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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2:27pm

Mon March 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign Won't Seek Re-Election

The Las Vegas Sun and The Associated Press are reporting they've been told by sources with first-hand knowledge that Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) will announce this afternoon that he won't seek re-election in 2012.

As the Sun reminds us:

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2:05pm

Mon March 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Battles Continue In Key Libyan Cities

Some of the latest reporting on the fighting between forces loyal to Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi and those who are trying to topple his regime:

-- CNN's Nic Robertson (on Twitter): "Battle for #Ziwiya appears to continue despite govt claims it now under their control. We got within mile of city center today."

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12:30pm

Mon March 7, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Will Die For Our Country' In Fight Against Gadhafi, Libyan Diplomat Says

The Libyan people who are fighting to overthrow the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi need some help from the U.S. and other nations but do not want foreign soldiers to come to their aid, says Libyan diplomat Ali Aujali.

Aujali, the Libyan ambassador to the U.S. who last month announced he was quitting Gadhafi's government, told Tell Me More host Michel Martin a short time ago that Libyans need just a few things from the international community:

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11:40am

Mon March 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: Those Around Gadhafi 'Will Be Held Accountable'

Saying he wanted to send a "clear message ... to those who are around Col. [Moammar] Gadhafi," President Obama just said that those who are with the Libyan leader have a "choice to make about how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable" if the attacks on anti-government protesters continue.

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11:30am

Mon March 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Hearing On 'Muslim Radicalization' Misses Greater Threats, Congressman Says

In the days leading up to Thursday's hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on what Chairman Peter King (R-NY) warns is the threat from a radicalization of Muslims in the U.S., Tell Me More is having conversations with people on all sides of the debate over whether the hearing will be illuminating or inflammatory.

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