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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10:25am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Pizza Predictor: Asia's Appetite Is Back; A Sign Of Better Times?

The appeal for pizza knows no boundaries (or at least not many).
PR newswire

A year ago, U.S. dairy farmers were worried about a souring in demand for their products overseas. Mexicans weren't buying as much dehydrated milk. In China, demand was down for American pizza cheese.

Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC reported for All Things Considered that dairy farmers were having some of the toughest times they'd ever faced.

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9:25am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Factory Output Flat Again In June

There was no change in output at the nation's manufacturers last month, the Federal Reserve just reported.

A flat June followed a scant 0.1 percent increase in May and a 0.5 percent decline in output in April, the Fed adds.

Another sign of sogginess in the factory sector: previously, the Fed had estimated that production rose 0.4 percent in May from April. The new estimate — of that 0.1 percent rise — marks a significant downward revision.

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8:55am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S., Western Countries Recognize Opposition As Libyan Government

The United States just announced that it now considers the main opposition group in Libya to be that country's legitimate government.

The Transitional National Council that opposes Col. Moammar Gadhafi won international recognition from the U.S. and other members of the Contact Group, the 22 nations who coalesced to address Libya's future. NPR's Peter Kenyon is at the Group's summit in Istanbul and tells NPR Newscast Desk that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement.

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8:34am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Prices Fell 0.2 Percent In June

There was a 0.2 percent drop in consumer prices in June from May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Keeping inflation in check: A 6.8 percent drop in gasoline prices.

Also helping: Food prices rose a modest 0.2 percent, the smallest monthly increase so far this year.

Over the last 12 months, BLS added, consumer prices have risen 3.6 percent.

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8:25am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Maybe An Early End To 'Carmageddon?'

A traffic signs alerts motorists on Interstate 405 of the shutdown.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

If you're in Los Angeles this weekend and you try to drive anywhere near the 10-mile stretch of Interstate-405 that's closing tonight at 7 p.m. local time, don't say you weren't warned.

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