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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1:40pm

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Damaged By 1928 Flood, Pompeii Painting By John Martin Now Restored

A museum employee looked at John Martin's recently restored The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, at the Tate Britain in central London on Monday (Sept. 19, 2011).
Andrew Winning Reuters/Landov

"A painting considered beyond repair after being submerged in filthy floodwater when the Thames breached its banks in 1928 will be seen in something approaching its wild and lurid former glory on Tuesday when it goes on public display for the first time in a century," The Guardian writes.

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12:30pm

Mon September 19, 2011
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In Their Words: Obama, Boehner On Taxes

Far apart: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama in July.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

For comparison purposes, here's a look at the latest words about taxes from President Obama (D) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). As NPR's Mara Liasson said earlier, "yes, we're at a stalemate."

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11:05am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Welcome To The List: Italian Sparrow Is A Species, Researchers Say

An Italian sparrow.
L. B. Tettenborn

Bird watchers, and other nature lovers, take note:

"Scientists in Norway say they have conclusive genetic evidence that sparrows recently evolved a third species," the BBC reports. "The Italian sparrow, they argue, is a cross between the ubiquitous house sparrow and the Spanish sparrow."

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9:20am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: I'll Veto A 'One-Sided Deal,' It's Time 'To Do What's Right'

President Obama at the White House, talking about his deficit-reduction plan.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Saying that "Washington has to live within its means" and that lawmakers must "cut what we can't afford to pay for what really matters," President Obama just introduced what he says is a plan to cut an additional $3 trillion from budget deficits over the next decade.

And he vowed to veto any legislation that puts all the burden of deficit reduction on those who rely on Medicare and other social programs. "It will not happen on my watch," declared Obama, in making the case that the wealthy and corporations must also be asked to pay more in taxes.

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8:00am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Some Spectators Think Reno Pilot Was Trying To Steer Clear Of Fans

(Note at 12:10 p.m. ET: A 10th person has died, according to officials in Washoe County, Nev. We've updated the post to reflect that news.)

As investigators search for clues into the cause of Friday's deadly accident at a Reno air race, in which 10 people were killed and dozens more injured when a plane crashed into a V.I.P. tent, there are reports that some who were there think 74-year-old pilot Jimmy Leeward did his best to prevent an even worse tragedy.

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7:10am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Netflix Is Splitting: DVD Service To Be Called Qwikster

The red Netflix envelope is due to be replaced by Qwikster.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Saying that "I messed up," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced late Sunday evening that after many complaints from its customers about a 60 percent increase in its fees, the company is splitting its services.

Soon, if you just want DVDs-by-mail, you'll be dealing with Qwikster (Hastings says the name "refers to quick delivery).

If you want to stream movies and other content, the company you'll be using will still be called Netflix.

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6:42am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Investigation Continues Into Reno Air Crash; Iran Still Holds 2 Americans

Good morning.

President Obama this morning lays out what his aides say is a plan to reduce projected budget deficits by about $4 trillion over the decade. Earlier, we posted about "Five Things To Know About Obama's Deficit Plan."

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6:10am

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Strauss-Kahn: No Apology; Concedes 'Grave Moral Mistake'

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the studio of the French TV network TF1.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

While saying there was no violence involved in the May incident at a New York City hotel that led to his arrest on a sexual assault charge, former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has admitted making a "grave moral mistake" during what he says was a consensual encounter with a maid.

"I regret it infinitely," he said.

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5:35am

Mon September 19, 2011
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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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11:45am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

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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11:05am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 11:09 am

Bruce and Esther Huffman, video darlings.
YouTube

It's one of this week's "viral video sensations," as ABC News' Technology Review says.

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8:10am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Miami Battling Invasion Of Giant African Snails

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 8:13 am

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

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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7:45am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

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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7:25am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

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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6:50am

Fri September 16, 2011

6:30am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Emails Indicate White House Was Worried About Solyndra

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 6:32 am

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

"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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6:05am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

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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5:30am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

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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1:30pm

Thu September 15, 2011

1:04pm

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

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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