Mark Memmott, NPR

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at USATODAY.com, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.

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Texas
10:18 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Texas Judge Videotaped Beating Daughter Is Suspended With Pay

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
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Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 7:00 am

The Texas judge who sparked national outrage earlier this month when he was seen on video beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been suspended with pay while authorities continue their investigation, the Texas Supreme Court has announced.

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sports
10:18 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Baseball's Houston Astros To Switch Leagues In 2013

Where are we going, skip? Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, left, and pitching coach Doug Brocail.
John Sommers II Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:13 pm

The Houston Astros will be moving from Major League Baseball's National League to the American League "as soon as the 2013 season," MLB announced this afternoon.

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Texas
1:17 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Daughter Beaten By Dad Who's A Texas Judge: It Happened Regularly

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
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Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 4:51 pm

Hillary Adams, who videotaped her father beating her in 2004 and released it to the world last week because she believes he should not be serving as a judge in Texas, said this morning that such punishments happened regularly and that she believes her father "needs help and rehabilitation."

For his part, Judge William Adams says that "in my mind I haven't done anything wrong. ... She wasn't hurt, it was a long time ago" and she was just "being disciplined."

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sports
11:12 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Cards Win On 11th-Inning Freese Clout, Force Game 7

David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates at home plate after hitting a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers in St Louis.

Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 6:00 am

There's a new name in the long list of World Series heroes.

David Freese.

If anyone asks this morning about last night's dramatic Game 6 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers, here's the first thing to tell them:

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World Series
8:44 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Mundane Mixup Helps Rangers Take 3-2 Lead In World Series

A little too late: Pitcher Marc Rzepczynski of the St. Louis Cardinals is removed by manager Tony La Russa in the eighth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers. Earlier in the inning, Rzepczynski was mistakenly left in the game because of a miscommunication between LaRussa and his bullpen. And the pitcher gave up the game-winning hit.

Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 5:01 pm

If anyone asks you why the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last night to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series, tell them it was a missed call.

But it wasn't, as NPR's Mike Pesca said on Morning Edition, a mistake made by an umpire.

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world series
10:44 am
Thu October 20, 2011

World Series Game 1: The Coolest And Biggest Plays

A cool out: Pitcher Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals tags first base for an out as Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers reaches the base.

Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 7:01 am

Game 1 of the World Series went to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The National League champions beat the American League's Texas Rangers 3-2:

For those who like to know about the key moments, here are two, courtesy of NPR's Tom Goldman's report for Morning Edition:

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sports
4:27 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

2011 World Series: A Few Things To Know As Cards, Rangers Get Set

Tuesday: St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols runs during practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis.

Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 9:50 am

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today.

But while the outcome may be difficult to predict because both teams can make compelling cases for why they should emerge victorious, Tom said the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers has some very compelling story lines. The Series is set to begin tonight in St. Louis (game time is 8:05 p.m. ET. Fox-TV is the broadcaster.)

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2012 Presidential Election
8:43 am
Wed October 19, 2011

GOP Contenders Hold 'Raucous' Debate In Vegas

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry got into a heated exchange about immigration during Tuesday's GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 6:47 am

The reviews are in about last night's CNN Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas and the consensus seems to be that it was a slugfest in Sin City:

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Cardinals Vs. Rangers: Which Team Will Win The World Series?

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 7:20 am

Now we know the matchup.

So it's time to ask: Will it be the St. Louis Cardinals or the Texas Rangers who win the World Series?

The first game is set for Wednesday evening in St. Louis. We'll keep the question open until then.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:25 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Ron Paul Asks: Will The Government Assassinate Journalists Next?

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at the National Press Club in Washington today.

Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 2:45 pm

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was quick last Friday to condemn the killing of American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

"If the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it's sad," Paul said.

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2012 Presidential Election
7:57 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Rapid Response From Perry Campaign To Story About Racially Offensive Word

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday (Oct. 1, 2011).

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Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 6:45 am

Note: This report contains an offensive racial epithet. It is an essential part of the story, however.

"Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign pushed back quickly and forcefully Sunday against a Washington Post story that linked Perry to a hunting camp known to some by a racially insensitive name," the Austin American-Statesman reports.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:58 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Cain: Blacks 'Have Been Brainwashed' Into Supporting Liberals

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain during a Sept. 7 debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 7:00 am

"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Wednesday on CNN's The Situation Room. "I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it's just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple."

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Texas
1:21 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Texas Turns Down Cook's Offer Of Free 'Last Meals'

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 4:42 pm

Last week the state of Texas said it would no longer let condemned prisoners order practically anything they want for their last meals before execution.

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Texas
11:21 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Creator Of Doritos To Be Buried With His Chips

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 9:20 am

Word is just reaching the rest of the nation that Arch West, the man credited with creating Doritos, died last week in Texas. He was 97, the Dallas Morning News says.

At a graveside service next Saturday, the newspaper adds, "his family plans to sprinkle Doritos." A daughter says they will be "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn."

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Texas
9:51 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Texas Execution Put On Hold By Supreme Court

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 6:30 am

Duane Buck, "a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection" on Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to "his lawyers' claims that race played an improper role in his sentencing," The Associated Press writes.

As the wire service adds:

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2012 Presidential Election
3:04 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Al Gore: An Honor To Be Attacked By Perry On Climate Change

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 1:55 pm

"There's a long tradition of people who don't like a particular message turning to attack the person delivering the message," former Vice President Al Gore just said on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

That's why, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee added, "I view it as an honor, really," to be the target of Republican jabs on the issue of climate change.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:11 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Pawlenty Endorses Romney; GOP Contenders Debate Tonight

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 8:19 am

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the first major candidate to drop out of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has endorsed his one-time rival Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:33 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Ron Paul's Wrong About FEMA, Vermont Governor Says

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 12:15 pm

"I would urge Ron Paul and any critics of FEMA to come to Vermont," the state's governor said earlier today on The Takeaway.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), has "an A-team" on the ground in his state, which was crushed by Hurricane Irene-related flooding this week.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:27 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Ron Paul: 'Philosophy Of Liberty And The Constitution' Has Been Vindicated

Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul at Iowa State University in Ames on Aug. 13, 2011.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 2:30 pm

The Republican presidential candidate who's been ignored by many in the news media spent 20 minutes on the air with Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan and Political Junkie Ken Rudin this afternoon.

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business
10:53 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Justice Dept. Sues To Block Dallas-based AT&T's Acquisition Of T-Mobile

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 10:15 am

The Justice Department just confirmed that it has "filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc."

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