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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10:18am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 1:46 pm

President Obama at a news conference Wednesday in Brussels.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

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9:43am

Wed March 26, 2014
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Rob Store, Go To Prison, Serve Time, Repeat?

Christopher Miller, who police say returned to the scene of his crime.
N.J. Department of Corrections

A man who spent more than 13 years in jail for robbing a New Jersey shoe store returned to the scene of the crime one day after his release from prison and robbed the business again, police say.

Christopher Miller, 40, was released from South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., on Friday.

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8:42am

Wed March 26, 2014
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'Bishop Of Bling' Gets The Boot

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:10 pm

Then-Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last August. The Vatican has accepted his resignation. Tebartz-van Elst spent lavishly on renovations at his residence and allegedly made false statements about expensive travel costs.
Fredrik Von Erichsen DPA/Landov

The more than $40 million he allowed to be spent on renovations at his residence and allegations that he lied about some of his other lavish spending have now officially cost the "bishop of bling" his job.

The Vatican announced Wednesday that it has accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who had been the bishop of Limburg, Germany. He will be assigned other duties.

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7:44am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Washington Mudslide: Fewer Missing As Death Toll Stays Put, For Now

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 5:30 am

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov
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Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 25 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates helped tell the story as the day began:

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6:59am

Wed March 26, 2014
The Two-Way

More Images, More Possible Debris, But No Sure Sign Of Flight 370

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:10 am

Crew members on the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long scanned the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday as they assisted in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Earlier this year, the Xue Long assisted in the rescue of more than 50 scientists and paying passengers from a ship that got stuck in the Antarctic Ocean.
Zhang Jiansong Xinhua/Landov
This post has been updated with word that the aerial search is over for today.

Images taken on Sunday by a French satellite show 122 "potential objects" in the area of the southern Indian Ocean that searchers are now combing for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia's acting transport minister said Wednesday.

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6:38pm

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Girl Scout Sells Record 18,107 Boxes, Says She Can Move Samoa

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:42 pm

Lisa Crigar Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Dough-she-does, for sure.

When it comes to selling Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies, all sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City can seem to say is let me sell Samoa. (Rimshot!)

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City shares the story of her sweet success:

"Katie ... a sixth-grader at Hefner Middle School, set a new cookie selling record Sunday night by selling 18,107 boxes [since sales began on Feb. 7].

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5:12pm

Mon March 24, 2014
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Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:02 am

President Obama and other leaders met in The Hague. Clockwise from bottom left: European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Russia's 20 years of having a seat at the table when leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized nations meet came to at least a temporary end.

President Obama and his counterparts from six other major nations announced in The Hague that because of Russia's actions in Crimea, "we will suspend our participation in the G-8."

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3:45pm

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Unidentified Remains To Be In Repository At Sept. 11 Museum

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:48 pm

An artist's image of the wall that will separate the public from the repository where unidentified remains will be kept at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan.
911memorial.org

Hoping it will be "a dignified and reverential setting," the soon-to-be-opened National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City says approximately 8,000 unidentified remains of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan are returning "to the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site."

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12:46pm

Mon March 24, 2014
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U.S. Sending More Troops To Hunt For Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, in 2006.
Stuart Price AP

The U.S. is sending 150 Air Force special operations personnel to central Africa this week — more than doubling the number of American troops on the ground who are assisting in the search for infamous Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, The Washington Post reports.

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11:46am

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now?

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:08 pm

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a shot during his team's victory Sunday over Wichita State. The Wildcats' win sent the previously undefeated Shockers home.
Charlie Riedel AP
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman on the madness so far

Duke went down the first day, losing to nearly unknown Mercer.

Syracuse was bounced out on Saturday by Dayton — a team that hadn't gone very far in 30 years.

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