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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7:20am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

'God Intended' A Pregnancy Caused By Rape, Indiana Candidate Says

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:57 am

Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana.
Nick Carey Reuters /Landov

After saying during a debate Tuesday night that a pregnancy caused by rape is "something that God intended to happen," the Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana is arguing that it is "twisted" to suggest he thinks God wants some women to be raped.

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6:34pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

59.2 Million Tuned In To Monday's Debate, Smallest Of The Audiences

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:52 pm

Watch the wash or watch the debate? This woman was at a laundromat in Manhattan during Monday's debate.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

An estimated 59.2 million people tuned in Monday night to watch President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in their third and final debate before the Nov. 6 election, The Nielsen Company reports.

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5:00pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Miami Marlins Fire Manager Ozzie Guillen

He's headed elsewhere: Now-former Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Baseball manager Ozzie Guillen's difficult year, which began with him getting suspended for telling Time magazine "I love Fidel Castro," has not surprisingly ended with him being fired by the Mia

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4:54pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

After Bad Day For Market, Facebook's Revenue Rise Boosts Stock

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 7:29 pm

Wall Street's bad day — the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 240 points (1.8 percent) — has been followed by something unusual these days: good news about Facebook's shares.

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4:00pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: USAID Says Figures On Flood Aid In Pakistan Misinterpreted

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 6:11 pm

Aug. 28: A flooded road in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Umar Qayyum Xinhua /Landov

Update at 6 p.m. ET:

Our original headline on this post was "U.S. Pledges Exceed Pakistan's Spending On Its Own Flood Relief." As we reported, the Christian Science Monitor has looked into the details of a Congressional Research Service report and concluded that U.S. aid to Pakistan for flood relief exceeded that country's own spending.

But Ben Edwards, a spokesman at the U.S. Agency for International Development, tells us in an email that:

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3:04pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Court Lays Bare Strip Club's Argument That Lap Dances Are Art

In New York State, she's not an artist.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

No, the Nite Moves strip club in Latham, N.Y., can't claim that lap dances, pole performances and other moves in its ladies' repertoire are "art" and therefore exempt from sales taxes, New York State's highest court ruled today in a 4-3 decision.

According to The Associated Press:

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2:06pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Photo Of Dying WWII Veteran Casting Last Vote Inspires Thousands

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:12 am

Oct. 17: Frank Tanabe, center, casts his vote with help from his daughter Barbara Tanabe, left, and his wife Setsuko Tanabe.
Irene Tanabe AP

See if you agree with most of the nearly 600,000 people who have seen this photo and think it should inspire others to vote this year.

As The Associated Press writes, it shows 93-year-old World War II veteran Frank Tanabe casting what's almost surely to be his last vote — from a hospice bed in Hawaii. He has liver cancer.

This message was posted with the photo:

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12:57pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Armstrong Deletes Tour Titles From Twitter, But Not Other Websites

Lance Armstrong at a LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

One day after having his seven Tour de France titles officially taken away and getting banned for life from competitive cycling, Lance Armstrong's getting some media attention for removing a reference to those victories from his Twitter bio.

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12:15am

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Facts Got Bent Again In Last Debate

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 10:55 am

Fact checkers got a shout out Monday night from President Obama when he declared that Republican challenger Mitt Romney had repeated "the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign."

"Every fact checker and every reporter who's looked at it, governor, has said this is not true," the president pointed out — correctly — during Monday's debate after Romney charged that Obama went on an "apology tour" during his first year in office.

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7:16pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:14 am

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images
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Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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