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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7:09am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Diana Nyad Ends Latest Bid To Swim From Cuba To Key West

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 10:21 am

Diana Nyad in the Florida Straits on Monday.
Christi Barli AFP/Getty Images

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has ended her third recent attempt to swim the 100 miles or so from Cuba to Key West, Florida, her official Twitter page says.

That word followed reports from ABC News' Good Morning America and CNN.

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6:47am

Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP
  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

12:42pm

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 8:20 pm

Saying that the comments "don't make sense to the American people" and were "way out there," President Obama just weighed in on the controversial remarks made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who said in a television interview that "if it's a legitimate rape," it's rare for a woman to get pregnant and therefore want an abortion.

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10:29am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Famed Augusta National Golf Club Adds First 2 Female Members

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 12:06 pm

The 16th green at Augusta National — framed by some of the course's famed azaleas — in 2001.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Breaking news from The Associated Press about a historic day for one of the nation's most historic sporting venues:

"For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

"The home of the Masters has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. Both women have accepted."

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9:51am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Scott McKenzie, Who Sang 'San Francisco' In The Summer Of Love, Dies

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 12:04 pm

Scott McKenzie, center, with the members of The Mamas and the Papas in 1967. John Phillips, far right, wrote San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). McKenzie died Saturday.
Worth AP

He sang a gentle song that became a hit and something of a theme song for 1967's "Summer of Love."

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