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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8:40am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Gadhafi Asks Followers To Fight On

As word comes that leaders of the opposition that has taken control of much of Libya have extended the deadline by which they want fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi to surrender, the ousted leader has been heard urging his supporters to fight on, Al-Arabiya and other news outlets are reporting.

Gadhafi's whereabouts aren't known. Nor is just when the recorded message was recorded.

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8:00am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Solar Company's Shutdown Becomes Political Issue

May 26, 2010: President Obama tours the Solyndra solar panel company with Executive VP of Engineering Ben Bierman.
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Just a little more than a year ago, President Obama was in Fremont, Calif., to tout the jobs created by a solar cell manufacturing company called Solyndra.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reported:

"The federal government guaranteed a $500 million loan for the company that, White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein said, is allowing Solyndra to build a new solar cell factory employing 3,000 construction workers and creating 1,000 permanent jobs."

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7:25am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Soda Or Pop? Which Do You Drink?

Blue is for "pop." Red is for "coke." Other colors show where "soda" is supposedly preferred.
popvssoda.com

Having grown up in "pop" country, gone to college in a "soda" city and lived for nearly 30 years in a place where the two cultures mix, this blogger is well aware that folks can get excited when they start debating about what to call carbonated beverages.

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7:00am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Condoleezza Rice Resents Cheney's 'Attack On My Integrity'

When they were on the same team: Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2008.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Top officials from President George W. Bush's administration continue to fire back at former Vice President Dick Cheney for things he says in his new memoir.

First it was former Secretary of State Colin Powell who accused Cheney of taking "cheap shots" with some of his criticisms of former colleagues.

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6:40am

Thu September 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dipped Last Week

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 12,000 last week from the week before, to 409,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It adds that "the 4-week moving average was 410,250, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 408,500."

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