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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7:58am

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Deadly Explosion Rocks Oslo; Youth Camp Also Attacked

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:37 am

People light candles and lay flowers in central Oslo, Norway, on Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of twin attacks a day earlier. At least 91 people died in an explosion at government offices in the capital and a shooting at a youth camp on nearby Utoya island.
Jan Johannessen AFP/Getty Images

Two tragic stories are playing out in Norway, where a large explosion today — or possibly more than one blast — caused deaths, injuries and extensive damage to government buildings in Oslo.

At the same time, there are reports that an individual dressed as a police officer opened fire at a youth Labor Party camp on an island in a fjord about 45 minutes from Oslo. News media in Norway say there were fatalities.

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7:45am

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

First Suspect Cleared, Two Others Arrested In Beating Of Giants Fan

The search for who was responsible for the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan earlier this year after a game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers took a surprising turn Thursday.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, police "arrested two men in connection with the brutal [March 31] beating ... and have concluded that the suspect they took into custody in May was not involved in the attack, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said."

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7:15am

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

James Murdoch: What Did He Know And When Did He Know It?

The latest key development in the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" centers on News Corp. executive James Murdoch (son of Rupert) and "claims he misled lawmakers" earlier this week, The Associated Press writes.

The wire service adds that "a [British] lawmaker called for a police investigation and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the media scion had 'questions to answer' about what he knew and when he knew it."

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6:30am

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Crisis In The Horn Of Africa: 'We Need Water, We Need Life'

In Dadaab, Kenya, newly arrived Somali refugees lined up for tents Thursday (July 21, 2011).
Oli Scarff Getty Images

While in the U.S. we worry about the dangerous heat wave covering much of the country, in the Horn of Africa the famine, drought and conflict plaguing Somalia and some nearby regions have combined to create a far deadlier disaster.

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5:30am

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

It's So Hot That ...

Dealing with the dog days: This pooch in Manhattan found one way to stay cool Thursday (July 21, 2011).
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Hot hot is it?

"#itssohot my makeup melted as I was applying it." (@sleepgh on Twitter.)

Or, "#itssohot my Iced Coffee cup says 'Caution: Hot Beverage' on it." (@number6six.)

Feel free to join that Twitter trend or give us your own "it's so hot" responses in our comments section.

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