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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11:11am

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

News Media, Advocacy Groups Press For Release Of Bin Laden Photos

Originally published on Tue May 10, 2011 9:11 am

A still image from video released Saturday (May 7, 2011) by the US Department of Defense shows Osama bin Laden. The video was obtained during the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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President Obama decided last week that post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden would not be released because they might pose a national security risk. They could be used as "an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," he told CBS News' 60 Minutes.

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9:20am

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Analysts: Microsoft Will Build Skype Into All Sorts Of Products

Now that it's been confirmed that Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, a couple questions arise:

Where does Skype fit into Microsoft's plans?

And will Microsoft succeed where Skype hasn't so far — by making money from the Internet telephone service? Or is that not the point?

A few earlier analyses:

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8:45am

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Japanese Prime Minister Gives Up His Salary

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said today that he is giving up his $20,200 a month salary "until the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is brought under control," Kyodo News reports.

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8:13am

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Was 'Braced For Fights' With Pakistanis, 'New York Times' Reports

"President Obama insisted that the assault force hunting down Osama bin Laden last week be large enough to fight its way out of Pakistan if confronted by hostile local police officers and troops," The New York Times writes this morning, citing anonymous "senior administration and military officials" as its sources.

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3:45pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Taxidermy: A Way To Keep From Wasting 'What Nature Had Given Us'

Some sports and hobbies don't get much coverage in the national media.

Taxidermy and the competitions among its enthusiasts certainly don't.

Today, All Things Considered host Melissa Block talked with Larry Blomquist, editor of Breakthrough magazine ("devoted to the serious wildlife arts") and organizer of the World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships, which just wrapped up in St. Charles, Mo.

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