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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8:05am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Two-Way

AP Poll Puts Obama's Approval At Two-Year High

President Obama, during a Democratic National Committee event in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday (May 10, 2011).
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

"President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden."

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7:37am

Wed May 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Bin Laden Was Killed 'Relatively Early' In Raid

Among the evidence seized at bin Laden's compound were videos — including one showing the al-Qaida leader watching TV. The Pentagon released this image from one of the videos on May 7, 2011.
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Osama bin Laden was dead about 20 minutes after U.S. commandos landed at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last week "a U.S. official" has told CBS News' David Martin.

The official, saying that the al-Qaida leader was killed "relatively early" in the operation, tells CBS that members of the Navy SEAL team spent about half the 40 minutes they were at the compound collecting computers, hard drives, thumb drives and other evidence about bin Laden's terrorist network.

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3:51pm

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

'No Way Out' For Syrian Regime, Prominent Dissident Says

The escalating crackdown that has meant an increasing number of deaths is not going to stop the Syrian people from continuing to protest against the regime of President Bashar Assad, a prominent Syrian writer and dissident tells All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

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2:48pm

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Secret Service Starts To Share (A Little) On Twitter

We were hoping (but not really expecting) to go there and find something like this:

#VPOTUS cracks us up. But one more Amtrak story and we're putting in for overtime. Special Agent training doesn't prepare you for that!

Alas, the new U.S. Secret Service Twitter page is focusing on serious subjects.

It went live on Monday with tweets such as these:

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1:50pm

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Bin Laden Son Who Rejects Violence Condemns Father's 'Arbitrary Killing'

Saying that "arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems," an adult son of Osama bin Laden has condemned his father's killing.

The statement from 30-year-old Omar bin Laden, which was sent to The New York Times, is said to be on behalf of himself and other adult sons of the al-Qaida leader, the Times reports.

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