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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9:12am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

New Coma Report About Mubarak

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:49 am

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sitting inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2.
AFP/Getty Images

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "entered today into a full coma," according to Interior Ministry spokesman Alaa Mahmoud, CNN says.

Piers Scholfield of the BBC, though, reports on his Twitter page that a ministry spokesman has told his nework that Mubarak, 84, "has some health problems but is not in a coma."

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8:38am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Nadal Wins Record Seventh French Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the French Open earlier today.
Bernat Armangue AP

Rafael Nadal today won his record seventh French Open tennis title.

His 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win over Novak Djokovic had been delayed a day, when rain forced suspension of play on Sunday.

Nadal, from Spain, had shared the record of 6 French titles with Sweden's Bjorn Borg. He's now won 11 Grand Slam titles (the French, U.S., Australian and British opens).

Djokovic, a Serbian, had been trying to win his fourth straight major title.

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8:24am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Egad! British Prime Minister Left 8-Year-Old Daughter Behind In Pub

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 6:41 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron in London last month.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Dad thought she was with mum. Mum thought she was with dad. But 8-year-old Nancy wasn't with either of them.

Instead, she was left behind at a pub in Buckinghamshire, England. It was about 15 minutes before the mistake was realized and the little girl was reunited with her parents.

Oh, yeah, about her parents: They are British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha.

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7:51am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

'Relief Rally' Weakens As Markets Study Spanish Deal

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 1:07 pm

  • NPR's Philip Reeves, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

After rising sharply earlier today, European financial markets have come off their highs as investors "question the logistics of the $125 billion bailout of Spanish banks and wonder ... whether Monday's gains in financial markets were nothing but a relief rally," Dow Jones Newswires reports.

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7:21am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Commerce Secretary Cited For Hit-And-Run After Car Crashes

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:36 pm

Commerce Secretary John Bryson in March, during a visit to Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered an apparent "seizure" before a series of car crashes on Saturday in Los Angeles, a department spokesman says, according to an Associated Press "alert" issued just after 9:30 a.m. ET today.

As we reported earlier, Bryson was involved in three seemingly fender benders that did little damage and left those involved with only minor injuries — but led police to cite him for "felony hit-and-run."

Update at 10:26 p.m. ET. Bryson To Take Medical Leave:

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12:45pm

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

'She Hit Me First,' Greek Slapper Says

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This sounds like something we said in first grade:

"She raised her hand and hit me first and since I respect my honor and my name, I had to defend myself. The police ought to arrest her."

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11:52am

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

'I'll Have Another' Scratched From Belmont, Won't Race For Triple Crown

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 2:16 pm

I'll Have Another training earlier this week at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Al Bello Getty Images

I'll Have Another, which was set to run for racing glory in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, will not be racing for the Triple Crown.

"History is going to have to wait for another day," owner J. Paul Reddam said during a press conference at Belmont Park, today. Reddam said I'll Have Another, who had good odds of becoming the first winner of a Triple Crown since 1978, was suffering from tendinitis in his left, front tendon and that the colt's racing career was over.

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11:26am

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

'Car Talk' Guys Are Retiring, But Their Best Stuff Will Be Rebroadcast

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 3:30 pm

Ray, left, doing some dental work on Tom.
CarTalk.com

Click and Clack are going into retirement.

This just in from NPR's communications department:

June 8, 2012; Our Fair City – Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR's Car Talk, will tell their listeners this afternoon that as of this fall, they'll no longer record new programs. But their weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.

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9:46am

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: Congress Needs To Do More Than Talk About Jobs

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:58 pm

President Obama during this morning's news conference at the White House.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama used the White House press briefing room this morning to again make the case that Congress — and in particular the Republican-controlled House — needs to take up more of his ideas about how to boost job growth.

He also said it's "offensive" to suggest "my White House" may have leaked some secrets to gain political advantage.

We updated with highlights, so hit your "refresh" button to be sure you're seeing our latest.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. Romney Says Obama Is 'Out Of Touch':

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7:53am

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports Swirl That Spain Will Seek Bailout

The Banco de Espana (Bank of Spain) in Madrid.
Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

One day after seeing its sovereign debt downgraded to just above junk status, Spain is dealing with reports that it's about to ask the other eurozone nations for help in bailing out its beleaguered banks.

As The Guardian writes:

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