Mark Memmott

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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10:20am

Thu March 10, 2011
The Two-Way

'Snoop' From 'The Wire' Is Arrested In Real-Life Baltimore Drug Raid

If you watched HBO's gritty series The Wire, the character "Snoop" is someone you almost surely remember from a colorful cast of Baltimore cops, killers and drug dealers. As her character bio says, Snoop "is a hardcore hitter [translation: killer] whose size and demeanor belies her lethal abilities."

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9:30am

Thu March 10, 2011

9:10am

Thu March 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

About 26,000 more people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

There were 397,000 such applications.

As The Associated Press says, it was "only the second increase in six weeks."

The increase may be in part because of the calendar, Bloomberg News reports:

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8:50am

Thu March 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Today: House Hearing On 'Muslim Radicalization'

As our colleague Liz Halloran writes this morning, "New York Rep. Peter King's hearings on what he has characterized as the 'radicalization of Muslims in America' open Thursday amid a clamor of outrage from many quarters."

We've posted about the hearings and the controversy surrounding them several times:

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8:15am

Thu March 10, 2011
The Two-Way

France Recognizes Libya's Rebels; BBC Team Roughed Up By Gadhafi's Men

A few of this morning's developments related to the crisis in Libya:

-- "Members of the rebel Libyan National Council are 'valid interlocutors', Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday after France recognized the [rebel] council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people. 'The U.K. recognizes states, not governments. The interim national council are valid interlocutors, with whom we wish to work closely,' a spokesman for the Foreign Office told Reuters."

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