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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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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2012 Presidential Election
2:13 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

On Perry's Turf, Romney Aims Jab At 'Career Politicians'

Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Aug. 24.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 9:49 am

Deep in the heart of Texas, home to one of his toughest rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declared today that:

"I have spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy. Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

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NASA
11:08 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Atlantis Blasts Off On Shuttle Program's Final Mission

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 12:23 pm

Space shuttle Atlantis roared off the launch pad at Florida's Kennedy Space Center this morning, beginning a 12-day mission to the International Space Station that marks the end of NASA's 30-year-old shuttle program.

With hundreds of thousands of people looking on from highways, beaches and balconies along Florida's "Space Coast," and millions more watching on television or the Web, the shuttle and its crew of four lifted off after a morning of uncertainty about whether storms in the area might force a postponement.

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Special Coverage
2:15 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Obama Decides Bin Laden Photos Will Not Be Released

Originally published on Wed May 4, 2011 1:33 pm

2:32 p.m. ET: Fearing that their release could pose a risk to national security because they might incite violence, President Obama has decided not to make public any post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the White House announced this afternoon.

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Special Coverage
11:49 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead; President Tells Nation 'Justice Has Been Done'

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Quetta, Pakistan, rally to condemn the killing of Osama bin Laden on Monday.
Arshad Butt AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:55 am

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Sat March 12, 2011

Disaster In Japan: Saturday's Developments

The death toll is climbing. Rescuers are struggling to get to survivors. And the world is watching anxiously to see if crippled nuclear power plants can be safely shut down.

On the day after a massive earthquake struck Japan, sending huge tsunami waves crashing into its coasts and across the Pacific, the scope of the disaster is daunting. We'll be following developments.

Update at 12:30 p.m. ET. Today's News:

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Obama: Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Strengthen National Security

Update at 9:58 a.m. ET: Saying that the action will strengthen the nation and end a practice that forced some members of the military to lie about themselves, President Obama this hour signed legislation that repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military.

We updated this post with news from the ceremony, which was held at the U.S. Department of Interior to hold a large crowd. Read through to see how the event unfolded (or scroll down and "read up" if you want to see things in chronological order).

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