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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11:24am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Hewlett-Packard May Tap Meg Whitman To Be Its CEO

Meg Whitman, on April 12, 2011, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and 2010 Republican candidate for governor of California, may be Hewlett-Packard's next CEO.

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8:11am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Obama Addresses U.N. General Assembly

President Obama addresses the opening of the Untied Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21 in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

In an address that focused on "the pursuit of peace," President Obama just told delegates at the U.N. General Assembly that people everywhere want "to live with dignity and freedom; to get an education and pursue opportunity; to love our families and our God."

It is world leaders' responsibility, he said, to build "the kind of peace that makes life worth living."

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8:10am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Driven By Foreclosures, Existing Home Sales Rose In August

Sales of existing homes rose 7.7 percent in August from July, the National Association of Realtors just reported.

According to a statement from the association's chief economist, Lawrence Yun:

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7:12am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Tells Biden To 'Just Go Be Joe' On Campaign Trail

Go get 'em, the president tells Biden.
Susan Walsh AP

A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows that a majority of voters believe President Obama will lose "to any Republican" in next year's election and that "a solid plurality" of those surveyed say they will definitely vote against the president, the McClatchy news service reports.

And, it adds, "most potential Republican challengers" are gaining on Obama in one-on-one matchups.

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6:50am

Wed September 21, 2011

6:30am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

$16 Muffins, $8 Coffees, $5 Meatballs: Justice Dept. Spending Rapped

Originally published on Wed September 21, 2011 12:05 pm

Anel Fernandez Cover/Getty Images

There's more ammunition today for those who collect evidence of government waste.

In a new report covering the last few years of the George W. Bush administration and the first year of the Obama administration, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found that at conferences hosted by DOJ there was some "allowable but ... extravagant" spending.

A few notes from the report:

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6:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

At UN: Obama To Speak As Critics Take Aim At Mideast Policy

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 11:41 am

When President Obama steps to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly later this morning, he'll have a chance to explain why the U.S. opposes the bid by Palestinians to join that world body.

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5:42am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Former NPR News Exec Ellen Weiss Takes Job At Center For Public Integrity

Ellen Weiss, who resigned in January from her job as NPR's senior vice president for news after an independent review raised questions about "the speed and handling" of news analyst Juan Williams' termination, has been named executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity.

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5:10am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Iran Has Released Jailed Americans, State TV Says

A photo released by Iran's state-run Press TV on Feb. 6, 2011, shows U.S. hikers Shane Bauer (left) and Josh Fattal at court in Tehran.
AFP/Getty Images

Two American men jailed as spies in Iran since 2009 have been released, Iran's official Press TV reports.

The news site says it "has learned" that news.

Its report follows word from The Associated Press that attorney Masoud Shafiei said a court has approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

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1:43pm

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Another Shutdown Showdown Looming In Washington?

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 1:49 pm

The Capitol building.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Less than two months after nearly shutting down the federal government as they argued over the best way to reduce the budget deficit, there's word that Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are again at odds and that another shutdown showdown is possible.

Politico reports that:

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12:15pm

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

What A Bright Idea: 'A Liter Of Light' For The Poor

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:20 pm

That's a bottle of water shining brightly.
A Liter of Light

A BBC report this week about a project in the Philippines that has brought virtually free light to dark homes in some of that country's poorest neighborhoods brightened our day so much that we went looking to find out more.

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9:35am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

$2 Million For A Double-Wide Mobile Home? That's Malibu For You

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 9:37 am

Not bad digs. The $2 million double-wide in Malibu.
Malibu Real Estate Blog

The word is spreading about the $2 million — in cash — paid recently for a double-wide mobile home in Malibu, Calif.

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8:45am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Next Step For Drones May Be 'Automated Killing'

The "future of the American way of war," The Washington Post writes this morning, may be:

"A day when drones hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial 'Terminators,' minus beefcake and time travel."

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8:34am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Former Afghan President Killed In Attack

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 11:14 am

Burhanuddin Rabbani in January.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

At attack at his home in Kabul has left former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani dead, "two government sources" tell The Associated Press.

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7:40am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

2011 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Announced

Radiolab co-host and producer Jad Abumrad is among this year's 22 recipients of "genius" grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Each MacArthur fellow receives $500,000 "to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers."

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7:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

No Clemency For Troy Davis, Georgia Death Row Inmate

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 10:48 am

"The state Board of Pardons and Paroles ... has denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing pleas for mercy from Davis' family and calls for his execution by surviving relatives of a murdered Savannah police officer," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Now, the newspaper adds:

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6:40am

Tue September 20, 2011

6:20am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fades Away, Media Say

Copies of a new magazine called OutServe, intended for actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the U.S. military.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There are plenty of stories to choose from about today's milestone for the U.S. military — the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces.

Our NPR.org colleague Liz Halloran focused on two men who were "immersed in efforts to repeal the controversial measure."

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5:50am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Murdoch's Media Co. Offers $4.7M To Family Victimized In Hacking Scandal

Rupert Murdoch in July.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

There's a new development in the story that turned the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" into front-page news:

"Milly Dowler's family have been made a £3m offer by Rupert Murdoch's News International in an attempt to settle the phone-hacking case that led to the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of the company's chief executive, Rebekah Brooks," The Guardian reports.

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5:20am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

At The UN, Palestinian Bid For Membership Dominates Discussions

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 6:14 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. on Monday (Sept. 19, 2011).
Seth Wenig AP

As President Obama and other world leaders gather in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session, one of the hottest issues is President Mahmoud Abbas' request to make Palestine a member of the U.N.

He's making that push over "heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto" in the Security Council, The Associated Press notes.

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