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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1:28pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Dying Man's Wish To Leave $500 Tip Turns Into Nearly $50,000 Charity

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 10:13 am

Aaron Collins, who wanted to leave a big tip.
Facebook.com/AaronsLastWish

This good-news story began on July 9 with a blog post simply titled "My Brother."

Aaron Collins, wrote his brother Seth, "was the type of person that took great joy in unexpected kindness." And before his July 7 death, the nearly 30-year-old Aaron had made a request:

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11:26am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney Aide To Reporters: 'Kiss My ... This Is A Holy Site'

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:02 pm

Mitt Romney, at the top right, as he prepared to get into his car even as reporters were shouting questions.
Politico

Note: there is a mild obscenity in this post.

We have a feeling this quote will loom large in campaign 2012 lore:

"Kiss my ass; this is a holy site for the Polish people."

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10:11am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Share Your Stories: Did You Do 'Bedtime Math' Or Something Like It?

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:14 am

A bedtime story is a longtime tradition. What about a math, science or history quiz, though?
George Marks Getty Images
  • Ashley Milne-Tyte reporting for 'Morning Edition'

Morning Edition catches up today with one New Jersey mom's way of teaching math to her children: bedtime problems "that soon became a beloved routine."

Laura Overdeck, as it says on her Bedtime Math website, "along with her husband, John, started giving math problems to their two older kids. ... [And] when their 2-year-old started hollering for his own math problem, they knew they were onto something."

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9:23am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Homes Prices Rise, Consumer Spending Flattens

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:55 am

Two fresh economic indicators:

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9:00am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Did Twitter Go Too Far? It Suspended Critic Of NBC's Olympics Coverage

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:54 am

Twitter.com

Update at 1:45 p.m. ET. Adams Has Been Reinstated On Twitter:

Guy Adams just tweeted that "Oh. My Twitter account appears to have been un-suspended. Did I miss much while I was away?"

That doesn't change the thrust of our post. And we haven't heard back from Twitter about his questions regarding the suspension.

Update at 4:23 p.m. ET. Twitter's Response:

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7:50am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: GOP Lawmakers Blame Five ATF Officials For 'Fast And Furious'

"Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials ... are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was 'marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy,' " the Los Angeles Times reports.

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7:36am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Massive Failure: 600 Million In India Lose Power; Grid Collapses For Second Day

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:38 pm

Passengers waited for trains Tuesday at a railway station in New Delhi. Another grid failure cut power, causing chaos.
Raveendran AFP/Getty Images

At day's end in India, after what's been called the "world's biggest blackout" ever, officials were reporting that electric service had been restored to most of the 670 million or so people who lost it on Tuesday.

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1:21pm

Mon July 30, 2012
The Two-Way

24 Murder Counts, 116 Attempted Murder Counts For Colo. Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors in Colorado today charged James Holmes with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the July 20 deaths of 12 people and wounding of 58 during a shooting rampage at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

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11:44am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Colorado Shooting Stories: There Were Many 'Heroes Among Us'

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:15 am

A heart shaped balloon hovered above a memorial for victims outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last week.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

As they're being told, we're pointing to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded when a gunman opened fire on July 20 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Click here to see more. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

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11:13am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney's Words That Outraged Palestinians Were 'Mischaracterized,' Aide Says

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 2:00 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem's old city on Sunday.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

Reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a fundraiser in Jerusalem that "culture" is among the reasons Israel's economy is much stronger than those in "areas managed by the Palestinian Authority" have led a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accuse Romney of racism.

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