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
6:55 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Sharp Words Over Shutdown When Lawmaker Visits WWII Memorial

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., has become a flashpoint as the partial government shutdown continues.

First there was the attention paid on Tuesday when a group of WWII veterans (with some help from Republican members of Congress and their staffs) ignored barricades and went through with their long-planned visit to the site.

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The Two-Way
5:27 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Dozens Dead, More Feared Lost, After Shipwreck Off Sicily

Some of the victims recovered after Thursday's wreck of a ship near Sicily were placed in body bags before being brought ashore to the island of Lampedusa.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:59 am

There's been a sea disaster near Sicily, as The Associated Press reports:

"A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted-for."

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5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again

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A gate leading into the Joshua Tree National Park California is latched (though not locked) because of the partial government shutdown. Though national parks are technically closed, national forests remain open — they're too large to close.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:35 am

Pick your comparison.

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

One Biker Released; Investigation Of NYC Attack Continues

The moment of the attack on Sunday, after dozens of motorcyclists chased and surrounded an SUV. They then smashed its windows and beat the driver.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:45 am

One of the two men taken into custody has been released as authorities in New York City continue to investigate an incident Sunday in which dozens of motorcyclists chased a driver. Some then surrounded his SUV, smashed its windows and beat the man in front of his wife and young child.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Tom Clancy, Master Of Military Techno-Thrillers, Dies

Author Tom Clancy in 2003.
Ralph Lauer MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:45 am

Tom Clancy, the best-selling writer of such "techno-thrillers" as The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games, has died.

He was 66.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Wed October 2, 2013

'Hoax Bomb' Charge Filed Against Man In Florida Airport Scare

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:57 am

A 39-year-old man has been accused of making and possessing a "hoax bomb" and making a false report about an explosive device following the scare that shut down Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport for five hours on Tuesday.

Our colleagues from WJCT report that the man, Zeljko Causevic, "is a Jacksonville resident originally from Serbia."

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Wed October 2, 2013

VIDEO: 'I Quit' Dance Sure Works For Millions

The way to go? Marina Shifrin in her viral "I Quit!" video.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:28 am

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6:35 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Job Growth Was Modest In September, Survey Signals

This gas station in Encinitas, Calif., was looking to hire last month.
Mike Blake Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:46 am

Private employers added 166,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, a modest gain after slightly less growth the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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The Two-Way
5:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Solution? None To Be Seen Yet, But Sides Will Talk

The Lincoln Memorial is officially closed. National parks and monuments are among the parts of the federal government affected by the shutdown.
Dennis Brack Landov

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 4:16 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Mara Liasson on the government shutdown

(We most recently updated this post at 8:31 p.m. ET.)

We said it Tuesday: "No end in sight."

The story's the same a day later.

Pardon us for being repetitive, but there's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Tue October 1, 2013

8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines'

The fun has begun.
Twitter

When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, the Twitterverse had some fun with #govtshutdownpickuplines.

They're back!

Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked #shutdownpicklines):

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Who Are The Two Republicans Who Crossed Lines?

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:48 am

The Senate's votes have been along party lines when it comes to the so-called shutdown showdown.

And it's been mostly the same story in the House.

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The Two-Way
5:42 am
Tue October 1, 2013

After Colorado Rock Slide, Teams Struggle To Reach 5 Bodies

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:30 am

Residents of Buena Vista, Colo., are in shock after a rock slide on Monday that authorities say killed five people — possibly all from the same family.

The Denver Post says "a deadly cascade of boulders poured over Chaffee County's popular Agnes Vaille Falls [at] midmorning." The rocks came down on a popular hiking trail.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Two Arrests So Far In Bikers' Shocking Attack Of NYC Driver

The moment of the attack on Sunday, after dozens of motorcyclists chased and surrounded an SUV. They then smashed its windows and beat the driver.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:41 am

Update at 6:42 p.m. ET. Second Rider Turns Himself In:

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4:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Hillary Clinton Films That GOP Objected To Are Canceled

Hilary Clinton at last week's Clinton Global Initiative forum in in New York City.
PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 9:15 am

Both of the Hillary Clinton biopics that drew protests from the Republican National Committee have now been canceled before even being made.

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The Two-Way
3:15 am
Tue October 1, 2013

No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Nears First Full Day

Members of the U.S. Park Service place barricades around the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. A partial shutdown of the federal government has led to the closing of national parks.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 12:08 pm

Update at 8:18 p.m. ET. Impasse:

As first day of a federal government shutdown came to a close, Congress was not any closer to a resolution.

Case in point: Republicans in the House proposed three bills that would have reopened national parks, the Department of Veteran's Affairs and kept the D.C. government afloat. But all three bills didn't even make it out of the House.

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Claim: Leaks About Al-Qaida Do More 'Damage' Than Snowden's

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 12:10 pm

Leaks in August about plans al-Qaida leaders were supposedly making to attack American interests abroad have "caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden," some "government analysts and senior officials" tell The New York Times.

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9:20 am
Mon September 30, 2013

L.C. Greenwood, Part Of Pittsburgh's 'Steel Curtain,' Dies

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman L.C. Greenwood waving to fans in 2006. He died Sunday at the age of 67.
Stephen M. Gross UPI /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 11:00 am

The death Sunday of L.C. Greenwood means just one member of one of the National Football League's greatest defensive lines is still with us.

Greenwood, 67, died of kidney failure at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, the city's Post-Gazette reports.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Baseball's Playoffs Start And So Does A-Rod's Suspension Appeal

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:22 am

After a dramatic finish to the regular season that included a no-hitter on the final day and a tie that will force a special elimination game Monday night, Major League Baseball is set to start its playoffs.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Remembering Lee Thornton, Who Broke Barriers In Journalism

Lee Thornton.
University of Maryland / Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:08 am

The news media has lost another trailblazer.

Two months after the death of Helen Thomas, another woman who broke important barriers in Washington's press corps has passed away.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April

Pope John Paul II in 1982
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:06 am

The Vatican said Monday that it has set April 27, 2014, as the date that popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be "raised to sainthood."

Their canonization will come on "the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy," the Holy See added.

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The Two-Way
4:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Are You Ready For Some Shutdown? Here's Monday's Schedule

Inside the Capitol, lawmakers are battling over health care and the budget. Outside, many government services may come to a stop at midnight.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:37 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ailsa Chang on what's expected to happen Monday
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Scott Horsley on the history of shutdowns

We probably don't need to tell you that it's almost certain there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government just after midnight Monday.

But we do want to lay out the day's agenda.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Will Qatar's World Cup Games Be Played Over Workers' Bodies?

Will Qatar get a red card (a soccer official's way of signaling a player has been ejected) for labor practices at World Cup-related construction sites?
Alessandro Di Marco EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 3:17 pm

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10:10 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kenyan Mall Attack Update: 3 Who Were Suspects Are Released

Friends and relatives of Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito attended their funeral service Friday in Nairobi, Kenya. Mwangi, who was Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's nephew, and Wahito died in the Westgate Mall attack.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 11:27 am

Here are some of the latest developments in the aftermath of last weekend's attack by terrorists on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya:

-- Suspects. Kenyan police are now holding eight people, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters Friday. "Three others were interrogated and released," he said, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri September 27, 2013

VIDEO: Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Bids A Tearful Goodbye

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap in the ninth inning of his final appearance in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
Kathy Willens ap

The announcers kept quiet, so we won't say much either.

There's video here of what it was like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when pitcher Mariano Rivera, considered by most experts to be the greatest "closer" in Major League Baseball history, threw his final pitch before heading off into retirement. He shed several tears, as you'll see.

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

U.N. Team Looking At Attacks Assad Blamed On Rebels

A convoy of U.N. vehicles with chemical weapons experts on board head out on Friday to do more work as the investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in near Damascus.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:57 am

After the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus that reportedly killed more than 1,000 people and has been blamed on Bashar Assad's regime, the Syrian president's ambassador to the U.N. claimed that opposition forces had used such weapons at least three times in the days immediately after.

As Russia's RT.com reported on Aug. 28:

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Jewels Found In Alps May Be From Decades-Old Plane Crash

What treasures lie buried here? Three climbers traversed part of the Mont Blanc massif earlier this month.
Jean-Pierre Clatot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:58 am

A French mountain climber came upon an unexpected treasure earlier this month near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, The Guardian writes.

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5:46 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Defenders Tell Bill Gates It Wasn't A Mistake

Those are the hands of David Bradley, an original member of the IBM PC team and the inventor of the control-alt-delete function, hitting the right keys.
Bob Jordan AP

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:33 am

The news that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates now says it was a mistake to long ago force Windows PC users to type "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" at start-up is getting tons of attention because his public mea culpas are rather rare.

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5:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

It's Clear Humans Are Changing World's Climate, Panel Says

The Larsen B ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula, which is among the places where such ice has been breaking off.
Mariano Caravaca Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:56 am

Declaring that "human influence on the climate system is clear," a U.N.-assembled panel of scientists reported Friday that "it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."

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11:04 am
Thu September 26, 2013

For Sale: 1925 Rolls-Royce, Elephant Gun Included

This 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Maharaja comes with its own big game guns. It goes up for sale on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Barrett-Jackson Auction Co.

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:31 am

If you've got a spare $500,000 lying around, or just love rare cars, this news is for you:

A 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Maharaja "tiger car," complete with an elephant gun attached to the rear bumper and a hand-cranked machine gun on a trailer, is up for auction Saturday in Las Vegas.

It's part of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company's annual three-day sale in Sin City, which kicked off Thursday.

According to Barrett-Jackson:

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Interpol Issues Alert For 'White Widow' At Kenya's Request

Samantha Lewthwaite in a photo released Thursday by Interpol.
Interpol

Interpol, the international police organization, has issued a "red notice" for British national Samantha Lewthwaite, the "white widow" who some news accounts have linked to last weekend's deadly attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

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