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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10:22am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 1:03 pm

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

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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6:48am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:17 pm

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

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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6:03am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Death Toll From Mudslide 'Will Only Increase'

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:46 pm

Searchers approach the site of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., that tore through about 50 homes and properties.
Ted S. Warren/Pool EPA/Landov

Officials expect to release more information later today about the death toll from last weekend's massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., and they're warning that the news is going to be grim.

"We understand there has been confusion over the reported number of fatalities," Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said Thursday. "The sadness here is that we know this number will only increase."

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5:03am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

New Lead Shifts Search For Missing Jet 700 Miles North

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 11:45 am

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

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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11:40am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Mudslide Volunteers: 'We're Going In Whether You Let Us Or Not'

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:52 pm

A worker uses a chain saw at the scene of the deadly mudslide near Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking AP

When emergency personnel got to the scene of Saturday's mudslide near Oso, Wash., they kept people away. Much of a mountain had torn off, roared across the Stillaguamish River, and destroyed about 50 homes and properties.

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10:06am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Review Done For Gov. Christie's Office Absolves Him In Bridge Scandal

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 4:42 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Mel Evans AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "account of these events rings true" and he has "conducted himself at every turn as someone who has nothing to hide," according to an investigation — done at the request of the governor's office — of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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9:33am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Lays Out His Plan To Have Telecoms Store Call Data

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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8:55am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:38 am

An image from "Do it for Denmark," which urges Danes to get going.
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7:23am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Sentenced To Death 46 Years Ago, Japanese Man Is Now Free

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:36 am

Iwao Hakamada before he went to prison in 1966 and after his release on Thursday. Now 78, he was sentenced to death in 1968 for the murders of four people and may have been the world's longest-serving death row inmate. Newly analyzed DNA evidence indicates he may be innocent. A retrial has been ordered.
Kyodo/Reuters/Landov

A Japanese man who may have been on death row longer than anyone else in the world walked out of prison on Thursday after newly analyzed DNA evidence prompted a judge to order that he be retried.

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7:21am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, GDP Growth Revised Up Slightly

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:49 am

The economic news about both last quarter and last week is on the positive side:

-- The Bureau of Economic Analysis says the economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, a bit better than its previous estimate that gross domestic product had expanded at a 2.4 percent pace.

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5:39am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Planes Turn Back, But Ships Continue Search For Flight 370

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:42 pm

A Thai satellite snapped an image that shows about 300 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean in the area now being searched for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. This is part of that image. So far, searchers have not located any debris from the plane.
Thai Ministry of Science and Technology EPA/Landov

Nearly three weeks after it disappeared, the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and any sign of the 239 people who were on board continues in the southern Indian Ocean. Thursday's news is that:

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4:56am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Two-Way

'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:50 am

Pope Francis and President Obama at the Vatican on Thursday. It was their first meeting.
Gabriel Bouys AP

One leader whose popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.

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10:51am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Photo: Pothole Tries To Eat Pothole Repair Truck

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:01 pm

Ka-thunk. This pothole repair crew in East Lansing, Mich., met its match.
Robert Boomer Facebook.com/bikerboomer

There's just something oddly appropriate about this photo from East Lansing, Mich., after a winter that's been so hard for so many people across the nation.

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8:56am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Hawaii's Police, Lawmakers Reach Consensus On Prostitution Law

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:00 am

Honolulu police officials and key legislators in Hawaii now agree that a state law needs to be changed so that undercover police officers will be breaking the law if they have sexual relations with prostitutes.

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8:18am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:46 am

President Obama at a news conference Wednesday in Brussels.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

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7:22am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Rob Store, Go To Prison, Serve Time, Repeat?

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:43 am

Christopher Miller, who police say returned to the scene of his crime.
N.J. Department of Corrections

A man who spent more than 13 years in jail for robbing a New Jersey shoe store returned to the scene of the crime one day after his release from prison and robbed the business again, police say.

Christopher Miller, 40, was released from South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., on Friday.

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6:56am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

'Bishop Of Bling' Gets The Boot

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:10 am

Then-Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last August. The Vatican has accepted his resignation. Tebartz-van Elst spent lavishly on renovations at his residence and allegedly made false statements about expensive travel costs.
Fredrik Von Erichsen DPA/Landov

The more than $40 million he allowed to be spent on renovations at his residence and allegations that he lied about some of his other lavish spending have now officially cost the "bishop of bling" his job.

The Vatican announced Wednesday that it has accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who had been the bishop of Limburg, Germany. He will be assigned other duties.

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5:44am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Washington Mudslide: Fewer Missing As Death Toll Stays Put, For Now

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:30 am

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov
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Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 25 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates helped tell the story as the day began:

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4:59am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

More Images, More Possible Debris, But No Sure Sign Of Flight 370

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:10 am

Crew members on the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long scanned the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday as they assisted in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Earlier this year, the Xue Long assisted in the rescue of more than 50 scientists and paying passengers from a ship that got stuck in the Antarctic Ocean.
Zhang Jiansong Xinhua/Landov
This post has been updated with word that the aerial search is over for today.

Images taken on Sunday by a French satellite show 122 "potential objects" in the area of the southern Indian Ocean that searchers are now combing for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia's acting transport minister said Wednesday.

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4:38pm

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Girl Scout Sells Record 18,107 Boxes, Says She Can Move Samoa

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:42 am

Lisa Crigar Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Dough-she-does, for sure.

When it comes to selling Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies, all sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City can seem to say is let me sell Samoa. (Rimshot!)

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City shares the story of her sweet success:

"Katie ... a sixth-grader at Hefner Middle School, set a new cookie selling record Sunday night by selling 18,107 boxes [since sales began on Feb. 7].

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