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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7:54am

Mon January 28, 2013
The Two-Way

French And Malian Forces Take Airport In Timbuktu; Islamists Burn Library

A French soldier in central Mali on Sunday.
Nic Bothma EPA /LANDOV

While French and Malian forces have taken control of Timbuktu's airport in what NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports may be a turning point in their fight against Islamist extremists, there's also word that before the Islamists fled the ancient city they set fire to a library that holds "thousands of priceless ancient manuscripts."

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7:34am

Mon January 28, 2013
The Two-Way

'Path To Citizenship' Part Of Senators' Bipartisan Immigration Plan

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:03 pm

Air interdiction agent Jake Linde in 2010, on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
John Moore Getty Images
  • From the NPR Newscast: Jim Hawk reports

Saying their proposal would "secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system" and create "a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here," eight senators unveiled a "bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform."

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1:51pm

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Don McLean Fined For Speeding; No Chevy (Or Levee) Involved

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 3:22 pm

Don McLean back in the day (1975). American Pie came out in 1971.
Central Press Getty Images

Singer Don McLean has been fined $400, BDN Maine Midcoast reports, for cruising through a Rockport, Maine, school zone last September at 43 mph when the legal limit was 15 mph.

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10:27am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Whoa Canada! New Currency Has 'Wrong' Maple Leaf?

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 1:05 pm

That's not the right leaf, botanists say.
Bank of Canada

A hubbub's been building up north for the past week or so about the maple leaf on Canada's new $20 bills.

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10:19am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Fell In December, But Were Up Sharply In 2012

A "sold" sign outside a home under construction last fall in Peoria, Ill.
Daniel Acker Landov

Though there was a 7.3 percent drop in sales of new homes in December from November, sales were up a healthy 8.8 percent from December 2011, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

Homes sold at a annual rate of 369,000 last month.

Over the whole year, the agencies estimate, there were 367,000 new homes sold — up 19.9 percent from the 306,000 sold in 2011.

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9:04am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Really Cool Video: 'Shroud Of Cold Air Descends On The U.S.'

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 10:28 am

An image from the animated look at how cold air has spread over the nation.
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8:13am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Snow And Ice Spread; Senate Tweaks Filibuster Rules

There was plenty to shovel early Friday in Durham, Pa. More winter weather is on the way for much of the nation.
Owen Humphreys PA Photos /Landov

Good morning.

The stories making headlines today include:

-- " 'March For Life' Rally Expected To Draw Huge Crowd In Washington." (Our first post of the day.)

-- "Snow, Ice Target Midwest, East." (The Weather Channel)

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7:21am

Fri January 25, 2013
The Two-Way

'March For Life' Rally Draws Large Crowd In Washington

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 7:54 pm

An anti-abortion activist at the March for Life rally Friday in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Organizers say today's March for Life rally in the nation's capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last year's estimated 400,000. By midday, a large crowd was gathered in the National Mall, listening to speeches from former GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum and others and preparing to march toward the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

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2:48pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Mr. Colbert, Take Down That Box!

Some guy who appears on Comedy Central.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Thanks, Stephen Colbert, for calling attention to our Tuesday post about whether Beyoncé did or did not lip-sync the national anthem at Monday's presidential inauguration.

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12:16pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Democrats Unveil Bill To Ban Assault-Style Weapons

Semi-automatic assault-style rifles on display at a gun show in Chantilly, Va., in 2009.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

As they said they would following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.

The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has summed up the legislation's key points this way:

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