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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12:46pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Afghanistan Address Set For 8 P.M. ET Wednesday

Just in from the White House:

"At 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 22nd, the President will address the nation from the White House to lay out his plan for implementing his strategy — first unveiled in December 2009 — to draw down American troops from Afghanistan."

This refers to, as we wrote earlier, to the announcement about the pace and scope of the troop withdrawal.

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11:49am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Astronaut Mark Kelly, Rep. Giffords' Husband, Retires From Navy And NASA

"Today, I am humbled to announce that after 25 years of service to our country, I am retiring from the United States Navy and leaving NASA, effective Oct. 1," Navy Capt. Mark Kelly just wrote on his Facebook page.

Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), adds that:

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10:50am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Fall; Pace Is Weakest Of Year So Far

There was a 3.8 percent drop in sales of previously owned homes in May from April, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Also, the "seasonally adjusted annual rate" of 4.81 million was down 15.3 percent from May 2010, "when sales were surging to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit," NAR says.

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10:39am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Decisions On Afghan Strategy Won't End With Obama's Announcement

Marines pause during an operation earlier this month in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

All the usual cliches are being used in the run-up to Wednesday's expected announcement from President Obama about how fast and how soon the 30,000-or-so additional troops who went into Afghanistan during the "surge" will be coming home.

Milestone. Turning point. Critical.

Pick your word.

But this is worth bearing in mind:

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9:45am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Huntsman 'About To Announce'

Only in the social media age can this sort of thing happen:

"About to announce my candidacy for president of the United States. Watch live at www.Jon2012.com and please RT #Jon2012," former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman just tweeted.

And his jon2012.com website is now up and running.

So, the Republican has announced that he's about to announce something that we all knew he was going to announce.

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