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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7:04am

Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Cricket's Sehwag Smashes Tendulkar's Record

India's captain Virender Sehwag celebrates his "double century."
Aijaz Rahi AP

Less than two years after India's Sachin Tendulkar achieved cricket superstardom by recording a "double century" in an international match, his record has been broken.

Here's how the BBC reports the news:

"India opener Virender Sehwag has hit the record one-day international score after smashing 219 from 149 balls against West Indies in Indore."

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7:02am

Thu December 8, 2011

7:00am

Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Top News Memes Of 2011: Pepper Spray Cop, Bin Laden, Steve Jobs

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 7:02 am

Spraying the Declaration of Independence (John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence").
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Video of a police officer dousing Occupy protesters with pepper spray was one of the top three news-related memes of 2011, according to the analysts who follow this sort of thing at Know Your Meme.

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6:20am

Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

European Central Bank Cuts Rates To Match Record Low

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 6:26 am

It's a widely expected move, but still noteworthy:

"The European Central Bank cut interest rates by a quarter of a point on Thursday to counter the twin threats of recession and deflation in the euro zone, and is expected to unveil fresh measures to help banks hurt by the bloc's debt crisis," Reuters reports.

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6:03am

Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Corzine Apologizes, Defends Actions Of MF Global, May Invoke Fifth

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 11:11 am

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D).
Mario Tama Getty Images

Former New Jersey senator and governor Jon Corzine, who led MF Global as it spectacularly collapsed in a bankruptcy that has left $1.2 billion in client money missing, is due at a House Agriculture Committee hearing this morning to face questions about what happened.

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