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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2:38pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Memphis Emergency Official's Plea: Please Don't Go Near The River

While folks in Memphis anxiously watch and wait as the Mississippi River rises and near-historic flooding continues, the local emergency planning director says he's worried about people who are venturing out to see the display of nature's force.

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2:05pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Hasidic Newspaper Removes Clinton, Another Woman From Iconic Photo

In case you haven't heard about this editorial decision:

Der Tzitung, a Hasidic newspaper published in Brooklyn, stuck with its editorial policy of never printing photos of women (out of fear that the imagery might be too suggestive) when it used the now iconic photo of President Obama and his advisers anxiously waiting for word from Pakistan about the mission to get al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

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1:32pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Ship With 600 Aboard Sank Outside Port Of Tripoli

United Nations officials are investigating reports that an overcrowded ship with 600 people aboard sank Friday "just outside the port of Tripoli," The Associated Press says.

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12:39pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Wild Tiger Cubs At Play

Making the case that the Indonesian government needs to fulfill its pledge to protect the rare Sumatran tigers that live within its borders, the World Wildlife Fund today released video and photos of 12 tigers that came in view of its hidden camera over the course of two months.

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12:11pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Three Security Incidents On Passenger Jets Sunday

There's nothing in the stories we see at this time to indicate there's any connection between these incidents or that they have any connection to recent events — most notably the U.S. raid last week that ended with the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

On Sunday:

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