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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1:54pm

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Beat It, Bidders: Marshals Cancel Jackson Jr. Auction

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen came on stage during a Texas stop of Michael Jackson's 1984 tour to play on "Beat It," the Jackson hit that featured a solo by Van Halen. Now, questions about a guitar that the two supposedly signed have led to the cancellation of an auction of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s goods.
Carlos Osorio AP

"Legitimate concerns about the authenticity of the guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen" have led the U.S. Marshals Service to cancel an auction of the goods forfeited by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.

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11:21am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Praise Pours In For Dairy Queen Manager Who Helped A Blind Man

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:12 pm

Joey Prusak has been a busy man since his act of kindness went viral. CBS Minnesota is among the TV outlets that have spotlighted his story.
Minnesota.CBSlocal.com

Today's good-guy award goes to Joey Prusak of Hopkins, Minn.

Prusak, a Dairy Queen manager, back on Sept. 10 saw a woman pick up a $20 bill that a blind customer dropped. When Prusak told her to give it back, she refused. So, the 19-year-old manager refused to serve her. He then took $20 of his own money and gave it to the visually impaired customer.

Prusak's good deed might have gone unnoticed. But, as KARE-TV reports:

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10:24am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Joy Covey, Who Was Key To Amazon.com's Success, Dies

"Joy Covey, who helped take Amazon.com Inc. public as the Internet retailer's chief financial officer, died Wednesday when her bicycle collided with a van on a downhill stretch of road in San Mateo County," the Los Angeles Times writes.

She was 50.

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8:27am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Death Toll Near 100, And Likely To Rise, From Storms In Mexico

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:45 am

A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Hurricane Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico.
Alejandrino Gonzalez AP

Authorities were saying early Friday that at least 97 people were known to have died in the flooding, mudslides and other deadly after-effects of the two storms that struck the country this week.

Torrential rains and then-Hurricane Manuel lashed the west coast of Mexico, particularly in around Acapulco. Hurricane Ingrid pummeled the east side of the nation, along the Gulf Coast.

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7:45am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Tigers' Fielder Takes Fan's Chip After Chasing Foul

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 8:54 am

Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, who enjoys a snack during a game.
Paul Sancya AP

He thought about stealing some cheese, too, Detroit Tigers' first baseman Prince Fielder says, but worried that the fan might be a double-dipper.

Watch what happened Thursday when Fielder chased a foul ball toward the stands and casually lifted a nacho chip from an unsuspecting fan's snack tray before heading back on to the field.

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7:16am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran's New Leader Calls For 'Constructive Dialogue'

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 8:00 am

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani earlier this month.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images
  • On 'Morning Edition': Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani uses the op-ed pages of The Washington Post on Friday to:

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6:42am

Fri September 20, 2013
The Two-Way

13 People Shot In Chicago; 3-Year-Old Most Seriously Wounded

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:24 pm

The scene late Thursday at a park in Chicago's South Side after a shooting there in which 13 people were wounded.
Paul Beaty AP
  • From the NPR Newscast: Cheryl Corley reports on the shootings in Chicago
  • On 'Morning Edition': "After Shooting Tragedies, States React With Legislation"

(Our most recent update, at 12:15 p.m. ET., is here.)

A work week that began with a mass shooting in Washington, D.C., that left 12 victims dead concludes with a mass shooting in Chicago in which 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded.

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11:50am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Tom DeLay's Conviction Overturned On Appeal

Former House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in 2011.
Ben Sklar Getty Images

An appeals court in Texas has overturned the 2010 conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who had been found guilty of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates during the 2002 campaign cycle.

DeLay, a Republican, had been out on bail while appealing his conviction and the three-year prison sentence he was handed afterward.

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10:15am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Putin 'Doesn't Believe In You,' McCain Tells Russian People

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 11:50 am

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

In a stinging response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's put-down of "American exceptionalism," Arizona Sen. John McCain told Russians Thursday that Putin "doesn't believe in you."

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9:44am

Thu September 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Whale Of A Fine: JPMorgan Chase To Pay $920M In Penalties

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 11:39 am

The JPMorgan Chase building in London, where traders ran up huge losses.
Timur Emek AP

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to acknowledge that it violated federal securities laws and will pay $920 million in penalties assessed by regulators in the U.S. and U.K. to settle charges related to the huge trading losses racked up by its London traders last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday morning.

As we wrote earlier this week when word of the pending settlement first emerged, this all:

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