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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6:35am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Three American Students Arrested In Cairo

Three young Americans are among those who have been detained by authorities in Cairo during the last few days of protests there, according to reports from The Washington Post, CNN and other news outlets.

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6:15am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor Apologizes For Pepper-Spraying

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 1:11 pm

University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda Katehi as she met with Occupy protesters Monday on campus.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

"A visibly shaken" Chancellor Linda Katehi, as The Davis Enterprise says, apologized publicly Monday for the now-infamous pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters by campus police last Friday.

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5:55am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Talk About Rough Politics: Korean Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 5:58 am

This still image taken from video shows lawmaker Kim Sun-Dong (bottom) of the Democratic Labor Party detonating a tear gas canister and throwing it toward the chairman's seat at the National Assembly.
Yonhap AFP/Getty Images

Angered by the ruling party's successful push to ratify a free trade deal with the U.S., a South Korean lawmaker "doused rivals with tear gas" earlier today during a raucous session of parliament, The Associated Press writes from Seoul.

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5:40am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

One Thing's For Sure, Superfailure Guarantees 'Long Election-Year Debate'

Now that it's official and the so-called supercommittee in Congress has declared its members can't agree on how to cut about $1.2 trillion from the next decade's federal budget deficits, the "what next" stories are everywhere.

And many are zeroing in on the political effects.

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5:15am

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Crowd Gathering Again In Cairo, But Outside Square Life Is Normal

There's another mass rally underway in Cairo's Tahrir Square — where four straight days of anti-military rule protests have turned violent and led to about 30 deaths and thousands of injuries as government forces responded with force.

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