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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8:33am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Remembering Gen. Schwarzkopf, 'Military Hero Of His Generation'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 9:37 am

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1990.
Kevin Larkin AFP/Getty Images

The death Thursday of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf — "Stormin' Norman" — has prompted many looks at the legacy of the American commander who led coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, which pushed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Army out of Kuwait.

Schwarzkopf was 78. He:

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7:56am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Secretary Clinton Due Back At Work Next Week, 'Foreign Policy' Reports

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 9:38 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 6 in Dublin.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to the State Department next week after three weeks of recovery from a stomach virus and a related concussion," Foreign Policy's The Cable blog reports.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines tells The Cable that:

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7:23am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Families Stunned By Russia's Ban On Adoptions

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 9:37 am

Children at an orphanage in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don earlier this month.
Vladimir Konstantinov Reuters /Landov

As expected, Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a law "that bans Americans from adopting Russian children and imposes other measures in retaliation for new U.S. legislation meant to punish Russian human rights abusers," Reuters reports.

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2:30pm

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Woman Who Allegedly Posed As Newtown Victim's Aunt Is Arrested

After the attack: Balloons hung from the Sandy Hook Elementary School sign on Dec. 15. On Dec. 14, six adults and 20 children were killed there before the gunman took his own life.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

A woman who authorities say posed as an aunt of one of the 20 children killed in the attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and used a Facebook account to solicit money for a "funeral fund" has been arrested and charged with lying to federal agents.

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12:24pm

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

George Carlin, Van Halen & '27 Yankees Land On One Great 'Best Lists' List

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 2:54 pm

George Carlin in 1981. The comedian's seven dirty words made the list of best lists.
Ken Howard Getty Images

We continue to be on the watch for the best of the year-end "best-of lists." This one from The New Yorker stands out in our mind:

"The Hundred Best Lists Of All Time."

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10:38am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is stepping down.

The Associated Press reports that:

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10:15am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Dips; New Home Sales Rise

American consumers aren't feeling quite as confident this month as they were in November.

The widely watched Consumer Confidence Index from the private Conference Board declined to 65.1 in December from 71.5 the month before. It also fell slightly in November from October.

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8:57am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Wintry Blast, 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Snow-covered roads in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
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8:45am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 12,000 Last Week

The line at a job fair earlier this month in Manhattan.
John Moore Getty Images

There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, down 12,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports. That's the lowest level since early March 2008.

The agency adds that "the 4-week moving average," which tends to smooth out some of the volatility that comes with the weekly figures, "was 356,750, a decrease of 11,250 from the previous week's revised average of 368,000."

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8:21am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Putin Signals He Will Sign Law Banning U.S. Adoptions Of Russian Children

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 2:55 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alexi Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images
  • From the NPR Newscast: Michele Kelemen reports.

Saying that he does not see "any reasons why I should not sign it," Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated today that he will approve legislation to bar Americans from adopting Russian children.

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