to the southwest.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 10:45 am

Update at 9:25 a.m. ET. Aircraft Spot "Multiple Objects;" Search Concludes For The Day:

On their first day of searching a new area of the Southern Indian Ocean for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, "five aircraft spotted multiple objects of various colors," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Obama Lays Out His Plan To Have Telecoms Store Call Data

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 8:33 am

Following up on his acknowledgement in January that it's problematic to have the National Security Agency collecting and storing massive amounts of information about individuals' phone calls, President Obama announced Thursday that he has decided "the data should remain at the telephone companies."

NPR's Tamara Keith tells our Newscast Desk that:

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'Do It For Denmark' Video Urges Danes To Go All The Way

An image from "Do it for Denmark," which urges Danes to get going.
Spies Rejser video

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 8:38 am

While The Washington Post Morning Mix blog helpfully digs into statistics about Denmark's low birth rate and slow population growth, we'll get right to the point:

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