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
8:55 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Supermarket Tragedy Leads To Resignation Of Latvian Leader

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.
Yves Logghe AP

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 10:29 am

The collapse of a supermarket roof and the more than 50 deaths it caused last week has led Latvia's prime minister to announce he's stepping down.

"Latvia needs to have a government that will supported by the Saeima [parliament] majority and deal with the current situation in the nation," Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday, according to The Baltic Times.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge Orders Sriracha Factory To Cool It

Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 9:02 am

Peppered with complaints from citizens about burning eyes, sore throats and headaches, city officials in Irwindale, Calif., went to court to see if they could do something about smells coming from a factory that produces Sriracha hot sauce.

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6:44 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Three Words For Getaway Day: Soggy, Sloppy And Snowy

Passengers wait for a BoltBus to arrive during a light rain, Wednesday, Nov. 27 in New York. A wall of storms packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies and rails for Thanksgiving.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 1:21 pm

While those in the western half of the nation will mostly enjoy fair skies on this Thanksgiving Eve, we regret to repeat that for millions of Americans east of the Mississippi it's going to be a messy busiest-travel-day-of-the-year (otherwise known as Getaway Day).

Here's what the National Weather Service has to say:

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

IRS Proposes Guidelines On Politicking By Tax-Exempt Groups

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:29 pm

Ending the year by weighing in again on a topic that caused it great grief back in the spring, the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday defined limits on the political activity of tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WHO's Error Leads To Misguided Meme About Greeks And HIV

Facebook.com/WorldHealthOrganization

We don't want to spread misinformation, but we do want to do what we can to correct it.

So, just to be clear:

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

U.S. Flies B-52s Through China's Proclaimed Airspace

Jet diplomacy: A B-52. According to reports, two flew through an area that China now claims is within its air defense zone.
Andy Rain EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 7:13 pm

"A pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea" on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal, "in a direct challenge to China and its establishment of an expanded air-defense zone."

Citing "U.S. officials" as its sources, the Journal adds that Chinese authorities were not told in advance of the planes' flights.

Update at 7 p.m. ET: A Risk For Accidents

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Supreme Court Will Hear New Challenge To Health Law

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases brought by companies who say they have religious objections to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that they offer employees health insurance that includes contraception benefits.

In a statement released late Tuesday morning, justices say they have consolidated four related cases and will hear one hour of oral arguments. That will happen next year, likely in late March.

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The Two-Way
11:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many

Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andrew Medichini AP

Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," Pope Francis writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Home Prices Rise Again; Consumer Confidence Dips

Housing has been one of the economy's bright spots.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 10:07 am

While home prices rose in major cities across the nation during the third quarter, data suggest that the housing market is beginning to shift to a slower rate of growth, according to the economists who put together the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.

Their statistics show prices rose 3.2 percent in the quarter and were up 11.2 percent from a year earlier.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Tue November 26, 2013

If You Must Fry A Turkey, Listen To William Shatner First

Don't try this at home: Actor William Shatner in State Farm's Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix video about how to safely fry a turkey.
State Farm

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 11:06 am

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

'I Am Alive For A Reason,' Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

Virginia State. Sen. Creigh Deeds in 2010.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:52 am

Saying he is "alive for a reason and I will work for change," Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds has told a Virginia news outlet that his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."

Deeds, 55, was stabbed and seriously wounded by his 24-year-old son, Gus, on Nov. 19. Gus Deeds then shot and killed himself.

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Big Travel Day Could Be A Big Mess Due To Weather

Tuesday's forecast for the eastern half of the U.S. shows big bands of rain, freezing rain and snow.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:59 am

Rain, sleet, snow and an estimated 43.4 million Americans traveling to be with family or friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

VIDEO: A Tiny Mechanical 'Jellyfish' That Flies

The "jellyfish" in flight.
New Scientist

We've watched as a "pocket-sized drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird" flitted around.

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Schools Chief Among 4 Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Four adults, including the superintendent of the city's schools, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to the aftermath and alleged attempted coverup of a teenage girl's 2012 rape by members of the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine just announced that news.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At Auction, Maltese Falcon Goes For $4 Million, Dreams Included

How much will it bring?
Bonhams AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Somebody should say this ...

"I am prepared to pay $5,000 for the figure's return"

... just for fun Monday afternoon when a Maltese Falcon statue used in the classic 1941 movie goes on auction at Bonhams in New York City.

That line about $5,000, movie fans will know, is said by "Joel Cairo" (played by Peter Lorre) to "Sam Spade" (Humphrey Bogart).

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Comet ISON in an image taken on Nov. 19 by a telescope at the Marshall Space Flight Center in New Mexico.
NASA

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.

If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.

Well, it fizzled.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Syrian Peace Talks Set To Start In January

In the Syrian town of Hejeira, a fighter from a Shiite militia patrolled last week.
Jaber al-Helo AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:07 am

Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.

The U.N. adds that:

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary! 81 Years And Counting For Conn. Couple

John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, at their home in Fairfield, Conn. They eloped on Nov. 25, 1932.
Michelle McLoughlin Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:02 am

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7:10 am
Mon November 25, 2013

As Storms Spread, Thanksgiving Travel Is Looking Tricky

Brrr. This Chiefs fan was bundled up Sunday in Kansas City. Cold, stormy weather is spreading across much of the nation.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 8:57 am

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

To The Tardis! There's A 'Whodle' Taking Over The Web!

Warning: You may find yourself in a time trap.
google.co.uk

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 1:48 pm

On this eve of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary there's an alien force spreading across Google's platforms around the world.

If you're fan of the good Doctor, you may not be able to resist.

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