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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12:25pm

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Hoodie In The House Leads To Shouting In The Capitol

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 3:45 pm

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., during his hooded statement on the House floor.
C-SPAN.org

On the floor of the House this morning, Rep. Bobby Rush's effort to call attention to the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin turned into a contest of wills between the Illinois Democrat and the presiding officer because Rush donned a hoodie while speaking.

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11:08am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss' Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return

The Lorax, before he was taken away.
San Diego Police Department

The Grinch returned all those stolen presents.

Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author's home also has a change of heart.

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9:25am

Wed March 28, 2012

9:10am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Tibetan Exile Dies From Burns Suffered In Self-Immolation

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:55 am

In Kolkata on Tuesday, exiled Tibetans and human rights activists held a candlelight for Jamphel Yeshi.
Dibyangshu Sarkar AFP/Getty Images

Jamphel Yeshi has died. The 27-year-old Tibetan exile, who on on Monday set himself on fire in New Delhi, was the latest in a small but growing number of Tibetans who in the past year have burned themselves in protest of China's rule over their country.

As we reported Tuesday, at least 30 Tibetans have taken that dramatic step in the past year.

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8:50am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

JetBlue Freak Out: Passenger Had To Put Panicked Pilot 'In A Choke Hold'

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 4:38 pm

Newseum.org

"I grabbed his arm and put him in a choke hold. ... I'm just happy I was able to get him down to the floor."

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7:20am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Day 3 For Health Care Cases At The Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 7:22 am

  • Ari Shapiro, on the NPR Newscast

On the third and final day of Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of the health care overhaul law enacted in 2010, the focus turns to whether the law could survive if the justices decide to strike its most controversial component — the so-called mandate that "requires most Americans to either have health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty," NPR's Julie Rovner reports.

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7:05am

Wed March 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Gingrich Slashes Staff, Pins Hopes On GOP Delegates Turning To Him

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 2:58 pm

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who wants to the the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, during a campaign event in Camp Hill, Pa., on Saturday (March 24, 2012).
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images
  • Don Gonyea, on the NPR Newscast

As he slashes his campaign schedule and lays off about one-third of his staff, 2012 Republican presidential Newt Gingrich is mounting a "big-choice convention strategy" that he hopes will end with Republicans turning to him to be their nominee, NPR's Don Gonyea tells our Newscast Desk.

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3:10pm

Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Scary Moments Aboard JetBlue Flight When Captain Has 'Medical Situation'

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 3:14 pm

2:20pm

Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Information Will Be Free: Media, Groups Get Around Supreme Court's Rules

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 5:47 pm

While some reporters inside scrambled to get word out, there were plenty of protesters and spectators outside the Supreme Court this morning.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Cameras aren't allowed. There are no broadcasts. No one's supposed to leave the courtroom and then come back in.

As we've said, the U.S. Supreme Court isn't very interested in having its proceedings covered "live" in any way shape or form.

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12:32pm

Tue March 27, 2012
The Two-Way

At Supreme Court: Health Care Ruling Still Too Close To Call?

Here's some of the early word about today's Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the nation's new health care overhaul law:

-- Five Justices Were Tough: Five members of the court "beat him up pretty hard," NPR's Nina Totenberg says of how the justices treated the counsel representing the government. But she also says, "I don't think you can call this," when asked about whether the court will or won't strike down the so-called individual mandate in the law. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy "seem to be in play," Nina reports.

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