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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6:15am

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Occupy Wall Street: College Students Urged To Walk Out Today

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 10:02 am

The scene this week at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan.

Spencer Platt Getty Images

As the Occupy Wall Street protests enter their 19th day and continue to spread well beyond lower Manhattan, there's word from the related "Occupy Colleges" movement that a "nationwide college student walk out" has been called for noon today.

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5:30am

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Four Accused Of 'Brazen' Federal Contracting Corruption Scheme

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 5:34 am

Four men were arrested Tuesday for their alleged roles in what the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, alleges was "one of the most brazen corruption schemes in the history of federal contracting."

The Washington Post's Crime Scene blog writes that:

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5:10am

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Chemistry Nobel Goes To Scientist Who Discovered Quasicrystals

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 10:06 am

Nobel laureate Daniel Shechtman.

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced this morning.

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1:05pm

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Beware The Bear Market? Here's Why Not To

With the Dow Jones industrial average and other market indexes around 20 percent below their recent peaks, the very definition of a "bear market," there's understandably a fair amount of concern among investors and everyone else who watches the economic indicators.

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10:55am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Gov. Christie Says No To Presidential Run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

"Now is not my time," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just said at a news conference in Trenton — ruling out a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me," Christie added.

Update at 1:10 p.m. ET. More From Christie:

The governor said he did consider making a bid. He had been asked to run by many people, Christie said, and "felt an obligation to earnestly consider their advice."

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