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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4:00pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Says Economy Has Slowed, But Leaves Policy As Is

While it does indeed appear that "economic activity decelerated somewhat over the first half of this year," the Federal Reserve also said in its policy statement this afternoon that it is not — as of yet — taking any news steps to give the economy a boost.

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3:55pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Brings Out Supportive Crowds

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 5:13 pm

The line stretched into the parking lot today at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Wichita, Kan.
Travis Heying / Wichita Eagle MCT /Landov

The call from conservatives such as former Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum to short support for Chick-fil-A and company President Dan Cathy's stand against same-sex marriage has produced long lines at the fast-food chain's restaurants today, judging from news reports:

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2:10pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

South Carolina Gov. Haley's Husband Deploying To Afghanistan

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and her husband, Michael Haley, at her inauguration in January 2011.
Mary Ann Chastain AP

"In what could be a first nationwide, the husband of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is heading on a yearlong National Guard deployment to Afghanistan, starting in January," The State reports.

Michael Haley, the South Carolina newspaper says, is "a first lieutenant in the SC National Guard [and] will be part of an agribusiness team of 100 to 200 Guard members in Afghanistan."

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12:48pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Sharp Swings In Stocks Renew Concerns About Computer Trading

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:58 pm

"August 1st will be another day that will destroy investor confidence just like the May 6th [2010] flash crash."

That rather ominous sounding pronouncement comes from Joseph Saluzzi, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading LLC in Chatham, N.J., in a Bloomberg News report about what happened early this morning on Wall Street.

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12:44pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Cool! Tickets For The Who's Canceled '79 Show Good For 2013 Concert

Pete Townshend of The Who. Fans in Providence have waited 33 years to see him.
Lucy Pemoni Reuters /Landov

In 1979, after 11 people died in a stampede before a concert by The Who in Cincinnati, the band's show scheduled for two weeks later in Providence, R.I., was canceled by then-Mayor Buddy Cianci. He didn't think it would be safe to have the band play in his city. And The Who hasn't been there since.

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9:54am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

'Pepper Spray Cop' Is No Longer On UC Davis Police Force

Nov. 18, 2011: Occupy protesters get sprayed at University of California Davis.
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"Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who became a focal point of last November's pepper-spraying incident during a campus protest, is no longer employed by the university," a school spokesman confirmed to The Sacramento Bee Tuesday evening.

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9:13am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Employers Added 163,000 Jobs In July, Survey Suggests

There was a 163,000-gain in the number of jobs on private payrolls in July, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

That's down from an estimated 172,000 boost in June (a number revised slightly from ADP's previous report of a 176,000-increase for that month).

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7:48am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Indignant In India: Blackouts Have Millions 'Fuming'

Plenty of wires. But where's the juice? This electric pole in Kolkata is typical of many in heavily populated India.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

"Powerless and Clueless" was today's top headline on the Times of India's front page.

India's Economic Times went with "Superpower India, RIP."

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7:16am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Gore Vidal, In Words

Gore Vidal in 1991. He died Tuesday, at the age of 86.
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The death of writer and cultural critic Gore Vidal on Tuesday, at the age of 86, means many are trying today to capture that man of words' life in just a few phrases:

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3:10pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Deal Struck To Avoid Possibility Of Government Shutdown In October

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced on Tuesday an agreement to avoid a government shutdown shortly before the November election," The Hill writes. "He said he, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Obama have all agreed to the deal."

Boehner confirmed the news in an email his staff just sent to reporters:

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