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
12:20 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Report: Bin Laden Tried To Organize Plot To Kill Obama And Petraeus

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 3:31 pm

Some of the documents seized last May after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan show that the al-Qaida leader "boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack Obama and Gen.

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12:07 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Rutgers Student Convicted In Spying Case Linked To Roommate's Suicide

Dharun Ravi in court on Wednesday.
John O'Boyle AP

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student "accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide" in September, 2010, The Associated Press writes.

The 20-year-old "could face 10 years in prison when he's sentenced," the AP adds.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Fri March 16, 2012

California Students Push For Removal Of Syrian From Foundation

Dr. Hazem Chehabi.
University of California Irvine Foundation
  • Amy Walters on the NPR Newscast

The student council at the University of California Irvine approved a resolution Thursday demanding that Dr. Hazem Chehabi, Syria's honorary consul in Southern California, be removed from the post of chair at the UC Irving Foundation, which supports the school and is trying to raise $1 billion for it.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Karzai At 'End Of The Rope,' Says Witnesses Dispute U.S. Account Of Killings

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Saying that Sunday's murders of 16 civilians has him at "the end of the rope," Afghan President Hamid Karzai "lashed out at the United States" today, The Associated Press reports.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Consumer Prices Rose 0.4 Percent Last Month

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in February from January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported. The increase — the largest in the past 10 months — was mostly fueled by higher prices for gasoline.

Excluding the food and energy sectors, prices rose 0.1 percent. That's a sign that the so-called core rate of inflation remains in check.

According to BLS:

-- Gas prices spiked 6 percent last month and were up 12.6 percent from February 2011.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Cricket's Tendulkar Gets His 100th 100

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after scoring his 100th century (100 runs) today in a match against Bangladesh.
Munir uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

While American sports fans focus on college basketball, there's big cricket news that's making headlines in much of the rest of the world:

"Sachin Tendulkar Scores his 100th International Century For India." (BBC News)

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Early Hoops Upsets: Connecticut, Wichita State Bounced Out Of Men's Tourney

Alex Oriakhi of Connecticut controls the ball during the game against Iowa State.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 10:43 am

If you had defending national champions Connecticut making it out of the first round in your NCAA men's basketball championship bracket, we're sorry to say that the Huskies lost on Thursday to Iowa State by a score of 77-64.

It's not a huge upset, since Iowa State was seeded No. 8 in the South region and Connecticut was seeded No. 9. But still, it's a quick exit for last year's top team.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Soldier Accused Of Massacre 'Just Snapped,' Official Says

We're learning more about the U.S. Army staff sergeant accused in Sunday's massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, including women and children:

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Archbishop Of Canterbury Is Stepping Down

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in February.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Rowan Williams, who as archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader for more than 70 million Anglicans around the world, announced today that he will step down at the end of the year to become Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University.

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The Two-Way
4:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

First Neutrino Message Sent Through Rock; Could One Travel Back In Time?

What if we could shoot a message through the center of the planet and back in time?
NASA

"Researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos — nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light," U of R reports.

And they pushed the message — which simply spelled out the world "Neutrino" — through "240 meters of stone" (787 feet).

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12:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

On 'Decorah Eagle Cam:' This Year's Hatchings Likely Next Week

A close up view of mom, on the nest in Decorah, Iowa.
Raptor Resource Project

An alert for all those who were caught up in the excitement last year when the Decorah Eagle Cam was streaming as a pair of bald eagles in Iowa watched over their three eggs and as the eaglets hatched:

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Thu March 15, 2012

'Star Rabbit' Dies When Photographer Takes Wrong Step

Til, on Wednesday, before his untimely death.
Uwe Meinhold AP

He's "like James Dean, a star dead before his time," according to The Local.

Spiegel Online says "the future had looked so bright for tiny Til."

Global Post somberly says that "an attempt to show a rare rabbit on TV took a tragic turn."

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Report Slams Sen. Stevens' Prosecutors

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in 2008.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 10:34 am

In a "blistering" 500-page report released this morning a special prosecutor concludes that Justice Department lawyers "intentionally withheld" information that could have bolstered then-Sen. Ted Stevens' defense during the Alaska Republican's 2008 trial on corruption charges, NPR's Carrie Johnson tells us.

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8:38 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Jobless Claims Fell By 15,000 Last Week

There was a 14,000 decline in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported:

"In the week ending March 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 365,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,750, unchanged from the previous week's revised average of 355,750."

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8:25 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Priest Defends Denying Communion To Lesbian Mourner

Saeed Khan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 9:35 am

The priest who was put on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Washington following a much-talked-about incident in which he denied communion to a lesbian woman attending her mother's funeral, has issued a long defense of his action and has said the church isn't being candid about the reason for its decision to put him on leave.

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7:25 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Afghans Object, U.S. Officials Defend Decision To Move Massacre Suspect

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, with Col. John Shafer, at Foward Operating Base Shukvani in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 10:35 am

  • Tom Bowman
  • Larry Abramson speaks with Renee Montagne

The news that the U.S. Army staff sergeant who is suspected of murdering 16 Afghan civilians has been moved to a detention facility in Kuwait is sparking some small protests in Afghanistan.

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11:50 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Goldman Sachs Starts To Fire Back At Exec Who Quit In Scathing Op-Ed

Chris Hondros Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 2:25 pm

Greg Smith is a fairly ordinary name — but it's now one that's all the talk of Wall Street after he quit his position at Goldman Sachs today in one of the most amazingly public ways:

With an essay in The New York Times that accuses Goldman Sachs of having a money-is-everything culture that is "toxic and destructive."

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Obama, Cameron Say Afghan Mission Remains Unchanged

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during their news conference this afternoon in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 1:16 pm

The U.S., Britain and their NATO allies cannot accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan because it's critical that they not leave until that nation's security forces can stand on their own and ensure that al-Qaida never has a safe haven there again, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron said during a joint news conference this afternoon at the White House.

"We will not give up on this mission," Cameron said at one point. The plan, he and Obama said, remains to have most troops withdrawn by the end of 2014.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Obama Picks North Carolina To Win Men's Basketball Championship

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were courtside in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday at the "play in" game between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State. Western Kentucky won, 59-58.
Gregory Shamus Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 11:03 am

After two years of going with the wrong team to win it all, President Obama is counting on North Carolina — the team he correctly picked to win the 2009 NCAA men's basketball championship — to end up No. 1 this year.

As he has each year since taking office, the president spent time with ESPN going over his bracket for the tournament.

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