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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5:25am

Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 9:39 am

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

American Airlines, one of the giants of the U.S. airline industry, just announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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5:15am

Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

'Massive' Turnout Continues In Egypt On Second Day Of Voting

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 5:18 am

Votes piled up inside a ballot box at a polling station in Old Cairo earlier today (Nov. 29, 2011).
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

A second day of voting is underway in Egypt's parliamentary elections, with turnout being described as "massive and unexpected" and things moving along peacefully, The Associated Press and NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro report from Cairo.

According to the wire service:

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12:35pm

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Urban Meyer Takes Ohio State Job

Urban Meyer: He won two football championships at Florida. Ohio State hopes he can bring more to Columbus.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Urban Meyer, who led the Florida Gators to two national football championships, will indeed be taking the head coaching job at Ohio State, according to reports from The Columbus Dispatch, ESPN and several other news outlets. There's a news conference at the school scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET.

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11:45am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Kansas Gov.: Teen Doesn't Need To Apologize For Tweet

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 12:41 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
John Hanna AP

There's no need for 18-year-old Emma Sullivan to apologize and his staff overreacted by telling officials at her high school that the teen had tweeted about how the governor "sucked," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) said today.

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8:00am

Mon November 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
Mark Wilson Getty Images

WBUR in Boston reports it has confirmed that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek re-election in 2012.

CNN says that "Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from [his] office."

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