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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12:22pm

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Inhofe Adds Details About What's Shown In Bin Laden Death Photos

[Note: If graphic descriptions of fatal wounds bother you, this post might be disturbing.]

The first member of Congress to be shown post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden tells Politico that "it was hard to tell if the bullet went through his ear and out the eye socket or vice versa. ... There was head matter, appearing to be brains, coming out of the socket."

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11:23am

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Tiger Woods Withdraws After Nine Holes At Players Championship

Tiger Woods talked with reporters after withdrawing from The Players Championship this morning.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Tiger Woods' bid to once again be the world's best golfer suffered another setback today.

He walked off the course after nine holes at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this morning.

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10:50am

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Jim Lehrer Stepping Away From Anchor Role On 'PBS NewsHour'

Originally published on Thu May 12, 2011 8:50 am

Jim Lehrer, when he moderated the the first 2008 presidential debate, at the University of Mississippi.
David McNew Getty Images

After 36 years anchoring the PBS NewsHour in its various forms, Jim Lehrer is stepping aside.

But he won't be leaving completely.

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9:58am

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

As Tornadoes Closed In, Air Traffic Controllers Stayed At Their Stations

After all the attention given to air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job in recent months, it only seems fair to point to this report from ABC News that tells how controllers at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center in Hampton, Ga., stayed at their work stations on April 27 to

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9:05am

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: 'Time For Companies To Step Up' And Bet On American Workers

CBS News

"It is time for companies to step up," President Obama said Wednesday during a town hall hosted by CBS News that's been broadcast this morning on The Early Show.

American taxpayers, he said, helped bail out several industries in 2008 and 2009.

"Companies have benefited from that, and they're making a lot of money," Obama said, "And now's the time for them to start betting on American workers and American products."

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