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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11:12am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Biden, Boehner, Kasich, Obama: Who Would Be Most Fun To Golf With?

Dec. 29, 2008, file photo: Barack Obama (then the president-elect) golfing in Hawaii.
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A not-at-all serious question:

We ask because, as All Thing Considered host Robert Siegel said Thursday:

"When the most politically powerful foursome in America tees off on Saturday, they will not play the most notable round of golf in the Washington, D.C., area. Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, which is just beyond the District Line, is home to this year's U.S. Open, and on Saturday, it'll be time for round three.

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10:30am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'Leading Indicators' Rose In May

There was a 0.8 percent rise in its "leading economic index" in May from April, the private Conference Board just reported.

The indicator, which is supposed to tell us how the economy will be doing over the next six or nine months, is among many recent signals that things will probably be "choppy" through the summer and fall, Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says in a statement issued with the report.

There was a 0.4 percent drop in the index from March to April.

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10:14am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Estimate: Weiner's Pension And Benefits Could Exceed $1 Million

In about a decade, when he's eligible to start drawing from his Congressional pension and savings plans, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) will be able to tap into benefits worth between $1.12 million and $1.28 million, the conservative-leaning National Taxpayers Union estimates.

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9:45am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'Suspicious' Man Leads To Closed Roads, Traffic Jam Around Pentagon

There was a fair amount of conflicting information in the past hour or so about a situation near the Pentagon, so we waited a bit to see how things played out.

Based on what FBI Special Agent Brenda Heck and U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser just told reporters, it appears:

-- A "suspicous" man was apprehended before dawn in Arlington National Cemetery, which is near the Pentagon.

-- The investigation led authorities to a red, 2011 Nissan parked somewhere near the Pentagon.

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8:51am

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Saudi Women Get Behind The Wheel, Renew Protest Of Driving Ban

Manal al-Sharif, some supporters say, is Saudi Arabia's Rosa Parks.
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We're starting to see reports on Twitter about today's #Women2Drive campaign against Saudi Arabia's cultural ban on women drivers.

-- From Jeddah, Laila Sindi says that after 10 minutes behind the wheel she came to a police checkpoint. Her tweets indicate she was detained for a couple hours.

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