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
11:45 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Reports: Egyptian Cabinet Members Submit Resignations

From NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and The Associated Press, both in Cairo:

State TV in Egypt is reporting that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his cabinet have submitted their resignations to the nation's military council.

It isn't known, Soraya says, whether the interim government's resignations will be accepted.

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11:35 am
Mon November 21, 2011

It's Still OK To Text 'Offensive' Words In Pakistan

Pakistani families walk past an advertisement for a cellular telephone company in Rawalpindi.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 11:40 am

You can still text the name "Jesus Christ" and the word "naked" if you're a Pakistani with a cellphone.

Also still safe for texting: damn, nude and poop.

Those are among more than 1,600 words and phrases that the Pakistan Telecommunications Agency had reportedly ordered mobile companies in the country to block by today.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Stocks Down Sharply At Midday

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 2:38 pm

The likely collapse of the so-called supercommittee's efforts to put together a deficit-reduction deal and continued concern about the debt crisis in Europe are pushing stocks lower on Wall Street.

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9:30 am
Mon November 21, 2011

For Cairo Protesters, 'The Revolution Is Not Over'

Earlier today a protester stood on top of a burned car in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 12:38 pm

From Cairo's Tahrir Square, where three days of clashes between authorities and thousands of protesters have left more than 20 people dead and more than 1,700 injured, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says the Egyptians who have taken to the streets again:

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8:48 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Home Sales Are Up, But So Are 'Contract Failures'

There was a 1.4 percent increase in sales of existing homes in October from September, the National Association of Realtors reported this hour.

At its 4.97 million annual rate, the pace of sales was up 13.5 percent from October 2010.

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8:27 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Penn State Taps Former FBI Director Freeh As 'Investigative Counsel'

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has been brought in to be a "special investigative counsel" for Penn State's internal look into how its officials handled reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky might have been sexually abusing young boys.

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8:06 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Speed Of Light Hasn't Been Broken, Second Set Of Scientists Says

Albert Einstein: His famous theory faces a challenge.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 3:40 pm

Full disclosure: We're not even close to being qualified to figure out who's right and who's wrong on this one.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Top Stories: No Debt Deal Likely; Suspect Arrested In Alleged NYC Bomb Plot

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 7:23 am

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6:50 am
Mon November 21, 2011

UC Davis Pepper-Spraying: Police Chief Put On Leave, Chancellor To Speak

In this image made from video, a police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
Thomas K. Fowler AP

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:56 am

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6:08 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Halman Stabbed To Death, Brother Arrested

"Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect," The Associated Press reports from Rotterdam. He died earlier today.

Halman, 24, is Dutch-born. In the past two years with the Mariners, he appeared in 44 games — hitting at a .207 average, with two home runs and nine runs batted in.

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5:45 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Death Toll Rising In Cairo After Crackdown In Tahrir Square

An Egyptian protester prepares to hurl a tear gas canister back at security forces as others run for cover earlier today in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 6:26 am

The death toll from three days of clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square has risen to at least 24, a morgue official tells The Associated Press. (Note at 8:25 a.m. ET: Earlier, the official told the AP that the toll was 35; now, he says 11 of the deaths were unrelated to the violence.)

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5:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Superfailure Looks Likely; Then What?

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:28 am

The headlines this morning all say pretty much the same thing:

-- "Deficit Effort Nears Collapse." (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Debt Supercommittee Members Brace For Failure." (The Washington Post)

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6:25 am
Sun November 20, 2011

VIDEO: After Pepper-Spraying, A Powerfully Silent Protest At UC Davis

University of California Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi walked through a three-block long group of silent protesters Friday night after campus police used pepper spray on some protesters earlier in the day. There have been calls for her resignation.
http://www.youtube.com/lhfang86

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1:45 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

NCAA To Examine Penn State's Sports Programs

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in September.
Justin K. Aller Getty Images

Saying it is deeply troubled by "tragic events" alleged to have happened at Penn State, the NCAA has told the school it is launching an examination of whether the university has "institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics program, as well as the actions, and inactions, of relevant ... personnel."

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11:58 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Balanced Budget Amendment Falls Short In House

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 12:02 pm

A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution just failed to get the two-thirds majority vote in the House that's needed to move such a measure forward.

It was approved by a simple majority: 261 to 165. But for a two-thirds majority, at least 290 votes would be needed.

There are currently 434 House members (one seat is vacant). Of those, 242 are Republicans and 192 are Democrats.

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10:06 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Detroit Mayor Plans To Lay Off 1,000 City Employees

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 10:09 am

"Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who outlined an emergency plan two days ago, isn't wasting any time taking action" in tackling his city's financial crisis, our colleague Micki Maynard at the Changing Gears project reports. "Today, Bing said the city will lay off 1,000 employees, or about 9 percent of the city's payroll, by Feb. 25."

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9:37 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Hotter Hot Days, And More Of Them, 'Virtually Certain'

"It is virtually certain that on a global scale hot days [will] become even hotter and occur more often" in coming decades, according to a report released today from a group of more than 100 scientists convened by the United Nations.

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8:25 am
Fri November 18, 2011

'Leading Indicators' Rise Sharply

An index that's designed to forecast how the economy will be doing in coming months rose a solid 0.9 percent in October from September, the business research group The Conference Board reports. It had risen just 0.1 percent in September and had fallen 0.3 percent in August.

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7:55 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Oklahoma State Women's Basketball Coach Killed In Plane Crash

Kurt Budke, coach of the women's basketball team at Oklahoma State University, was killed in the crash of a small plane last night in Perry County, Ark.

Also dead: assistant women's basketball coach Miranda Serna and two others, including the pilot. The coaches had been on a recruiting trip to Arkansas.

As The Oklahoman reports:

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7:17 am
Fri November 18, 2011

New Tests Support Claim That Speed Of Light's Been Broken

A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

It's not the final word, but scientists at the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics report today that "new tests conducted at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of INFN by the OPERA Collaboration, with a specially set up neutrino beam from CERN, confirm so far the previous results on the measurement of the neutrino velocity."

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7:00 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Syracuse Assistant Coach Put On Leave After New Accusation

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 1:51 pm

Update at 3:50 p.m. ET: Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has called the accusations about him "patently false," The Associated Press reports.

Our original post:

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6:34 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Tea Party And Occupy Members Find Common Ground In Memphis

An Associated Press reporter was on hand last night in Tennessee when two representatives from the Occupy Memphis movement sat down with about 75 members of the Mid-South Tea Party and had what's described as a "sometimes strained and confrontational, but mostly civil discussion."

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5:45 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Robert Wagner Supports New Look Into Natalie Wood's Death

Authorities in Los Angeles plan to say more later today about why they're reopening the investigation into actress Natalie Wood's drowning death over the weekend of Thanksgiving 1981.

Wood's husband at the time, actor Robert Wagner, says through a spokesman that he supports the new probe.

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5:15 am
Fri November 18, 2011

'Flickers Of Progress' Prompt Plan For Clinton To Visit Myanmar

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Khin Maung Win AP

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 10:24 am

When he announced early today that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Myanmar next month, President Obama cited "flickers of progress" on respect for human rights in the country also known as Burma as grounds for the first visit by an American secretary of state in 50 years.

Among those signs: the release of some political prisoners new President Thein Sein's government and relaxing of some restrictions on the media.

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1:32 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Alleged White House Shooter Charged With Attempted Assassination

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been charged with attempting to assassinate the president for allegedly firing at least two shots at the White House last Friday evening.

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1:11 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Baseball's Houston Astros To Switch Leagues In 2013

Where are we going, skip? Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, left, and pitching coach Doug Brocail.
John Sommers II Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 1:13 pm

The Houston Astros will be moving from Major League Baseball's National League to the American League "as soon as the 2013 season," MLB announced this afternoon.

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11:22 am
Thu November 17, 2011

California Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Foes May Defend Prop 8

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:00 pm

Californians who oppose same-sex marriage just won a procedural victory in court.

The state's Supreme Court ruled this hour that opponents of same-sex marriage who successfully pushed the Proposition 8 law that bans such unions in the state may defend the initiative in court. The court's opinion is here.

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10:40 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'

In Los Angeles today: Occupy protesters march.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:31 pm

The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.

-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.

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9:52 am
Thu November 17, 2011

90 Is The New 85: 'Oldest Old' Population Is Expanding Rapidly

From 720,000 in the year 1980 to more than 1.9 million in 2010, the number of Americans who are 90 years of age or older has nearly tripled, the Census Bureau reports today in its first comprehensive look at the over-90 population.

And according to the Census Bureau, "over the next four decades, this population is projected to more than quadruple."

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