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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12:20pm

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Gay Marine's Homecoming Kiss Is Lighting Up The Web

The kiss. That's Sgt. Brandon Morgan on the right. Dalan Wells on the left.
Gay Marines on Facebook

11:00am

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Chechens Allegedly Planned To Attack Putin's Motorcade With Mines

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Alexey Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images

Chechens who allegedly were hoping to kill Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin planned to hide landmines along a route his motorcade often uses in Moscow, according to Russian TV, the BBC reports.

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9:35am

Mon February 27, 2012

9:20am

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Developing: Shooting At High School In Chardon, Ohio

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 2:14 pm

The latest on today's shooting at a high school in Chardon, Ohio, where five students were shot; at least one fatally:

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET. Student Who Died Identified:

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8:50am

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Santorum Defends Saying JFK Speech On Religion Makes Him Sick

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, center, and supporters as they prayed earlier this month in McKinney, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

There was no shift over the weekend by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he was asked about his comment last year that then-presidential candidate John Kennedy's famous 1960 speech about religion and the separation of church and state makes him want to throw up.

The Boston Globe writes that on Sunday:

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8:00am

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks Starts Posting Millions Of Security Firm Stratfor's Emails

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 8:46 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven away in a taxi after leaving his hearing at the Supreme Court in London, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Matt Dunham AP

"The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks began publishing on Monday more than five million emails from a U.S.-based global security analysis company that has been likened to a shadow CIA," Reuters writes.

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7:30am

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Killings Over Quran Burnings Lead To Faster Pullout From Afghanistan?

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:43 am

In Herat, Afghanistan, on Friday: Demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images
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The news from Afghanistan remains grim as protests and attacks continue over the recent burning of some Qurans and other Islamic materials at an airbase controlled by international forces. The violence and unrest has also, The Washington Post writes, "exposed a crippling weakness in the American strategy to wind down the war."

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10:15am

Fri February 24, 2012
The Two-Way

New Home Sales Dipped In January

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 10:18 am

A sign of the times at a new housing development in Danville, Calif., last year.
David Paul Morris Getty Images

There was a 0.9 percent drop in sales of new homes in January vs. December, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development just reported.

The annual sales rate, 321,000, was still 3.5 percent above the pace of January 2011, however.

And The Associated Press notes that the dip in January from December may have partly been due to the fact that "the government said the final quarter of 2011 was stronger than first estimated."

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9:55am

Fri February 24, 2012

9:00am

Fri February 24, 2012
The Two-Way

NPR Promotes Two Executives To Key Posts

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 2:03 pm

Kinsey Wilson, NPR's executive vice president and chief content officer.
Stephen Voss NPR

Slightly more than one year after a series of controversial events led to top leaders' depatures, NPR this morning announced "a new executive structure" and named two current managers to key posts.

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell said that:

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