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.

Pages

1:30pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Foam-Wielding Assailant Gets To Murdoch

Britain's Channel 4 News has posted the video, including slow-motion replays, of a man attacking News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch with a paper plate of shaving cream today during a hearing before a committee of Parliament into the invasions of privacy by some of Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K.

Read more

12:35pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Deadly Heat Wave Continues, And 'Worst Yet To Come'

Purple areas are where the heat is expected to be the worst.
National Weather Service

With more than a dozen heat-related deaths this week across the Midwest, it's sobering to think that the worst is "yet to come," but that's just what the Chicago Tribune is warning:

Read more

11:04am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Think You're A 'Budget Hero?' There's A Game For That

American Public Media

As talks continue in Washington about how to cut the budget, reduce expected federal deficits and start shrinking the federal debt, our friends at American Public Media's Marketplace have put together Budget Hero — an interactive game "that encourages players to think through the complexities and challenges of the federal budget."

Read more

9:15am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

LIVE: Murdoch, Others Testify On U.K. Tabloid Scandal

For those who want to follow as News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch takes questions from members of the British Parliament about the "hacking scandal" that has engulfed some of his company's newspapers in the U.K.:

Britain's Channel 4 News is webcasting the morning's hearings here, and has made the feed available to other news sites.

Read more

8:40am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Housing Starts Gained In June

There was a 14.6 percent increase in housing starts in June from May, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development just reported.

Construction (at an annualized rate) was begun on 629,000 homes and apartment buildings.

Bloomberg News points out that starts rose to "the fastest pace in five months."

Read more

Pages