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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8:49am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Drop; But Superstorm Sandy's Effects Still Being Felt

The scene at a career fair last month in New York City.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

There were 410,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 41,000 from the level of the week before — when the number of applications soared because of the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy.

The Employment and Training Administration just released the latest figure. At 410,000, claims were still running at a pace above the pre-Sandy range of 350,000 to 400,000 a week.

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8:19am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

In Congo, Rebels Take Key City

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 9:29 am

A M23 rebel in the streets of Goma.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

After some of the worst fighting in recent years in a country where war is all-too common, rebel forces have taken control of the "strategic eastern city of Goma" in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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7:09am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

No Peace: Bomb Rips Apart Bus In Tel Aviv; Israel Continues Strikes On Gaza

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:58 am

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the "hold fire" agreement in Cairo.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

After a week of bloodshed, Israel and fighters in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip agreed to "hold fire" beginning at 2 p.m. ET today, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced at a joint news conference this afternoon with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Egypt had been trying to broker a truce to end the exchange of rockets and air strikes between Israel and militants in Gaza.

We'll post more on the agreement, which was announced at 12:35 p.m. ET., as the story develops.

Update at 5:55 p.m. ET. 'A Tenuous Nature':

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1:40pm

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Time Again To Talk Turkey, And Why Frying Can Be Fatal

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 8:22 am

Don't try this at home: A fryer that was put in a garage and into which a still-frozen bird was placed. Those are two common mistakes.
State Farm

We want everyone to be back with us after the Thanksgiving holiday, so it feels like we should revisit the dangers of turkey frying.

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12:15pm

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Clown, Cop Trade Punches

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 3:03 pm

It could be hard to run from police in these.
Mario Tama Getty Images

We need a break from the day's incredibly serious news. Maybe you do too. If so, check the story from Milwaukee about a guy in a clown suit who was running in and out of traffic — and the fistfight/wrestling match he got into with a police officer.

It was all recorded by a guy with a camera phone. Reportedly, no one was hurt. The clown is said to be a local activist of some sort.

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11:39am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Elmo Puppeteer Resigns; Calls Sex Allegations A 'Distraction'

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 12:22 pm

Puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer who for 28 years has made Sesame Street's Elmo come alive for kids, has resigned because "the controversy surrounding [his] personal life has become a distraction," Sesame Workshop said this morning.

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10:23am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Sen. Warren Rudman Dies

Former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., in 2002.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman has died. His name will always be linked to a 1980s-era effort to tame the federal budget deficit and to a pre-Sept. 11 warning about the nation's security. And he will be remembered as a "moderate" Republican who could work across party lines.

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9:28am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Charges Filed Against Murdoch Editors Accused Of Paying Officials For Information

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:45 am

Rebekah Brooks, who rose to the top spot at Rupert Murdoch's News International.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

British officials today filed more charges against former top editors at some of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K., this time for allegedly paying nearly $160,000 to a ministry of defense official to get information.

That information allegedly included the "Green Book" that lists phone numbers and other contact details for members of Britain's royal family.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, those charged are:

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8:39am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

HP Takes $8.8 Billion Hit From 'Misrepresentations' By Company It Bought

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 12:23 pm

At Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Saying it was a victim of "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations" by a British software company it acquired last year, tech titan Hewlett-Packard just announced it erased $8.8 billion from its books last quarter to properly account for the acquisition.

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8:06am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Britain Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Rubble litters the street in the main souk or market area of Maraat al-Numan, Syria.
John Cantlie AFP/Getty Images

Calling it the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that the U.K. is officially recognizing the Syrian National Coalition, Reuters reports.

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