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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The Two-Way
10:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

$292M For Baseball's Miguel Cabrera? Let's Dig Into That Number

He's got 290 million reasons to smile: The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.
C.J. Gunther EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 1:03 pm

The numbers are eye-popping:

MLB.com and other news sites are reporting that Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting an eight-year contract extension from the team that means he's guaranteed to earn $292 million over the next 10 years if he keeps playing.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers Won't Seek Re-Election

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., during an appearance last year on CBS News' Face the Nation. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says he won't seek re-election in November.
Chris Usher AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:17 pm

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., confirmed Friday that he will not seek re-election in November and is going to host a talk show on the Cumulus radio network starting next year.

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6:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide 'Will Only Increase'

Searchers approach the site of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., that tore through about 50 homes and properties.
Ted S. Warren/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:46 pm

Officials expect to release more information later today about the death toll from last weekend's massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., and they're warning that the news is going to be grim.

"We understand there has been confusion over the reported number of fatalities," Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said Thursday. "The sadness here is that we know this number will only increase."

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5:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

New Lead Shifts Search For Missing Jet 700 Miles North

The new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about 1,100 miles west of Perth, Australia. Previous search areas are shaded gray and were about 700 miles to the southwest.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 11:45 am

Update at 9:25 a.m. ET. Aircraft Spot "Multiple Objects;" Search Concludes For The Day:

On their first day of searching a new area of the Southern Indian Ocean for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, "five aircraft spotted multiple objects of various colors," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday.

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11:40 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mudslide Volunteers: 'We're Going In Whether You Let Us Or Not'

A worker uses a chain saw at the scene of the deadly mudslide near Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:52 pm

When emergency personnel got to the scene of Saturday's mudslide near Oso, Wash., they kept people away. Much of a mountain had torn off, roared across the Stillaguamish River, and destroyed about 50 homes and properties.

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10:06 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Review Done For Gov. Christie's Office Absolves Him In Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 4:42 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "account of these events rings true" and he has "conducted himself at every turn as someone who has nothing to hide," according to an investigation — done at the request of the governor's office — of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Obama Lays Out His Plan To Have Telecoms Store Call Data

Following up on his acknowledgement in January that it's problematic to have the National Security Agency collecting and storing massive amounts of information about individuals' phone calls, President Obama announced Thursday that he has decided "the data should remain at the telephone companies."

NPR's Tamara Keith tells our Newscast Desk that:

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8:55 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'Do It For Denmark' Video Urges Danes To Go All The Way

An image from "Do it for Denmark," which urges Danes to get going.
Spies Rejser video

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:38 am

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7:23 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Sentenced To Death 46 Years Ago, Japanese Man Is Now Free

Iwao Hakamada before he went to prison in 1966 and after his release on Thursday. Now 78, he was sentenced to death in 1968 for the murders of four people and may have been the world's longest-serving death row inmate. Newly analyzed DNA evidence indicates he may be innocent. A retrial has been ordered.
Kyodo/Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:36 am

A Japanese man who may have been on death row longer than anyone else in the world walked out of prison on Thursday after newly analyzed DNA evidence prompted a judge to order that he be retried.

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7:21 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, GDP Growth Revised Up Slightly

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:49 am

The economic news about both last quarter and last week is on the positive side:

-- The Bureau of Economic Analysis says the economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, a bit better than its previous estimate that gross domestic product had expanded at a 2.4 percent pace.

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5:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Planes Turn Back, But Ships Continue Search For Flight 370

A Thai satellite snapped an image that shows about 300 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean in the area now being searched for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. This is part of that image. So far, searchers have not located any debris from the plane.
Thai Ministry of Science and Technology EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:42 pm

Nearly three weeks after it disappeared, the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and any sign of the 239 people who were on board continues in the southern Indian Ocean. Thursday's news is that:

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

Pope Francis and President Obama at the Vatican on Thursday. It was their first meeting.
Gabriel Bouys AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:50 am

One leader whose popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.

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10:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Photo: Pothole Tries To Eat Pothole Repair Truck

Ka-thunk. This pothole repair crew in East Lansing, Mich., met its match.
Robert Boomer Facebook.com/bikerboomer

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:01 pm

There's just something oddly appropriate about this photo from East Lansing, Mich., after a winter that's been so hard for so many people across the nation.

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8:56 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hawaii's Police, Lawmakers Reach Consensus On Prostitution Law

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:00 am

Honolulu police officials and key legislators in Hawaii now agree that a state law needs to be changed so that undercover police officers will be breaking the law if they have sexual relations with prostitutes.

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8:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

President Obama at a news conference Wednesday in Brussels.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:46 am

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

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7:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Rob Store, Go To Prison, Serve Time, Repeat?

Christopher Miller, who police say returned to the scene of his crime.
N.J. Department of Corrections

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:43 am

A man who spent more than 13 years in jail for robbing a New Jersey shoe store returned to the scene of the crime one day after his release from prison and robbed the business again, police say.

Christopher Miller, 40, was released from South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., on Friday.

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6:21 am
Wed March 26, 2014

'Bishop Of Bling' Gets The Boot

Then-Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last August. The Vatican has accepted his resignation. Tebartz-van Elst spent lavishly on renovations at his residence and allegedly made false statements about expensive travel costs.
Fredrik Von Erichsen DPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:10 am

The more than $40 million he allowed to be spent on renovations at his residence and allegations that he lied about some of his other lavish spending have now officially cost the "bishop of bling" his job.

The Vatican announced Wednesday that it has accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who had been the bishop of Limburg, Germany. He will be assigned other duties.

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5:44 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Mudslide: Fewer Missing As Death Toll Stays Put, For Now

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:30 am

This post is being updated. Click here to jump to our latest additions.

Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 25 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates helped tell the story as the day began:

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4:59 am
Wed March 26, 2014

More Images, More Possible Debris, But No Sure Sign Of Flight 370

Crew members on the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long scanned the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday as they assisted in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Earlier this year, the Xue Long assisted in the rescue of more than 50 scientists and paying passengers from a ship that got stuck in the Antarctic Ocean.
Zhang Jiansong Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:10 am

This post has been updated with word that the aerial search is over for today.

Images taken on Sunday by a French satellite show 122 "potential objects" in the area of the southern Indian Ocean that searchers are now combing for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia's acting transport minister said Wednesday.

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4:38 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Girl Scout Sells Record 18,107 Boxes, Says She Can Move Samoa

Lisa Crigar Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:42 am

Dough-she-does, for sure.

When it comes to selling Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies, all sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City can seem to say is let me sell Samoa. (Rimshot!)

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City shares the story of her sweet success:

"Katie ... a sixth-grader at Hefner Middle School, set a new cookie selling record Sunday night by selling 18,107 boxes [since sales began on Feb. 7].

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3:26 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7

President Obama and other leaders met in The Hague. Clockwise from bottom left: European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:02 am

Russia's 20 years of having a seat at the table when leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized nations meet came to at least a temporary end.

President Obama and his counterparts from six other major nations announced in The Hague that because of Russia's actions in Crimea, "we will suspend our participation in the G-8."

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1:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Unidentified Remains To Be In Repository At Sept. 11 Museum

An artist's image of the wall that will separate the public from the repository where unidentified remains will be kept at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan.
911memorial.org

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 1:48 pm

Hoping it will be "a dignified and reverential setting," the soon-to-be-opened National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City says approximately 8,000 unidentified remains of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan are returning "to the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site."

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10:36 am
Mon March 24, 2014

U.S. Sending More Troops To Hunt For Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, in 2006.
Stuart Price AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:46 am

The U.S. is sending 150 Air Force special operations personnel to central Africa this week — more than doubling the number of American troops on the ground who are assisting in the search for infamous Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, The Washington Post reports.

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9:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now?

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a shot during his team's victory Sunday over Wichita State. The Wildcats' win sent the previously undefeated Shockers home.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:08 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman on the madness so far

Duke went down the first day, losing to nearly unknown Mercer.

Syracuse was bounced out on Saturday by Dayton — a team that hadn't gone very far in 30 years.

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3:16 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Back On Hold In Michigan

Saying that it wants "to allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay," the U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit on Saturday effectively hit the pause button on same-sex marriages in Michigan.

Friday, as we reported, a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

But late Saturday afternoon, the appeals court weighed in. It said the lower court's decision "is temporarily stayed until Wednesday."

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2:17 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Pope Includes Victim Among Members Of Commission On Sex Abuse

Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a priest in her native Ireland, will be a member of a commission that advises the Roman Catholic Church about confronting and preventing such abuse.
Andrew Medichini AP

The eight members of a new Vatican commission charged with advising the Roman Catholic Church on how to confront and prevent sexual abuse of children by its priests include a prominent victim.

Ireland's Marie Collins was molested by a priest when she was a young girl in the 1960s. In 1997, as TheJournal.ie writes, she saw her abuser finally brought to justice. She is, the newssite adds:

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12:35 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Latest Leak: NSA Burrowed Into Chinese Telecom Giant's Servers

The National Security Agency has in recent years "pried its way into the servers" of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that the spy agency has long suspected could work with the Chinese military to steal secrets from American firms and the U.S. government, The New York Times reported Saturday.

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10:25 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Major Ukrainian Air Base In Crimea Handed Over To Russia

A Russian military officer, left, talks to Ukrainian Col. Yuli Mamchur before the Russian takeover of an air base near the Crimean town of Belbek on Saturday.
Vasily Fedosenko Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 2:07 pm

Russia's grip on Crimea was further solidified Saturday when its forces took complete control of a Ukrainian Air Force base in the town of Belbek, NPR's Gregory Warner and Reuters report.

The landing field and other key sections of the air base had been taken over by Russian forces previously. The section handed over today was where Ukrainian soldiers and their families lived, Gregory reports.

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8:40 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Cops Can't Have Sex With Prostitutes, Hawaiian Lawmakers Say

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, with Diamond Head in the background. State lawmakers are vowing to get rid of a provision in Hawaiian law that allows law enforcement officers to have sex with prostitutes if doing so is within the scope of their duties.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 10:36 am

Headlines across the nation and around the Web — such as the one we posted on Friday that read "In Hawaii, Sex With A Prostitute May Be Legal For Undercover Cops" — have led to promises of quick action:

-- "Hawaii lawmakers to end prostitution exemption," says Honolulu's KITV.

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