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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1:45pm

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

When It's Your Time, Would You Like To Be Liquefied?

We had to read on after spotting this line atop a BBC News story today:

"A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial 'alkaline hydrolysis' unit at a Florida funeral home."

And just what does that involve? As the St. Petersburg Times explained last October:

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11:35am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

$100 Million, Six-Year Deal For Michael Vick

Michael Vick, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, earlier this month.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

The six-year deal announced Monday night that will keep Michael Vick with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles could be worth up to $100 million for the quarterback who just a little more than two years was finishing up an 18-month prison term after being convicted on charges related to dog fighting.

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10:25am

Tue August 30, 2011
It's All Politics

On Perry's Turf, Romney Aims Jab At 'Career Politicians'

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 8:49 am

Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., on Aug. 24.
Jim Cole AP

Deep in the heart of Texas, home to one of his toughest rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declared today that:

"I have spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy. Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

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9:00am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Cheney: Iraq War Did Not Hurt Reputation Of U.S.; Was Sound Policy

"Critics here at home" argue that the war in Iraq has hurt the reputation of the United States around the world, former Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged this morning. But he doesn't believe that's true.

"In fact I think it was sound policy that dealt with a very serious problem" — then-Iraqi leader Sadaam Hussein — Cheney said on NBC-TV's The Today Show.

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8:15am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence 'Plummeted In August'

Blunt words from The Conference Board in its just-released report on how consumers are feeling:

"The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved slightly in July, plummeted in August."

The widely watched index now stands at 44.5, its lowest point in more than two years, vs. 59.2 in July. In good times, the index often stays well above 100.

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