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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1:05pm

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

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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10:55am

Tue October 4, 2011
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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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9:45am

Tue October 4, 2011
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At 'Underwear Bomber' Trial: An Outburst And A Shirt Change

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 9:50 am

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

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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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8:35am

Tue October 4, 2011
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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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7:45am

Tue October 4, 2011
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In Two Polls, Perry's Down And Cain Is Up; Meanwhile What About Christie?

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 1:32 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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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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Tue October 4, 2011

7:05am

Tue October 4, 2011
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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.

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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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6:20am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Scores Killed By Truck Bomb In Somalia

There's been a deadly bombing today in the capital of Somalia.

"Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Education in Mogadishu, killing at least 70 people, wounding dozens and shattering a relative calm that had prevailed ... for weeks," The Associated Press reports.

According to the BBC:

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6:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 6:06 am

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"Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers have come to terms on a new four-year contract that trades annual pay raises for profit sharing and a signing bonus and promises thousands of new jobs building cars and trucks," The Associated Press writes.

Details aren't out yet, but the union has confirmed on its Twitter page that a "tentative agreement" has been reached.

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5:30am

Tue October 4, 2011
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As Amanda Knox Heads Home, Murdered Girl's Family Seeks Answers

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 5:39 am

Arline Kercher and Lyle Kercher, the mother and brother of murder victim Meredith Kercher, on Monday in Perugia, Italy.

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Her murder conviction overturned by an Italian appeals court, American Amanda Knox has left Italy and is making her way home to Seattle, The Associated Press reports.

Now, the BCC writes:

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5:00am

Tue October 4, 2011
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Nobel Prize In Physics Honors Work On Expanding Universe

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Three U.S.-born scientists whose work indicates that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

American Saul Perlmutter will share the $1.5 million award with U.S.-Australian Brian Schmidt and U.S. scientist Adam Riess, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced this morning.

In its statement announcing the honors, the academy writes that

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2:25pm

Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Incoming NPR CEO Makes Case For Public Funding, Will Look At All Sources

Incoming NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.

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"Public radio needs to do a better job of making the case" for public funding as one of its revenue sources, the incoming CEO and president of NPR said this afternoon.

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1:00pm

Mon October 3, 2011
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White House Knew Solyndra Was In Trouble, Emails Indicate

May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman.
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"E-Mails Reveal Early White House Worries Over Solyndra," reads the headline on the lead story at NYTimes.com this hour.

"Donor, Officials Warned Obama Not To Visit Solyndra After Financial Warnings," says WashingtonPost.com.

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11:50am

Mon October 3, 2011
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VIDEO: Comet Hits Sun; Is Brilliant Explosion Related?

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SpaceWeather.com says most solar physicists would likely say that a "puny comet" couldn't set off a "coronal mass ejection" of solar particles.

But check out this video from over the weekend, when a comet struck the sun. The images were animated by Helioviewer.org, "an open-source project for the visualization of solar and heliospheric data" that is funded by the European Space Agency and NASA.

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10:34am

Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

GM, Chrysler Posted Sharp Sales Gains In September; Ford's Rose Too

"General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC posted double-digit sales increases in September, defying the prevailing malaise in the economy," The Detroit News reports. "GM reported U.S. sales of 207,145 vehicles last month, a 20 percent increase over September 2010. Chrysler's domestic sales were up 27 percent."

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8:40am

Mon October 3, 2011
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Manufacturing Grew In September, Construction Gained In August

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 8:43 am

Neither reports signals a sharp turnaround for the sluggish economy, but:

-- The manufacturing sector "expanded in September for the 26th consecutive month," the Institute for Supply Management says. An index it calculates that measures such things as orders, production and employment stood at 51.6 in September vs. 50.6 in August. A reading above 50 is supposed to signal an expanding factory sector. The index has been at 50 or above for those 26 months.

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8:00am

Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

First Up For New Yahoo-ABC News Venture: Obama Interview

Linda Holmes over at Monkey See will be looking at the pluses, minuses and other issues related to the news that Yahoo and ABC News are launching "a strategic online news alliance."

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7:40am

Mon October 3, 2011
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Will Nobel Laureate Who Died On Friday Still Be Honored?

"Work produced by a person since deceased shall not be considered for an award. If, however, a prizewinner dies before he has received the prize, then the prize may be presented."

That's one of the rules in the Statues of the Nobel Foundation, and it's suddenly pertinent because it's just been announced that Rockefeller University scientist Ralph Steinman died on Friday.

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Mon October 3, 2011

6:10am

Mon October 3, 2011
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'Occupy Wall Street' Spreads

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 11:03 am

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Police begin to arrest "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

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The "Occupy Wall Street" protests "appears to be settling in for the long term," NPR's Jeff Brady reports.

And as Jeff said on Weekend Edition Sunday:

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