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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7:48am

Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Missing Ex-FBI Agent's Family To Captors: 'Tell Us Your Demands'

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Robert Levinson, in the video his family received from the retired FBI-agent's captors.
HelpBobLevinson.com

In a direct message to the people who have held retired FBI agent Robert Levinson since he disappeared nearly five years ago in Iran, his son and wife today ask the captors to "please tell us your demands."

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Fri December 9, 2011

6:20am

Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

'Inferno' At Hospital In India Kills Scores, Staff Accused Of Running

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:05 pm

A grieving woman at the scene of today's fire in Kolkata.
AFP/Getty Images

Horrific news from Kolkata, India:

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5:55am

Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Isolated As Euro Nations Move Ahead On New Pact

Britain Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier today at the summit in Brussels.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

There's been movement today in Brussels, where leaders from the European Union nations are trying to save the euro and restore some faith in the financial markets that they can manage the euro zone's debt crisis. But an important division remains among the 27 nations.

The consensus among news outlets covering the story seems to be:

-- "UK Isolated As Europe Moves Ahead On Fiscal Union." (Reuters)

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5:15am

Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Slain Virginia Tech Officer's Dash Cam Shows Suspected Shooter

Virginia Tech officer Deriek Crouse, who died Thursday.
Virginia Tech

It still isn't known why a man apparently walked up to a campus police officer at Virginia Tech yesterday and fatally shot the 39-year-old father of five. And the identity of the gunman, who authorities believe died of a gunshot wound shortly after the attack, hasn't yet been released.

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