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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8:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The news that the holiday shopping season got a strong start on its unofficial launch day — Black Friday — has helped push stock index futures up sharply this morning.

After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.

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7:15am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Do Not Tolerate Abuse,' Syracuse Chancellor Says As She Fires Coach

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 7:53 am

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine during a game in March 2009. He was fired Sunday.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

The news from Syracuse University concerning child molestation allegations against assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine — which he denies — took several dramatic turns Sunday.

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6:30am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

'Rage' In Pakistan, Deep Concern In U.S. After NATO Attack

Pakistani boys in Lahore joined in a protest Sunday about the NATO attacks that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

The foreign minister says there is "rage" in Pakistan about the NATO airstrike over the weekend that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan.

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5:45am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 2:06 pm

An Egyptian woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in the Manial neighborhood of Cairo earlier today (Nov. 28, 2011).
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago.

So far, according to reports from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests in major cities and the violent response to them from authorities.

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1:26pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Two-Way

FBI Raid Nabs 7 Suspected In Amish Beard Attacks

Sam Mullet outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio, earlier this year.
Amy Sancetta AP

"The FBI and local sheriff's deputies this morning raided an Amish compound in Ohio and arrested seven men, including reputed breakaway sect leader Sam Mullet, on federal hate crimes charges and related state violations in connection to a series of beard-cutting attacks against other Amish across Ohio," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

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