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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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Coming Up: January Jobs Report

Job seekers came to the ThistleDown Racino and Horseshoe Casino in Warrensvile Hts., Ohio, last month.
Chuck Crow The Plain Dealer /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:47 am

(We updated the top of this post at 10:15 a.m. ET.)

The U.S. economy produced several hundred thousand more jobs than previously thought in 2011 and 2012 even as the nation's jobless rate remained stuck at a relatively high level, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.

While BLS said the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in January from 7.8 percent the month before, it also reported that:

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Alabama Hostage Standoff Continues

Thursday night in Midland City, Ala., there was a candlelight vigil for bus driver Charles Poland, who was killed Tuesday before a gunman snatched a 5-year-old boy — who is being held captive in an underground bunker.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov

The standoff continues this morning in Midland City, Ala., where a 5-year-old boy has been held captive in an underground bunker since Tuesday, when a gunman abducted him from a school bus after killing the driver.

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Death Toll Rising In Mexico; At Least 25 Dead After Explosion, Dozens Hurt

Rescue workers are searching the debris in Mexico City, where an explosion Thursday rocked the headquarters of the state-owned oil company, Pemex.
Yuri Cortez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:49 am

Authorities in Mexico City said Friday morning that at least 32 people had been killed and another 120 or so injured by the explosion Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of Pemex, Mexico's state-owned oil company.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Developing: Explosion Outside U.S. Embassy In Turkey

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:11 pm

There was an explosion Friday at an entrance to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, and within hours American officials were calling it a "terrorist attack."

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Ed Koch, Flamboyant Former New York City Mayor, Dies

New York City Mayor Edward Koch in February 1980.
CBS /Landov

Ed Koch, the colorful three-term mayor who led New York City through its financial crisis in the '70s, has died.

George Arzt, a spokesman for the former mayor, tells NPR's Joel Rose that Koch died of congestive heart failure around 2 a.m. ET Friday. The former mayor was 88.

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Has Obama Done Some Skeet Shooting? Fox News Says Yes

Julian Finney Getty Images

The Washington Post's Fact Checker takes on the subject of whether President Obama was shooting straight when he told The New Republic that he has fired a gun and that "we do skeet shooting all the time" at Camp David.

And what does Fact Checker conclude?

"Verdict Pending."

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Hagel: 'No One Individual Vote, Quote Or Statement Defines Me'

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., during his Senate nomination hearing earlier today.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 12:53 pm

(Scroll down for updates.)

Responding to those who have questioned his views on Israel, Iran and defense spending, former Sen. Chuck Hagel said Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense that:

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The Two-Way
10:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

In Alabama, Hostage Standoff Continues; Child Thought To Be Unharmed

Law enforcement personnel near the scene of the standoff in Midland City, Ala., where a man is said to be holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after killing a school bus driver.
Philip Sears Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 8:17 am

The scary situation remains unchanged in southeast Alabama, where authorities say a man shot and killed a school bus driver on Tuesday and then took a 5-year-old boy to an underground bunker.

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shooting Death Of Chicago Teen Ignites Outrage, Enters National Gun Debate

Hadiya Pendleton.
Courtesy of Pendleton family via the Chicago Tribune MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:50 am

Hadiya Pendleton's shooting death Tuesday in a park just a mile from President Obama's home in Chicago has generated outrage "from City Hall to the White House" and is now part of the "national debate over guns and crime," The Chicago Tribune writes.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Growth In Incomes, Spending Slowed In 2012; Jobless Claims Jumped Last Week

Consumer spending rose in 2012, but not by as much as the year before. In December, these shoppers were out and about in Glendale, Calif.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Americans' personal incomes grew by 3.5 percent in 2012, compared with 5.1 percent growth the year before, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. And it says consumer spending rose 3.6 percent last year, vs. 5 percent in 2011.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Hack Attack On 'New York Times' Looks Like Part Of Chinese Campaign

Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:57 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Nicole Perlroth

This news ...

"For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees."

... appears to be "part of a broader campaign against American media reporting on Chinese leaders," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Iran, Israel, Defense Cuts To Be Key Topics At Hagel Hearing

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 12:52 pm

What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Wed January 30, 2013

192,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls This Month, Report Signals

Looking for work: In Birmingham, Ala., last summer, Jessica McQueen (left) and Ashley Abramson were among those filling out applications at a jobs fair.
Joe Songer Birmingham News /Landov

After bad news about late 2012 — that the U.S. economy shrank a bit in the fourth quarter — there's modestly good news about early 2013:

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Economy Shrank At 0.1 Percent Annual Rate In Fourth Quarter

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 9:11 am

The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.1 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, its first quarterly contraction since the second quarter of 2009.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Report: Your Salary Data May Be For Sale

Fill out an application for a loan, and your wage history may go places you didn't expect.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:42 pm

If you've earned a paycheck in recent years, you'll probably want want to know about this:

The Equifax credit reporting agency, NBC News reports, has collected 190 million employment and salary records on about one-third of U.S. adults and has sold some of the information "to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities."

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