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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9:11am

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Presidential Palace Attacked In Yemen

The official line from the government in Yemen is that President Ali Abdullah Saleh is "alive and will soon make a nationwide address," Reuters reports, following word of an attack on the presidential palace and an earlier claim by some in the opposition that he had been killed.

The Associated Press says it's been told by a government official that Saleh was slightly injured. Yemen's deputy prime minister was more seriously injured, according to the official.

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8:43am

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Has Died, His Lawyer Says

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:46 am

Dr. Jack Kevorkian in June, 1998.
Jeff Kowalsky AFP/Getty Images

"Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world's medical ethics stage, died this morning between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., said his lawyer Mayer Morganroth." (Detroit Free Press)

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8:34am

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Rate Ticks Up To 9.1 Percent; Only 54,000 Jobs Added

The May employment report was weaker than expected.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

-- The unemployment rate edged up to 9.1 percent from 9.0 percent in April. It had been expected to hold steady or perhaps even edge down a tenth of a point.

-- There were only 54,000 jobs added to businesses' and government payrolls, well below the 150,000 or so that had been forecast and nowhere near the pace needed to reduce unemployment.

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8:28am

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

For 'National Doughnut Day,' The Salvation Army's Original Recipe

Mmmm.
Robert Sullivan. AFP/Getty Images

We must note that today is the 73rd National Doughnut Day — a celebration of tasty goodness that honors the work done by the Salvation Army and the "lassies" who made doughnuts for soldiers in World War I and World War II.

If you hit a Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and some local stores, there could be a free doughnut for you (Dunkin Donuts requires a beverage purchase; Krispy Kreme does not). And Salvation Army workers may be on hand to take donations.

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8:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobs Report Coming; Weak Growth Expected

Dirk Nowitzki (R) of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over Udonis Haslem (L) of the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday (June 2, 2011) in Miami. Nowitzki hit the decisive layup with 3.6 seconds remaining as the Mavericks rallied to beat the Heat 95-93.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Good morning.

As we've already reported, there's word from The Hague that former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic made his first appearance before a U.N. war crimes court today. A defiant Mladic rejected what he said are the "obnoxious charges" against him. He's accused of ordering the deaths of thousands during the wars that ripped apart the former Yugoslavia in the '90s.

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