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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5:15am

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Clinton Plans Landmark Visit As Myanmar Shows 'Flickers Of Progress'

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 10:24 am

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Khin Maung Win AP

When he announced early today that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Myanmar next month, President Obama cited "flickers of progress" on respect for human rights in the country also known as Burma as grounds for the first visit by an American secretary of state in 50 years.

Among those signs: the release of some political prisoners new President Thein Sein's government and relaxing of some restrictions on the media.

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1:32pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Alleged White House Shooter Charged With Attempted Assassination

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been charged with attempting to assassinate the president for allegedly firing at least two shots at the White House last Friday evening.

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1:11pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Baseball's Houston Astros To Switch Leagues In 2013

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 1:13 pm

Where are we going, skip? Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, left, and pitching coach Doug Brocail.
John Sommers II Getty Images

The Houston Astros will be moving from Major League Baseball's National League to the American League "as soon as the 2013 season," MLB announced this afternoon.

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11:22am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

California Court Says Same-Sex Marriage Foes May Defend Prop 8

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 12:00 pm

Californians who oppose same-sex marriage just won a procedural victory in court.

The state's Supreme Court ruled this hour that opponents of same-sex marriage who successfully pushed the Proposition 8 law that bans such unions in the state may defend the initiative in court. The court's opinion is here.

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10:40am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:31 pm

In Los Angeles today: Occupy protesters march.
Jae C. Hong AP

The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.

-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.

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