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
7:15 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments

A Massachusetts state trooper salutes Wednesday during the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:45 pm

The latest developments in the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Update at 7:36 p.m. ET. Suspect Unarmed When Arrested:

When police cornered Dzhokhar Tsarnev in a boat in Watertown, they said they traded fire with the Boston bombing suspect.

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2:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Boston Carjacking Victim Thought He Would Be Killed

Though they told him he wouldn't be hurt, the man who was allegedly forced by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings to hand over his SUV and go with them says he was convinced the gunmen would "kill me later."

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2:02 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

AP Twitter Account Hacked, Tweet About Obama Shakes Market

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:56 am

A Twitter account from The Associated Press was hacked Tuesday afternoon and the erroneous message — to be perfectly clear, it WAS NOT TRUE — sent stocks down sharply for a few moments.

The false message claimed there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Obama had been injured. Again, none of that happened.

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12:26 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

French Parliament OKs Same-Sex Marriage Law

France is poised to become the latest nation to legalize same-sex marriage after its Parliament passed a bill that also legalizes adoptions by same-sex couples.

President Francois Hollande is expected to sign the bill quickly.

Authorities are bracing for the reaction from opponents. Correspondent Eleanor Beardsley tells our Newscast Desk that "supporters are planning a celebratory rally and opponents will stage protests across the country. Opposition in France to gay marriage has radicalized over the past month as far-right extremists have joined the protests."

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11:14 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Sales Of New Homes Rose Last Month

A new home under construction earlier this year in Petaluma, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

While sales of existing homes dipped in March because of a tighter inventory, sales of newly built homes rose 1.5 percent from February and were up a whopping 18.5 percent from March 2012, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

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10:29 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Poll: Public Expects Attacks, But Boston Doesn't Add To Fear

In Boston and other places across the nation, people gathered Monday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the marathon bombing.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 11:38 am

The Boston Marathon bombings "riveted most Americans" and seemed to "confirm the public's long-held belief that occasional terrorist acts are to be expected," the Pew Research Center says.

In a report released Tuesday morning, it adds that:

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8:45 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Early Thinking: Boston Suspects Were Working On Their Own

Dzhokhar (at left) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly killed an MIT police officer, carjacked a vehicle and engaged in a gun battle with police soon after authorities distributed this image of the brothers walking near the finish line of the Boston Marathon just before two bombs exploded. Tamerlan, 26, died from injuries he received. Dzhokhar, 19, was captured Friday night.
FBI.gov

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:49 pm

(Most recent update: 8:39 p.m. ET.)

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11:09 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Rescuers Struggling To Reach Areas Of China Hit By Quake

As rocks and dirt tumble down a mountainside (at left), a police officer urges people to stay back on a road in Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on Monday. Rescuers are having a hard time getting to victims of Saturday's strong earthquake because of aftershocks and landslides.
CHINA DAILY Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:47 pm

Reaching the victims of Saturday's strong earthquake in China's Sichuan province remains difficult because of aftershocks and landslides.

According to Voice of America:

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10:19 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Sales Of Existing Homes Slip As Inventories Tighten

A sale-pending sign is posted in front of a home last month in San Anselmo, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:42 pm

There was a 0.6 percent dip in sales of existing homes in March from February, the National Association of Realtors reports, because the supply of homes for sale has tightened as the number of would-be buyers rises.

Its data suggest that sales ran at a 4.92 million annual rate last month, falling from a "downwardly revised" pace of 4.95 million the month before.

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9:38 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Reese Witherspoon Apologizes For Her Behavior

Actress Reese Witherspoon in a photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections after her arrest early Friday on a disorderly conduct charge.
AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:34 pm

Now, something completely unrelated to the heavy news of recent days:

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," actress Reese Witherspoon says in a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly and other news outlets about her arrest Friday in Atlanta.

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8:42 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Top Stories: Boston Bombings; Midwest Floods; Texas Explosion

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:52 pm

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Boston Bombings: Monday's Developments; (our running coverage).

-- Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good.

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8:01 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good

As the Mississippi River has risen in St. Louis, the city's Lewis and Clark statue has — as often happens in the spring — been partially submerged.
Bill Greenblatt UPI /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:51 pm

The good news is that "the big river didn't get too big," The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes this morning.

"Sandbags held back the cresting Mississippi River from several towns north of St. Louis on Sunday," it adds, "while the forecast for the immediate vicinity remained high but manageable."

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7:17 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Tsarnaev Charged: Suspected Boston Bomber Accused Of Using WMD

A sign reading "Flying With Angels Krystle Campbell," is seen Monday as a passing MBTA bus with "Boston Strong" displayed on its message board drives through Medford, Mass. A funeral service for Campbell, one of the three people killed in the marathon bombings, was held later in the day.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:07 pm

(Most recent update: 7:00 p.m. ET.)

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and wound more than 200 in what FBI investigators said evidence shows was a coldly calculated attack.

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10:46 am
Sat April 20, 2013

A Thank You To Al Neuharth, Founder Of 'USA Today'

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today and former CEO of Gannett Co.
Roger L. Wollenberg UPI/Reuters

Al Neuharth died Friday at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

He was 89.

Al's name may not be familiar to you, but this blogger hopes that you are acquainted with the newspaper he willed to life in 1982: USA Today.

From 1984 to 2009, I was either a reporter or editor — and sometimes both — at McPaper (a nickname that critics bestowed upon USA Today, but which those of us who were there in its best days adopted with the pride of underdogs).

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8:23 am
Sat April 20, 2013

The Search For Answers In Boston: Why? How? Anyone Else?

A memorial honors the victims of Monday's bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line on Saturday.
Michael Reynolds EPA /Landov

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 9:47 am

(Most recent update: 5:10 p.m. ET)

With the capture Friday night of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old surviving suspect in the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the story moves into a new phase — one of trying to answer critical questions.

-- Why?

-- How?

-- Was anyone else involved?

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8:18 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Strong Quake In China Kills Dozens, Injures Thousands

A rescuer carries a child to safety after she was pulled out of her collapsed home after an earthquake hit Ya'an City in southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday.
AFP/Getty Images

"A powerful earthquake jolted China's Sichuan province Saturday near where a devastating quake struck five years ago," The Associated Press writes. According to CNN, early estimates put the death toll around 100. More than 1,000 other people were reportedly injured. Both figures could change substantially as more information comes in.

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3:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 7:11 am

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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2:20 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boston's Heroes Seriously Inspire Ray From 'Car Talk'

After the bombs went off Monday in Boston, bystanders, police and emergency personnel rushed to help those who were caught in the blasts, as this video image shows.
Marc Hagopian AFP/Getty Images
  • Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi on the Boston heroes

Jokes weren't on his mind Thursday morning when Car Talk funny guy Ray Magliozzi was a guest on WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

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1:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Obama: 'A Bomb Can't Beat Us'

President Obama speaks Thursday during an interfaith service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 1:37 pm

  • LISTEN: The interfaith service

"Small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build" do not understand that "a bomb can't beat us," President Obama said Thursday in Boston.

His emotional vow came during an interfaith service to remember the victims of Monday's marathon bombings. It was also a service that served as a celebration of the American spirit and the bravery of the first responders, volunteers and spectators who rushed to the aid of those who were caught in the explosions.

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