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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12:39pm

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Now They're Even? Romney Gets In 'Birth Certificate' Quip

But seriously, folks: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joked about birth certificates today in Commerce, Mich.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

In Commerce, Mich., today, The Associated Press reports, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney told supporters that he and his wife, Ann, had been born in nearby hospitals. Then, Romney added, "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised."

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9:08am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Dead After Shooting Near Empire State Building

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 10:53 am

One of the blocked off streets near the scene of today's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
Jim O'Grady WNYC

A shooting near the iconic Empire State Building this morning has left two people dead — one of them the gunman who first opened fire — and has shut down streets around that Manhattan landmark.

Police do not believe there's any link to terrorism. Instead, they suspect the gunman had some sort of work-related grievance.

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8:47am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Isaac Might Be 'Near Hurricane Strength' When It Hits Haiti Today

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 2:21 pm

Isaac's projected track as of 2 p.m. ET on Friday (Aug. 24).
National Hurricane Center

Update at 3 p.m. ET. In its latest update, the National Hurricane Center says that tropical storm Isaac "could be near hurricane strength" when it reaches Haiti later today. That's a slightly more serious forecast from where we began the day.

Our original post — "Isaac Barrels Toward Haiti, But Isn't Likely To Become Hurricane Today":

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7:52am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

21-Year Sentence For Norwegian Killer Of 77; But He May Serve For Life

Anders Behring Breivik in court today.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

At first the news may be a shock because of what would seem to Americans to be such a relatively light punishment considering the crime:

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7:29am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong's Seven Tour De France Titles Are Effectively Gone

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:14 am

Lance Armstrong, wearing the yellow jersey that identifies the leader in the Tour de France, during the race in 2003. He won that year and six other times.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images
  • Mike Pesca, reporting for the NPR Newcast

Cycling superstar and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles are about to be wiped from the record books.

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